People passionate about their causes must sooner or later face the daunting task of fundraising. But what better way to bring some fun to the task then to hold what may be called a festival of nonprofits.
GiveNOLA Day Northshore will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St. in Covington. The event will highlight St. Tammany nonprofits that are registered for the annual 24 hours of giving known as GiveNOLA Day.
There will be live music, food trucks, entertainment, special giveaways and a donation station. It will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the nonprofits and their services, and also about opportunities to volunteer and support them.
Sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is an annual online fundraising event that will be held from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. May 2. More than 50 nonprofits from St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes have registered to be included.
“We’re proud to partner with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to promote GiveNOLA Day Northshore,” said Covington Mayor Mike Cooper.
The goal is to raise more than $100,000 for the north shore nonprofits, he said. “These are organizations that work tirelessly, every day, to make our community stronger.”
More than $2.5 million was raised in 2016, from more than 20,000 donors. This includes more than $300,000 in additional Lagniappe Funds raised from donors and sponsors to be used as prize incentives for the nonprofits throughout the 24-hour period.
Think of it as a friendly competition, where everyone is a winner, including the nonprofits and the people they serve.
Prizes ranging from $500 to $10,000 are given for large and small organizations that raise the most money, and those that attract the most donors. There are Rock Around the Clock Hours, during which any nonprofit that receives a donation of $10 or more is eligible for a $1,000 prize once during the 24-hour event.
Throw Me Something Mister Hours give $3,00 to one small and one large nonprofit that have the most donors in one of the following hours: 6 a.m. to 6:59 a.m.; 2 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 10:59 p.m.
Donors can be individuals, corporations or businesses. Multiple donations from one donor to the same nonprofit will count as only one donor, according to information on the website at www.givenola.org.
New this year is the opportunity to schedule a donation in advance of May 2. As of April 25, donors can create an account, make a donation and receive a confirmation. The payment will process on May 2. However, the scheduled donation will not be eligible for Rock Around the Clock nor Throw Me Something prizes.
They are eligible for the Lagniappe Fund. These are additional dollars raised that are shared among all the nonprofits.
Nonprofits can be located by zip code on the main site. You can click on them and learn more about what they can do with the financial support.
A quick survey found a who's who of local nonprofits are participating, including St. Tammany Humane Society, Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, Community Christian Concern, Northshore Alliance for Mental Illness, Covington Food Bank, Clearwater Sanctuary, Youth Service Bureau, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Junior League of Greater Covington, Hospice Foundation of the South, Miracle League Northshore, Northlake Nature Center, St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide and St. Tammany Art Association.
All funds collected during the 24 hours of giving go directly to the nonprofit. No fees are collected. To participate, register at www.GiveNOLA.org, set your clock, and let the games begin.