GiveNOLA Day Raises $5.6 Million in Fifth Year, Surpassing Goals

GNOF Team • May 2, 2018

More than 48,000 Gifts Made on GiveNOLA Day to 766 Participating Nonprofits

New Orleans, LA (May 2, 2018) – While the final numbers won’t be confirmed for several weeks, initial returns indicate that the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day generated an astounding $5,586,185 in donations for 766 nonprofits, exceeding its 2017 total of $4.9 million. The total number of online contributions exceeded 48,000 at the close of the 24-hour period.

“Raising $5.6 million for our local nonprofits in a 24-hour period is a testament to the generosity of the people of Southeast Louisiana,” said Andy Kopplin, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “We’re humbled to be part of such a generous community that supports the causes and nonprofit organizations that make our region great.”

During the 24-hour campaign on Tuesday, May 1, people made online donations to one or more of the 766 nonprofit organizations profiled on Donations came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 22 countries. The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed at

Every dollar donated on GiveNOLA Day will be stretched with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Additionally, awards and prizes totaling $126,000 will be awarded.

Part of the excitement of GiveNOLA Day was the opportunity for nonprofits to compete for cash awards. While the results are not yet final and rankings may change as reconciliation is completed, preliminary results indicate this year’s winners will be:

  • The small nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Youth Run NOLA, Dancing Grounds, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Zeus’ Rescues, and Friends of City Park.
  • The large nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Team Gleason, Louise S. McGehee School, WWNO, Academy of the Sacred Heart – New Orleans, and Benjamin Franklin High School.
  • The five small nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Trinity Community Center, Orleans Public Education Network, Deutsches Haus, and The First Tee of Greater New Orleans.
  • The five large nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Louise S. McGehee School, St. Tammany Humane Society, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Bridge House / Grace House.

*Note: Large nonprofits have operating budgets of a $1 million or more, while smaller nonprofits are those operating on less than $1 million. Results will not be finalized until reconciliation is complete.

Each hour, one large nonprofit and one small nonprofit won a $1,000 Rock Around the Clock Random drawing. This year, the winning small nonprofits were: Mondo Bizarro; Bayou Grace Community Services; Ride New Orleans; Top Box Food; Compassion Outreach of America; Anna’s Place NOLA; Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center; Capoeira and Brazilian Cultural Arts Center; CASA Jefferson; Compost NOW; HeartGift Foundation; Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.); Lafourche Education Foundation ; Zeus’ Rescues; Funny Bones Improv; VAYLA New Orleans; Bon Temps Studio; Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary; NOLA Code; Communities That Care of Lockport; WRBH Reading Radio; Committee for a Better New Orleans; Backyard Gardeners Network; ADL – Anti-Defamation League. The winning large nonprofits were: Innocence Project New Orleans; NAMI St. Tammany; Mercy Family Center; Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights; Northshore Food Bank; Community Works; Rebuilding Together New Orleans; Volunteers of America; American Cancer Society’s Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge; YMCA of Greater New Orleans; Raintree Children and Family Services; Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response (STAR); Youth Services Bureau; Southeast Louisiana Legal Services; Choice Foundation; Ozanam Inn; Project Lazarus; VIA LINK, Inc; City Year; Children’s Bureau of New Orleans; St. Michael’s Special School; Bridge House / Grace House; and New Orleans Mission.

GiveNOLA Day’s Lagniappe Fund was powered by presenting sponsor Entergy. Additional sponsors of GiveNOLA Day were: signature sponsor Baptist Community Ministries; supporting sponsors Boh Bros. Construction; Lynn and Mike Coatney Family Foundation Fund; Gills, Ellis & Baker; Laitram; The Lemle Fund; McIlhenny Foundation/Tabasco; and, Merrill Lynch. Friends sponsors were Baldwin, Haspel, Burke & Mayer; Bellwether Technology; Louellen & Darryl Berger and the Berger-Tiller Families; Lynne Burkart; Jones Walker; and, Villere & Company. Partners were the Boettcher Fund; Elizabeth Boh; Bridget & Bobby Bories; Cox Charitiesl Cathy & Mark McRae; and, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. Rock Around the Clock sponsors were: Lorraine and Scott Chotin; Jeanette Davis-Loeb; Patty and John Elstrott; Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick; Katie and Jimmy Gibert; JoAnn and Harry Greenberg Fund; Linda & Gordon Kolb Family Fund; LaPorte; Moses Engineers; Emily and Tapash Palit; Patrick Reily; the Shell Beach Fund; and, Trepwise.