GiveNOLA Day 2019: $5.9M raised for New Orleans nonprofits

750 local nonprofits received more than 50,000 donations and over $5.9 Million during the 2019 GiveNOLA Day. The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy presented their annual giving event on May 7. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Uptown’s Louise S. McGehee School, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum received the highest dollar amounts, while GiveNOLA’s Lagniappe Fund, Team Gleason, and McGehee School had the most donors. Here is a preliminary breakdown of GiveNOLA Day’s leaderboard. Most Funds Raised

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art raised the most money with $364,009–$130,000 more than second place.

GiveNOLA Day off to a strong start with 12 more hours to give

By 11:57 a.m. on Tuesday, nearly  halfway through GiveNOLA Day, philanthropists had made 19,902 donations to 723 local nonprofit organizations, totaling $2,688,759, and counting. GiveNOLA Day, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one-day online giving event. For 24 hours, residents and anyone else who loves the New Orleans region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700-plus participating nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised nearly $5.6 million from nearly 49,000 donations across the nation and around the world. GiveNOLA Day 2019 takes place from 12:00:01 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. on May 7.

Sponsored: Dine and Dance under the Stars at the Grow Dat Hootenanny

Grow Dat’s Annual Hootenanny is here this Friday! The annual fundraising event will take place on the seven-acre farm for an evening in celebration of local food, music, and youth leadership. More than 500 guests enjoy small plates from 25 local restaurants and dance to live zydeco and brass bands. Join the fun on Friday, April 19 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at Grow Dat Youth Farm in City Park. This year’s performances include Louisiana’s own Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys and Grammy award-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band. Scroll down for participating restaurants!

Musicians and boil masters team up for a cause in Crawfish Boil and Block Party on Oak Street

The Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party, known as the “most anticipated event before festival season,”  takes place Sunday, March 31, in the 8300 block of Oak Street. The seventh annual boil and block party, a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation, features live music on two stages . The world’s largest crawfish table contains a feast from master crawfish boilers Jason Seither (voted best boiled seafood, Louisiana Magazine) and James Clesi (voted best catfish in New Orleans). This community-driven event also showcases more than 50 New Orleans musicians in one big afternoon. Featured musicians on the outside stage include George Porter Jr. & Runnin Pardners, Papa Mali, 101 Runners and SOUL Brass Band.

Shotgun House Tour explores innovative renovations of Uptown homes

Shotgun houses are a beloved part of New Orleans’ historic architecture, but can they accommodate the needs of a modern family? This weekend, March 23-24, the Preservation Resource Center’s annual Shotgun House Tour will show off seven Uptown shotgun homes chosen for their smart, innovative renovations. The tour highlights the livability and versatility of these shotgun houses: Daneel & Jim Watson, 925 Dufossat St.; Margaret & Walker Saik, 5202 Chestnut St.; Carter & Claiborne Perrilliat, 5242 Coliseum St.; Mr. & Mrs. Charles Marshall Jr., 1126 Valmont St.; Celeste Marshall, 547 Octavia St.; Dr. & Mrs. Michael Graham II, 5409 Laurel St.; Tanga Winstead, 4882 Annunciation St. The self-guided tour takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Start at the tour headquarters: St.

Paw-lates with a purpose: Fitness and charity combine for Pups & Poses

Zeus’ Rescues is partnering with Footprints to Fitness and the Renaissance Art Hotel to offer an evening of poses and puppies — with a purpose. Participants have a chance to relax, tone their muscles and help stray dogs find a home, all at the same time. “Pups & Poses: Yoga & Pilates & Puppies” benefits Zeus’ Rescues, a privately funded pet-rescue shelter on Napoleon Avenue that finds homes for animals that end up in local high-kill shelters. Its goal, according to its website, is to “eradicate pet homelessness and euthanasia within the New Orleans metro area.” The workout is described as a high-energy flowing mixture of yoga and pilates, while surrounded by puppies and art inside the Renaissance Art Hotel gallery in the Warehouse District.

Nicholas Payton to perform at the 15th annual Starry Night fundraiser for Waldorf School

Trumpeter, composer and Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton, a New Orleans native, is headlining Starry Night Gala, a fundraiser for the Waldorf School. The 15th annual Starry Night will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on Feb. 1. The gala will also feature silent and live auctions, raffles, live music, dancing, drinks and food. Tickets are available at different levels, from music-only to patron.

Sponsored: Local ‘Stars’ Dance for the Arts

New Orleans luminaries dance-off to benefit arts education
Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the 9th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers for the coveted People’s Choice Award. The gala will be held at Harrah’s Casino Theatre this Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., starting with a red carpet reception and cocktail hour. Festivities will also include a silent auction, open bar, fine fare, and entertainment. All proceeds from the gala will support Young Audiences’ after school, summer, and early learning arts education programs. All ticket levels include food, drinks, and live entertainment. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to vote for their favorite dancers online.

Pay It Forward Happy Hour to benefit Broadmoor Improvement Association, Love in Action Outreach

Trepwise and the Eiffel Society are hosting a Pay It Forward Happy Hour this Wednesday to highlight two local nonprofits. November’s “trepwork for good” event will have a “Feed It Forward” theme and will showcase two nonprofits with food pantries: Broadmoor Improvement Association and Love in Action Outreach. Food donations will also be accepted at this event, and the heaviest non-perishable food donation will receive a prize. Happy hour prices will be available all night long with $3 beers, $5 house wine, $6 well drinks and signature cocktails. Guests can enjoy curated cocktails such as the “NourishMint Julep,” as well as a rum punch—both $5.

Sponsored: Fall Harvest Dinner & Farm Share memberships at Grow Dat Youth Farm

On November 4th, Grow Dat Youth Farm will host their final event of the season on their farm in City Park. The Fall Harvest Dinner on the Farm will showcase autumn vegetables and feature fresh produce grown on their farm. The evening will feature beloved local restaurants Pagoda Cafe, Coco Hut, Carmo and Windowsill Pies. During the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails, and live music in the eco-campus, Grow Dat’s outdoor classroom constructed of converted shipping containers. Guests will have the choice of participating in one of 3 educational tours: Sustainable Agriculture, Grow Dat’s Youth Leadership Program, or a tour on ​Herbal and Plant Medicinal Practices hosted by former Grow Dat Fellow Ellenie Cruz.