The Community Foundation of North Louisiana issued a public challenge this week – to raise $1 million in just 24 hours to raise unrestricted dollars for local nonprofits.
Not only did the community step up and accept the challenge, but donation totals exceeded many expectations. The grand total of ‘Give for Good’ day reached $1,219,602.58.
“We had an incredible day [Tuesday] and are thrilled with the results,” Jennifer Steadman, Director of External Relations for The Community Foundation, said. “We are excited so many dollars were raised to support the nonprofits that do so much in our community.”
Tuesday, May 6, was the national day of giving to celebrate the 100th anniversary of community foundations across the country. The day celebrates and recognizes the impact we can make in our community when we Give for Good.
More than 70 local agencies participated in Tuesday’s event. Topping the leader board was Holy Angels, an independent licensed residential training facility for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with $144,459, followed by Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center with $107, 055.
The Bossier Council on Aging received more than $800 in donations. Executive Director Tamara Crane said she’s very pleased with the outcome of the first time event.
“All of the proceeds that we raise this month (for Older Americans month) will go to support our seniors and the programs we have to support them,” Crane said. “This is a great way for the community to say ‘I support this cause.’”
The goal of Give for Good day is to reach new donors and show them the importance of giving to causes in North Louisiana. Steadman added that it also serves as a time to learn more about the local non-profit organizations.
“We hoped this event raised the level of awareness of the nonprofits in our community. We hope that people took time to learn about new nonprofits and see the services each provide to our community,” she said.
All dollars raised through The Community Foundation’s giving website will be amplified through matching funds from a national pool and the local Lagniappe Fund. To be eligible to benefit from for Give for Good, a nonprofit must be a 501(c)3 organization, have a physical address in Caddo, Bossier or DeSoto parish, and currently provide services in one of these parishes.
The Community Foundation staff will perform due diligence to ensure all organizations are in good standing with the IRS.
Established in 1961, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in northwest Louisiana.
For more information, visit www.nlacf.org.