The Shreveport Times
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Henrietta Wildsmith, Shreveport Times
North Louisiana nonprofits are abuzz with excitement as the interactive, virtual fundraiser Give for Good returns for its eighth year.
Give for Good began as a one-day event but has been extended to two weeks to allow for advanced giving from April 20 to May 3. The additional days allow more opportunities for nonprofits to connect to new and returning donors.
Tuesday, May 4 is the official Day of Giving, during which the online leaderboard will be live on the Give for Good website for the public to see the contributions tallied in real-time.
Also, you can get involved with the participating nonprofits as they host in-person and virtual Day of Giving events, including a food truck block party, drinks and dining social hours, workshops, panel discussions, trivia contests, raffles, and more.
Give for Good is powered by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. The event series aligns with the foundation’s mission to strengthen the community through philanthropy by connecting donors with nonprofits with a goal to create a “more vibrant North Louisiana.”
Give for Good invites individuals to donate to their nonprofit of choice and the campaign produces chances for the organizations to receive bonus cash prizes.
Give for Good has become the “largest day of philanthropic giving” as more than $12 million of unrestricted dollars has been raised since its introduction in 2014.
In 2020, donations for 237 organizations nonprofit organizations in north Louisiana exceeded $1.98 million gifted by 5,599 donors representing 49 states.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on many organizations, which may not have witnessed a decline in regular funding, sponsorships, and donors’ giving throughout the year. Give for Good donors can support by giving as little as $10 with no cap on how much they can contribute.
“During the pandemic, many nonprofits never closed, thus providing uninterrupted service to those in our community most in need,” said CFNLA CEO Kristi Gustavson. “Whether donating $10 or $10,000, Give for Good participants collectively transform our community by supporting our vital nonprofits.”
The Community Foundation makes the connecting and supporting nonprofits process “as easy as online shopping.” Donors can browse and search the online listing of participating nonprofits and read information about their missions and services.
Nonprofit service categories are animal, arts and culture, community improvement, education, environment, health, human services, religion, and youth development with operating budgets ranging from under $100,000 to more than $10 million.
The minimum gift is $10. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible and donations may be gifted to multiple organizations. A contribution receipt will be provided immediately via email.
Participating groups may receive further financial boosts by reaching various milestones and winning prizes during the pre-event, post-event, and on giving day. Prizes total more than $20,000.
Also, the Lagniappe Fund amplifies the contributions raised by distributing bonus funding to participating nonprofits from a pool of more than $200,000 that matched donations on a pro-rata basis.
All donations are processed online. Some organizations will host special in-person events during Give for Good and throughout the year for the public to meet the staff and volunteers and learn more about its services. A list of Give for Good events is at giveforgoodnla.org/events.
For more information about Give for Good and The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, visit cfnla.org, giveforgoodnla.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow the Community Foundation’s Facebook page, the Facebook event page, and Twitter for updates and prize announcements.