GiveNOLA Day Raises Record $8.1 Million in Eighth Year

May 5, 2021

GiveNOLA Day Raises Record $8.1 Million in Eighth Year. More than 67,000 Gifts Made on GiveNOLA Day to 910 Nonprofits.

NEW ORLEANS – (May 5, 2021) Today, the Greater New Orleans Foundation announced that while the final numbers won’t be confirmed for several weeks, initial returns indicate that the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day, presented by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy, generated an astounding $8.1 million in donations for 910 nonprofits, exceeding its 2020 total of $7.1 million. The total number of online contributions exceeded 67,000 at the close of the 24-hour period.

“At a time when there is so much need, the residents of Greater New Orleans have once again risen to the occasion and shown their extraordinary generosity,” said Andy Kopplin, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Our community demonstrated the power of collective giving by supporting our nonprofits so that they can continue to thrive and serve our region.”

During the 24-hour campaign on Tuesday, May 4, online donations were made to 910 registered nonprofit organizations. The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed at

“This year is a special year as BCM is not only celebrating our 25th Anniversary of serving the community, but also serving as presenting sponsor for GiveNOLA Day. GiveNOLA Day is a day where everyone can be a philanthropist and give back to our community. If you are able to give, please find a nonprofit that is close to your heart and support their incredible work that helps make our city stronger.” said Slade Simons, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), Board Chair.

“BCM is honored to be this year’s presenting sponsor of GiveNOLA Day. Over 900 nonprofits participated this year, all of which provide vital services to our community. Giving is important not only on GiveNOLA Day, but every day.” said Christy Ross, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), Senior Vice President, Grants.

Every dollar donated on GiveNOLA Day was stretched with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Additionally, awards and prizes totaling $135,000 were awarded.

“Each year on GiveNOLA Day I am humbled by the incredible displays of generosity throughout the 13-parish region that the Greater New Orleans Foundation represents. The shared generous spirit of the residents of Southeast Louisiana continues to provide nonprofits with the resources they need to better serve our community.” said Leann Moses, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Board Chair.

GiveNOLA Day 2021 saw increases across the board – surpassing total fundraising by nearly $1 million and in the number of participating nonprofits, from 853 to 914.

“Thanks to all of the nonprofit partners and most of all the donors who make GiveNOLA Day possible. Everyone can make a difference, and everyone can be a philanthropist.” said Patty Riddlebarger, Vice President – Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation.

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: VR Preservation, Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, Turning Tables, Saul’s Light Foundation, Glassroots
  • The “medium” nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: SpayMart, Friends of City Park, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Inc., Zeus’ Rescues, Be Loud Studios
  • The “large” nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Team Gleason Foundation, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Louise S. McGehee School, Second Harvest Food Bank, Innocence Project New Orleans
  • The five “small” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, Jefferson Community Foundation, Mid-City Ministries, Turning Tables, Saul’s Light Foundation
  • The five “medium” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: SpayMart, First Tee – Greater New Orleans, Friends of City Park, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Inc., unCommon Construction
  • The five “large” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Louise S. McGehee School, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Team Gleason Foundation, Children’s Hospital New Orleans

*Note: Based on the operational budget entered when creating a profile, all nonprofits are divided into “small” (<$100,000), “medium” ($100,001 to $750,000), and “large”(>$750,001) categories. Results will not be finalized until reconciliation is complete.

Each hour, one “large” nonprofit, one “medium”, and one “small” nonprofit won a $500 Rock Around the Clock Random drawing. The 72 winning nonprofits can be identified at

GiveNOLA Day’s Lagniappe Fund was presented by Baptist Community Ministries and powered by Entergy. Additional sponsors of GiveNOLA Day were:

  • Ochsner Health System
  • The Lemle Learning Fund
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Lynne Burkart
  • Boh Bros. Construction Co., LLC.
  • Gustaf W. McIlhenny and the McIlhenny Company
  • Lamar Advertising
  • IBERIABANK | First Horizon
  • Laitram
  • Kathy & Ken Gootee
  • Bellwether Technology
  • Louellen & Darryl Berger and the Berger/Tiller Families
  • Jones Walker
  • Elizabeth Boh
  • The Palit Family
  • The Boettcher Fund
  • Cathy & Walter Isaacson
  • Grayson Data Services
  • Richard CPA’s
  • Crystal Hot Sauce/Baumer Foods, Inc.
  • Catherine & David Edwards
  • Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver, LLC.
  • Beth & Eric Seling
  • Lauren & Bryan Fitzpatrick Family Foundation
  • Katie & Jimmy Gibert
  • Trepwise
  • Marguerite L. Adams & Thomas K. Foutz Fund
  • Bridget & Bobby Bories
  • Moses Engineers
  • LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors
  • Allison Bach
  • Patty & John Elstrott
  • Anonymous Donors


About the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF): 
With roots extending over 90 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has been connecting generous 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 through philanthropy, leadership and action 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 a vibrant, sustainable, and just region for all. Learn more at

About Baptist Community Ministries (BCM):
Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) is a 25-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 $200 million in grants since 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

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. Learn more at