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Community raises $1.7 mil for nonprofits in 24 hours

Renesting Project board of directors thanks the community for their donations through Give for Good 2015.

One week after Give for Good the excitement from the 24-hours of giving continues — The Community Foundation of North Louisiana announced the community raised $1.73 million for 156 local nonprofits.

Holy Angels was the top earner in both dollars and donors, with $262,975 and 346 donors. The organizations with the second and third most donors were Robinson Film Center with 269 and Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana with 185, respectively. The organizations with the second and third most dollars raised were Community Renewal International at $112,065 and the Film Prize Foundation at $105,105, respectively.

This online giving day captured the generous spirit of our community. One goal of this event was to demonstrate everyone can be a philanthropist. There were 7,714 gifts received from 4,350 donors. There was a self-reported 2,221 first-time donors.  Other highlights include ranking in the top 10 of participating communities in both dollars given and donors participating. Give for Good ended the event in 10th place for dollars given. Statistics also show donations from 41 states in the United States and an average gift size was $185.55.

The event began on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 12 a.m. and ended at 11:59 p.m.  During these hours, all dollars raised through The Community Foundation’s giving website, were amplified with cash and prizes from a $276,000 Lagniappe Fund. The Community Foundation committed $100,000 to this Fund, with special thanks to the other corporate Lagniappe Fund donors: Grayson Foundation; Powers Foundation; Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation; Independence Bowl Foundation; Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway; Heard, McElroy & Vestal; Chesapeake Energy; and individual donors.

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