Despite initial reports to the contrary, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans made it a three-peat at this year’s Give NOLA Day! Final tallies showed that Federation garnered the top of this year’s list of eligible small non-profit organizations with 156 donors giving $121,626. That means it will receive an additional $10,000 gift that it had also been awarded for its efforts in 2015 and 2016.
The gift giving campaign is run annually by the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) that takes in the monies and sparks competition from among its participating area non-profit organizations, offering incentives for the highest totals reached and the most donors during the course of the 24-hour event of giving. This year donations were accepted by GNOF for several days prior to the May 2 event.
Other Jewish community non-profits who benefited from the campaign were the Jewish Community Day School with 91 donors and $15,736. Tulane Hillel’s 75 donors brought in $11,968. Touro Informary Foundation’s 143 donors raised $10,944. Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans had 55 donations totaling $9,742, while the Jewish Children’s Regional Service had 66 donations for a $4,612 total.
The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana garnered 27 donors for a $4,156 total, while the South Central Region office of the Anti-Defamation League acquired $4,043 from 79 donors.
Other notable Jewish non-profit organizations that picked up sizable donations were Avodah with $2,442 raised from its 39 donors and the National Council of Jewish Women, whose 35 donations totaled $1,529.
The final three Jewish community organizations involved in the campaign – Hadassah, the Northshore Jewish Congregation and Shir Chadash – together raised $1,545, with Hadassah’s 21 donors raking in 46% of that total.
(The CCJN used figures provided by Give NOLA Day to compile its original story that stated Federation had failed to capture the top spot among smaller non-profits. We regret that the information provided to us initially was wrong.)