11th Annual GiveNOLA Day to Take Place May 7, 2024

April 17, 2024



Courtney Thomas Barnes 

Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs 

Greater New Orleans Foundation  



11th Annual GiveNOLA Day to Take Place May 7, 2024 

Courtesy of J.R. Thomason

New Orleans(April 16, 2024) – Today, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (Foundation) announced that the 11th annualGiveNOLA Day, a 24-hour online giving event for the thirteen-parish Greater New Orleans Region will take place Tuesday, May 7. GiveNOLA Day 2024 is hosted by Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) and powered by Entergy. 

GiveNOLA Day has become a cornerstone of community spirit, drawing widespread participation and support from individuals, businesses, and civic leaders alike. During a press conference announcing GiveNOLA Day, Foundation leadership was joined by government officials, key sponsors, and local nonprofits who shared the real impact that GiveNOLA Day has in strengthening our region. In attendance: 

  • Andy Kopplin, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans Foundation 
  • David Barksdale, Board Chair, Greater New Orleans Foundation Board Chair
  • Cynthia Lee Sheng, Jefferson Parish President
  • Jennifer Avegno, Director, New Orleans Health Department 
  • Christy Ross, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Community Ministries
  • Nyka Scott, Vice President of Customer Service, Entergy New Orleans
  • Emily Arata, System Vice President, Ochsner Health
  • Todd Wackerman, Director, STEM Library Lab
  • Kheri Billy, Chief Executive Officer, Reconcile New Orleans
  • Anwar Nasir, Executive Director, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Yvette Roussel, CEO, North Shore Food Bank

“GiveNOLA Day is the Foundation’s most significant initiative. I like to think of it as our gift to the region,” said Andy Kopplin, President & CEO, Greater New Orleans Foundation, “Over the past 11 years, we’ve raised more than $57 million with 100% of contributions and sponsorship dollars going to participating nonprofits. We invite everyone to help bring the energy and generosity to help keep our communities thriving by giving on GiveNOLA Day.” 

“One of the many things I love about the Greater New Orleans Foundation is that at the very core of everything we do, we truly believe in the power of philanthropy. And we are fortunate to live in one of the most generous regions in this country,” said David Barksdale, Board Chair, Greater New Orleans Foundation. “From our institutions to our people, we believe that EVERYONE can be a philanthropist. And each year, GiveNOLA Day proves that belief to be true.”  

Courtesy of J.R. Thomason

Although the official event is May 7, early giving begins Tuesday, April 23.  Donors can visit GiveNOLA.org to choose from over 960 nonprofits. 

GiveNOLADayprovides support for 900+ regional nonprofits in the thirteen-parish region (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes). These participating nonprofits work on a broadrange of issues, including arts & culture, animal welfare, community improvement, education, environment, health, housing, human services, public safety & crime prevention, and youth development. 

For more information about GiveNOLA Day, hosted by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy, visitwww.GiveNOLA.org, emailGiveNOLA@gnof.org or call (504) 598-4663. 

Connect with the Greater New Orleans Foundation on Facebook (@greaterneworleansfoundation), Twitter (@GNOFoundation), and Instagram (@GNOFoundation). You can also help by sharing your GiveNOLA Day posts by using #GiveNOLADay. 


About the Greater New Orleans Foundation:  

With roots extending over 100 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation connectsgenerous people to the causes that spark their passion.As one of the most trusted philanthropic organizations in the region, we work every day to drive positive impact by championing charitable giving, strengthening nonprofits, and leading civic projects in our thirteen-parish region.In addition to grantmaking, we convene people, resources, and ideas to create intelligent strategies and solutions to meet our region’s greatest challenges. We are proud to serve as a vocal civic leader with our partners to ensure an economically and culturally vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all. Learn more atwww.gnof.org.

About Baptist Community Ministries (BCM): 

BCM is a 27-year-old private foundation providing philanthropic services and promoting the health and well-being of our community members in the Greater New Orleans area. BCM partners with local nonprofits and other organizations in an effort to build a healthier community and has awarded over $230 million in grants since its inception. In addition, BCM provides direct services through two operating divisions – Chaplaincy Services and Congregational Wellness. By doing so, BCM is able to extend its reach deeper into the community to help those in need. Learn more at www.bcm.org and find us on social at @bcmnola. 

About Entergy New Orleans, LLC: 

Entergy New Orleans, LLC is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers. Both companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation. Entergy strives to improve the quality of life in communities where Entergy operates through strategic investments in education/workforce development, low-income/poverty solutions, and environmental programs.