Donors showed their support for 40 nonprofits in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes on May 5 during the first GiveNOLA Day for the Bayou Region, making nearly 900 gifts valued at just under $40,000.
Lafourche Parish organizations alone raised $22,313 from 400 gifts and Terrebonne nonprofits raised $17,020 from 459 gifts.
In addition to online donations received, three Bayou Region organizations – Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, Dulac Community Center, and Options for Independence – each won $1,000 prizes from random drawings during the 24-hour giving period.
The 40 local organizations will also share in proceeds from the Al Danos, Jr. Memorial Lagniappe Fund established by the Bayou Community Foundation (BF) to provide the nonprofits with “a little something extra” to support the great work they are doing in our communities.
The TBS Spark Foundation has pledged $10,000 to the Lagniappe Fund, and $1,800 collected from lunch sales at May 5 giving in Houma and Raceland will be contributed to the fund as well. Roly Poly of Houma also pledged to contribute 5 percent of sales on May 5 to the effort.
“If you didn’t have a chance to make an online donation to your favorite Bayou Region organization on GiveNOLA Day, there’s still time to show your support for our local nonprofits with a contribution to the Al Danos, Jr. Memorial Lagniappe Fund,” says BCF coordinator Jennifer Armand. “Mr. Al was a dedicated member of the Bayou Community Foundation Board of Directors and this fund honors his generous spirit and unmatched passion for our Bayou Region.”
Contributions to the Al Danos, Jr. Memorial Fund will be accepted through May 15. More information and the donation form here.
BCF thanks the following partners and sponsors of Give NOLA Day for the Bayou Region who helped to make this event so successful: Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Lafourche Parish Government, Spahr’s Seafood, South Louisiana Bank, Dishman & Bennett Specialty Company, The Courier & Daily Comet, and Roly Poly of Houma.
BCF will be working with local nonprofits in the months ahead to plan efforts for next year’s GiveNOLA Day. The number of participating nonprofits in the Bayou Region is expected to grow in 2016. All nonprofits are asked to monitor www.BayouCf.org and sign up for the mailing list for updates on all BCF meetings, workshops, and events.