Nonprofit Information

Eligibility Requirements

Registration for GiveNOLA Day is a two-step process. The deadline to complete step one of registration was February 14, 2017 at 5:00pmCT deadline. All registered nonprofits must participate in a mandatory mechanics webinar. To register for a webinar, please contact the Foundation at givenola@gnof.org.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are in good standing with the IRS and/or nonprofit entities that have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the IRS
  • The organization's service area and mailing address are in the Greater New Orleans Foundation 13-parish region, including: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington.
  • Organizations categorized by the IRS as a 509(a)(3). Supporting organizations must provide additional documentation, if not already on file with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, before their profile is approved.
  • Participating organizations are required to attend one mandatory mechanics webinar offered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Profiles will not be published to GiveNOLA.org until both steps have been completed. 

Private foundations (operating and non-operating), governmental units, foreign organizations, individuals, 509(a)(4), and disqualified supporting organizations are not eligible to participate in GiveNOLA Day.

Funds raised on GiveNOLA Day are to be used for services within our region only. While your organization description can include all of the programs and services you offer, donors cannot designate or restrict their donations to a particular program. Because gifts cannot be restricted, any named fund held at the Greater New Orleans Foundation is not eligible to receive donations on GiveNOLA Day.

Mandatory Mechanics Webinars

A representative from each nonprofit must sign up for and attend one mandatory mechanics webinar in order to complete the registration process. The Greater New Orleans Foundation, in partnership with CiviCore, will host three webinars, you may choose one to attend. Any nonprofits that do not have a representative attend a mandatory mechanics webinar will be deemed ineligible to participate in GiveNOLA Day. The 60-minute webinars were/ will be held:

  • Thursday, February 2nd at 3pm
  • Wednesday, February 15th at 12pm
  • Tuesday, February 21st at 10am

Why should my organization participate? 

GiveNOLA Day can help your nonprofit organization grow your donations, reach new donors, and raise awareness about your work. Additionally, participating organizations are eligible to receive proportional lagniappe funds, prizes, and hourly giveaways. 

Is there a fee to participate? 

No. However, your organization should be prepared to promote your participation in GiveNOLA Day to your donors and broader networks. 

How much of the donations will go to my organization? 

Your organization will receive at least 93% of the donations received on GiveNOLA Day. There is a 2.6% processing fee, plus 30 cents per donation, from our technology partner CiviCore, as well as credit card processing fees that vary depending on the type of card used that amounts to ~2.5%. Your organization will receive 100% of any lagniappe funds, prizes or hourly giveaways earned.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has worked diligently to minimize fees incurred by participating nonprofit organizations, and it does not receive any fees from GiveNOLA Day. 

Can we encourage donations by giving away prizes or free gifts? 

It is an organization's responsibility to ensure that they are compliant with state and IRS regulations for gaming and charitable deduction. The Greater New Orleans Foundation is issuing a gift acknowledgement form saying that the donor's gift is 100% tax-deductible. If this is not the case, the onus is then on the organization to inform their donors of this fact and the Foundation cannot be responsible if a donor is misinformed about the percentage of their deductible gift. Raffle or activity where gaming is involved - Any business interested in hosting a charitable raffle must first complete the Application to Conduct Charitable Gambling, then mail the form to the Louisiana Office of Charitable Gambling. The application can be obtained at ocg.louisiana.gov Read more here

When there is a value associated with a "gift" that the donor receives because they made a donation. If your nonprofit provided any goods or services in exchange for a donation -- for example, a tote bag in return for a donation, a meal at your anniversary gala, or a fruit basket in return for the donor's winning bid at your silent auction -- only a portion of the donor's contribution is tax deductible. The donor should not claim a tax deduction for the portion of the donation that paid for the fair value of the goods and services. The technical way of saying this is, "The tax deduction is limited to the excess of the contribution over the fair market value of any items received in exchange for the donation." To help donors estimate the deductible portion of a donation, you can include one of the following statements in a receipt or thank you letter, depending on the circumstances: No goods or services of any value were provided to you in exchange for your donation. Or: The estimated value of goods or services provided in return for your donation is $_____. Read more here.

When will my organization receive its donations? 

Your organization will receive all donations, prize money and lagniappe fund money in a single disbursement check by June 30, 2017. All disbursements will be made by check from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. 

Although each nonprofit will be able to see its gifts in real time, please be aware that reconciliation must be completed and, even though gifts are considered nonrefundable, a donation can be revoked for a variety of reasons from the time of receipt to the time of disbursement. Adjustments to donations cannot be made after June 20. Therefore, donation "reports" cannot be considered final until the nonprofit receives a disbursement from the Greater New Orleans by June 30, 2017.

Does my organization need to send letters to donors for their tax deduction? 

No. After making a gift online, the donor will immediately receive an email confirming the gift from the Greater New Orleans Foundation during the event. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits). However, this tax deduction form is not a "thank you." We encourage you to acknowledge donations by following up with donors and letting them know what you will do with their donation.

Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgements? 

Yes! You will have access to donor information during the event and after via an Excel spreadsheet available from the nonprofit login portal. We also encourage you to reach out to your donors after the event and thank them for supporting your organization.