What is GiveNOLA Day?

April 11, 2014

What is GiveNOLA Day?

Hosted on May 6th by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s first one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that are making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all.

Based on successful models from other cities, GiveNOLA Day raises money for the community, brings new donors to local nonprofits, and helps make our region a more vital place to live. GiveNOLA Day is tied to a national event called Give Local America in which 75 communities across America ask their communities to give back on May 6, 2014.

Why give on Tuesday, May 6th?

Every dollar donated from 12:01 a.m. to midnight on www.GiveNOLA.org on Tuesday, May 6th will be stretched with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and our generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. While we encourage you to support our exceptional nonprofits with year-round giving, GiveNOLA Day is the one day we come together as one to celebrate our community’s spirit of generosity and support our local nonprofits.

How does my gift go a little further?

In partnership with its generous donors, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has raised over $300,000 to make each and every gift go a little further. First, there’s a $200,000 Lagniappe Fund which is a “stretch” fund. Here’s how it works: if a nonprofit organization raises 5% of the total donations during GiveNOLA Day then it will receive an additional 5% or $10,000 from the Lagniappe Fund. Secondly, there are $72,000 in prizes for the nonprofits that raise the most money and get the most number of people to donate. Thirdly, every hour on the hour, any nonprofit can be randomly selected to win a $1,000 Rock-Around-the-Clock prize.

Can anyone participate?

Yes! Anyone can make a tax deductible donation to a nonprofit created a profile on GiveNOLA.org by March 17, 2014.  The minimum gift is $10 and there is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations you can make.  Approximately 300 nonprofits are participating in our inaugural year and you can search for your favorite nonprofit by name, parish, or service area.

How much of my donation goes to the nonprofit?

All of your donation will go directly to the nonprofit except for the nominal processing and credit card fee. The Greater New Orleans Foundation does not receive any fees from GiveNOLA Day.

Can I give through my fund at the Foundation?

Yes, in fact, fundholders at the Greater New Orleans Foundation are encouraged to give through their funds to avoid transaction fees. The deadline to donate to your favorite charity participating in GiveNOLA Day  is May 1, 2014. Please contact Allie Betts, donor relations manager, at allie@gnof.org or (504) 598-4663 to submit your GiveNOLA Day gift today.

Would you like to be a GiveNOLA Day volunteer?

We invite you to take part in New Orleans’ first official day of giving. Volunteers are needed to help with special events and community outreach. Please click here or call the Foundation to join the volunteer efforts: 504-598-4663.

Learn more on GiveNOLA.org!