Give for Good already under way due to pandemic

By Stacey Tinsley | BIZ. Magazine

Nonprofits need help now more than ever. During this time of stay at home and social distancing, one of north Louisiana’s largest fundraising events is currently taking place online.

Traditionally, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana hosts Give For Good as a 24-hour day of giving. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana has changed this year’s campaign in a unique way.

“COVID-19 has multiplied the needs in our community overnight such that nonprofits are being called upon like never before.  As those needs continue to grow and change, charitable giving is more important than ever. By donating online during Give For Good, you can do your part by staying home while raising crucial dollars for nonprofit businesses of your choosing. This year, giving is open April 21 – May 5 to give donors more opportunities for social-distanced philanthropy,” said Emily Smith, Director of Marketing and Communication for the Community Foundation. 

“No matter the dollar value, all gifts are indispensable to the nonprofits and community members they support. Nonprofit organizations provide vital support and resources to our community. Many of them have seen an increase in the number of people they are serving due to the virus and most have lost revenue or had to cancel critical fundraising events. The Community Foundation hopes Give For Good provides a vehicle not only for immediate needs, but helps organizations build their long-term sustainability so they can continue to be here and serve our community,” she added.

In 2019, Give For Good raised more than $1.8 million from 4,251 donors for 222 North Louisiana nonprofits. Since it began in 2014, Give For Good has raised more than $10 million for our community.

The Community Foundation started Give For Good as a way to help north Louisiana nonprofits raise crucial unrestricted dollars. It also brings donors together to strengthen our community through collective philanthropy. A community giving collectively is much more powerful than any one donor alone.

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana understands that donating during this time might be difficult for some. But Smith says now is the time nonprofits need us, as a community, the most.

“We are grateful to live in a generous community that comes together to help each other in times of need. While many people are experiencing job loss or uncertainty, we are calling on those who are able to give. Our community needs you now more than ever as we work to create a stronger, more vibrant North Louisiana,” said Smith.

This year, 249 nonprofits are participating.

Categories of nonprofits include animal, education, arts and culture, religious, community improvement, health, environment, human services and youth development.

“No gift is too small,” said Smith.

How to Give

Visit giveforgoodnla.org from April 21-May 5.

Choose your favorite causes and add as many organizations to your cart as you like.

Give your best and check out in one easy step. You’ll receive a tax receipt immediately.

All gifts are amplified by the Lagniappe Fund, a bonus pool of $200,000 that is awarded through pro-rata matching and prizes.