Greater New Orleans Foundation

Giving Back Nonprofit

GiveNOLA Day, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one-day online giving event.


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The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) has spent the past nine decades as a trusted philanthropic leader for the thirteen-parish region. Their work runs the gamut from grant-making to strategy planning, helping to connect people, resources and ideas that result in solutions that address the region’s greatest challenges. GNOF made major donations after natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; created the Community Revitalization Fund, which has helped develop nearly 9,500 housing units; and created additional funds, such as the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund in 2010, which helped those affected by the worst oil spill in history get back on their feet. Their work helps to improve individual lives, communities and the entire region every day.

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The Greater New Orleans Foundation has created GiveNOLA Day, a one-day online giving event meant to inspire people to give to nonprofit organizations focused on improving their region and communities. Last year’s event raised $5.6 million from nearly 49,000 donations. Those who wish to participate in this year’s GiveNOLA Day can take part on May 7—more information can be found at Another of the myriad ways GNOF gives back is through Impact 100, a women’s giving circle of 100 local women committed to awarding a $100,000 transformative grant per year that can be groundbreaking for a local nonprofit.


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The foundation’s roots lie in the Community Chest of New Orleans, a 1923 organization founded to address and solve the needs and problems of a growing city. GNOF carries on that mission today for the entire region, and every donation makes their work further-reaching. The organization has embraced donors of all shapes and sizes, from more outward-facing events like GiveNOLA to quieter actions like estate planning. Fundholders can use the organization to set up funds that connect donors to their passions. The New Orleans Town Gardeners Legacy has funded projects through GNOF for many projects that range from rebuilding gardens to the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans to founding conservation scholarships. GNOF also connects advisors to clients, helping craft giving strategies that meet the truest needs of the communities they seek to serve.



For over 90 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has been connecting generous people to the causes that spark their passion.  As one of the most trusted philanthropic organizations in the region, they work every day to drive positive impact through philanthropy, leadership and action in their thirteen parish region.


Anne Milling, Betsy Nalty, Caroline Reily, and Sybil Favrot. An anonymous donor offered them a $500,000 match for every dollar raised. They accepted the challenge and went after it.


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