Give for Good raises nearly $2M online, Bossier nonprofits benefit

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Robin Jones, executive director of the Bossier Arts Council, said donated funds from Give for Good are vital for programs at the BAC. (Stacey Tinsley/Press-Tribune)

By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

Northwest Louisiana’s largest day of giving had a huge impact on the community and its nonprofit sector.

Give for Good was held May 7 and generated more than $1.8 million from online donations alone, which doesn’t include money raised at in-person events held throughout Bossier and Shreveport.

Give For Good allows community members to discover and engage with nonprofit organizations, donating funds over a 24-hour period.

One local nonprofit that benefitted from the day was the Bossier Arts Council (BAC). 

Robin Jones, executive director of the Bossier Arts Council, said donated funds that are acquired from Give for Good are vital for programs at the BAC.

With the money raised, Jones plans to purchase art supplies for local teachers or organize an event that will bring exposure to Bossier City’s East Bank District.

“Watching the Give For Good ticker on the computer is my favorite part of the day. It is inspiring to see the community come forward to support nonprofits across northwest Louisiana,” said Jones. “These non-restricted dollars are vital for programs and operations. We are grateful to the Community Foundation for organizing and hosting such an impactful program.”

In 2018, Give For Good garnered over $1.8 million for area nonprofits. Those funds came from 4,454 donors representing 41 different states, meaning people from across the country are coming together to fund initiatives in north Louisiana.

The event was established in 2014 by the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, and, before yesterday, had raised over $8.1 million for the local community.