St. Tammany Parish is about to proclaim a charitable holiday.

For a 24-hour period, from 12:00:01 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. May 6, seven local nonprofit organizations are registered to receive donations as part of the inaugural GiveNOLA Day, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Milne Developmental Services, NAMI St. Tammany, Northshore Families Helping Families, Slidell Little Theatre, St. Tammany Children’s Advocacy Center and the St. Tammany SALT Council will join Parish President Pat Brister for a special proclamation of GiveNOLA Day at 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, 610 Hollycrest Blvd., Covington.

And while every day should be a day to help those who help others in our name — this day is special.

Every donation made over $10 is eligible for an additional contribution from the Lagniappe Fund. The foundation raised the money for the fund from area businesses and donors.

At the end of the event, each participating nonprofit will receive a proportional share of this fund, based on its percentage of the total dollars raised.

There will be addition cash donations for the three nonprofits that raise the most money and the three nonprofits that attracts the most unique donors.

More than 300 nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s 13-parish region of Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington parishes will participate in GiveNOLA Day.

Greater New Orleans Foundation is one of the oldest and largest philanthropic organizations in the region and over the past 30 years has invested more than $100 million back into these communities. It is hosting GiveNOLA to join in the national event, Give Local America, which is sponsored by the Council on Foundations.

There are profiles on each of the seven St. Tammany nonprofits on the website at

There is no fee to the donor, and everyone who gives will receive a thank-you and a tax receipt for 100 percent of their donation.

Donations can be made online at the secure site, or by calling a team member at the Foundation during the 24-hour period at (504) 598-4663.

Sharon Edwards is community news editor for The New Orleans Advocate. To reach her, call (985) 640-1251.