Thank You!GiveNOLA Day

Thank You for your Support on GiveNOLA Day!

Thank You! Friends of City Park raised $71,471 because of YOU!

Friends of City Park successfully surpassed our goals and raised a record of $71,471 by 526 donors.

Our Board of Directors and Staff acknowledge and appreciate all who supported Friends of City Park on GiveNOLA Day. In addition to a matching sponsor gift provided by Meyer Engineer, Ltd., gifts made by the community, and prizes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, we surpassed our goals.

This community support is an absolute testament to the power of City Park. The Park has been there for us during these uncertain times and yesterday you said thank you with your contribution. We are so grateful and cannot wait to see what we achieve next for the Park!

Take a look at Greater New Orleans Foundation’s press release below to read about Friends of City Park and our community’s accomplishments.

GiveNOLA Day Raised Record $7.1 Million in Seventh Year.

Press Release by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Media Contact Tyronne Walker | (504) 450-6140

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the Greater New Orleans Foundation announced that while the final numbers won’t be confirmed for several weeks, initial returns indicate that the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day, powered by Entergy, generated an astounding $7,189,354 in donations for 835 nonprofits, exceeding its 2019 total of $5.9 million. The total number of online contributions exceeded 68,000 at the close of the 24-hour period.

“The people of the Greater New Orleans region know what it is like to face tough times and how to step up in a crisis,” said Andy Kopplin, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “Our people are unmatched in their generosity and caring for one another, and we could not be more proud to provide the inspiration and platform to help them do great things for our community.”
During the 24-hour campaign on Tuesday, June 2, online donations were made to 835 nonprofit organizations registered on The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed at
Every dollar donated on GiveNOLA Day was stretched with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors. Additionally, awards and prizes totaling $135,000 were awarded.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation and University of New Orleans will soon release a new study that highlights the incredible hardship faced by the nonprofits of our region due to COVID-19. Despite many economic and social challenges, the people of Southeast Louisiana rallied together to provide needed support to nonprofits serving our most vulnerable communities and causes.
GiveNOLA Day 2020 saw increases across the board. In addition to shattering the 2019 total fundraising haul by over $1,280,628, the number of nonprofits participating in the initiative increased by 95; and the number of donations increased by over 18,000.

Part of the excitement of GiveNOLA Day was the opportunity for nonprofits to compete for cash awards. This year, GNOF added additional nonprofit categories to capture smaller nonprofits and improve equity. While the results are not yet final and rankings may change as reconciliation is completed, preliminary results indicate this year’s winners will be:

  • The “small” nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Project Butterfly New Orleans, Citizen SHE, Sketch Basin, Ubuntu Village NOLA, Friends of Rivertown Theaters
  • The “medium” nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Friends of City Park, Animal Rescue New Orleans, Dancing Grounds, ACLU of Louisiana, Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition
  • The “large” nonprofits that had the largest number of unique donors, in first through fifth order: Team Gleason, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Second Harvest Food Bank, Innocence Project New Orleans, SON OF A SAINT
  • The five “small” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, Mid-City Ministries, Jefferson Community Foundation, Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary, New Orleans Photo Alliance  
  • The five “medium” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: First Tee Greater New Orleans, Friends of City Park, New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Inc., Zeus’ Rescues, Trinity Community Center
  • The five “large” nonprofits raising the largest amount of money, in first through fifth order: Ogden Museum, Louise S. McGehee School, Second Harvest Food Bank, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Children’s Hospital New Orleans  

* Note: Based on the operational budget entered when creating a profile, all nonprofits are divided into “small” (<$100,000), “medium” ($100,001 to $750,000), and “large”(>$750,001) categories. Results will not be finalized until reconciliation is complete.

Each hour, one “large” nonprofit, one “medium”, and one “small” nonprofit won a $500 Rock Around the Clock Random drawing. The 72 winning nonprofits can be identified at

GiveNOLA Day’s Lagniappe Fund was powered by presenting sponsor Entergy. Additional sponsors of GiveNOLA Day were:

  • Baptist Community Ministries
  • Ochsner
  • Lemle Learning Fund
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Laitram
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Lynn and Mike Coatney Family Foundation Fund
  • Shell Beach Fund
  • Boh Bros. Construction Co.
  • New Orleans & Company
  • Capital One Bank
  • Gustaf E. McIlhenny Foundation
  • Jones Walker
  • Louellen & Darryl Berger and the Berger-Tiller Families
  • Bellwether
  • Elizabeth Boh
  • The Boettcher Fund
  • Cathy and Walter Isaacson
  • Catherine & David Edwards
  • Jeanette Davis Loeb
  • Emily and Tapash Palit
  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman and Sarver, L.L.C.
  • Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick
  • Moses Engineering
  • Scott and Lorraine Chotin
  • Trepwise
  • Patty and John Elstrott
  • LaPorte  CPA’s & Business Advisors
  • Marguerite L. Adams & Thomas K. Foutz Fund
  • Allison Bach
  • Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P.
  • Landscape Images, LTD.
  • Bridget and Bobby Bories
  • Katie and Jimmy Gibert
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Anonymous Donors
  • Lamar Advertising of New Orleans
  • The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate
  • Biz New Orleans
  • Gambel Communications

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