What is a Giving Day?

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised $4 million from 28,000+ donations across the nation. This year, we hope to do even more! GiveNOLA Day is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.

When will GiveNOLA Day take place?

It will be from 12:00:01 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. on May 2, 2017. All event-related donations must be made online during the 24-hour period.

Why give on May 2nd through GiveNOLA.org?

While we encourage you to support your local nonprofits with year-round giving, we are creating a special event on May 2 – a charitable holiday. It’s our day to celebrate the Greater New Orleans region's spirit of generosity and support the work of our nonprofits. Plus, your dollars during the 24-hour period will be amplified by proportional “lagniappe funds,” as well as possible awards and hourly prizes.

What is the “Lagniappe Fund"?

Our goal this year is to raise at least $250,000 in local, proportional "lagniappe" dollars. At the end of the event, every agency will receive a proportional share of this fund based upon its percentage of the total dollars raised. The equation to calculate lagniappe dollars is: 
Amount you raise ÷ Amount raised by ALL on May 2 = Your lagniappe fund percentage

What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities with a common goal: improving the quality of life in the geographic areas they serve. Community foundations are funded by individuals, families, corporations, and nonprofit organizations that create permanent charitable funds to help meet critical needs within a given region. Overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens, community foundations invest and administer these funds. There are now over 700 community foundations in the United States.

About the Greater New Orleans Foundation:

At the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we look to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant community in which individuals and families flourish and the special character of our region is preserved, celebrated, and supported. Our mission is to create a thriving community for all. Since our founding by forward-looking community leaders in 1983, the Foundation has grown from $4 million in assets to more than $300 million in assets under management today. The Foundation has played a key role in the region’s recovery, coordinating donor efforts and rallying support following the disasters that have affected our area, including Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast oil spill. Today, GNOF manages more than 700 funds devoted to charitable, environmental, cultural, and economic development purposes. As one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region, we’re proud of our investments in creating a thriving community for all. View our work.

Who can make a donation on GiveNOLA Day?

Anyone can make a donation to a nonprofit that has created a profile on GiveNOLA.org! The minimum donation is $10. 

How can I make a donation on GiveNOLA Day?

On May 2, starting at 12:00 a.m.and for the next 24 hours, go to the home page and use your credit or debit card to donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. You can search for a nonprofit by name, service area, or parish. Participating nonprofits will have a donation page where you can enter the amount you want to donate. Donations begin at $10 and there is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations you would like to make. You may give to as many different nonprofits as you like. 

What will the charge look like on my credit card statement?

Since all transactions are processed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, your credit card statement will reflect this. Depending on your bank, this charge may appear as “Greater New Orleans Foundation,” “GNOF,” or a similar abbreviation. The charge will not be posted as GiveNOLA or GiveNOLA.org. The donation is 100% tax deductible, and you will receive an immediate email from the Greater New Orleans Foundation confirming your donation, which you should save for your records. Any adjustments made to a donation must be done by June 20, 2017. 

Is my gift safe and secure?

CiviCore’s primary payment processing provider is Stripe. Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry. To accomplish this, Stripe makes use of best-in-class security tools and practices to maintain a high level of security at Stripe.

I have a donor advised fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Can I use it to make grants for GiveNOLA Day?

Yes, but donations using a GNOF account must be submitted by April 7, 2017. Donations made via the Greater New Orleans Foundation will not be subject to credit card or CiviCore processing fees. If you wish to transfer funds from your current fund at the Foundation, please contact Development Officer, Allie Betts at 504.598.4663 or allie@gnof.org.

Does the Greater New Orleans Foundation receive any portion of the donations?

No, the Greater New Orleans Foundation does not receive any of the processing fees or the credit card processing fees. However, the Greater New Orleans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) in Orleans Parish and therefore can and will accept donations through its profile on GiveNOLA.org. The Greater New Orleans Foundation will not receive any portion of lagniappe dollars.

Questions for the GiveNOLA Day Team?

Please call 504.598.4663 to speak with a Greater New Orleans Foundation staff member or email givenola@gnof.org.