Catholic Charities Boosted by Give for Good

Sometimes a good idea becomes a great idea and one that has a lasting impact for good. That’s exactly what happened when the Community Foundation of North Louisiana began planning for one big day of philanthropy for north Louisiana non-profit organizations.

This trend has taken hold around the country. Widely known as Giving Tuesday, results have been amazing. So the Community Foundation launched “Give for Good,” a 24-hour online giving event. Catholic Charities of Shreveport was happy to be among the 77 non-profit organizations who participated.

It’s easy to understand the choice for online giving when you consider the statistics. From the Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report:  Overall charitable giving grew 4.9% in 2013, while online giving grew 13.5%. Online giving accounted for 6.4% of all charitable giving in 2013. Large organizations had the greatest increase in overall charitable giving, while small nonprofits grew their online giving the most.

As we watched the leaderboard throughout the day on May 6, the excitement grew along with our total donations. The Community Foundation made it even more fun with their lagniappe fund that awarded special prizes throughout the giving period. We were awarded a $500 prize in addition to our total in donations.  We are proud to report that we ended with over $15,000 in donations from 102 generous givers. With so many worthy organizations to choose from, it’s even more meaningful that so many selected Catholic Charities.

We’ve known for a long time that the people of this community are concerned for others, want to support programs that lift people up and help them become whole and they believe in the work we are doing at Catholic Charities. Having just added our newest program, “Healthy Eating on a Budget,” we now have six programs available to help the poorest and most vulnerable in our area with immediate needs and, more importantly, with life skills that are taught in classes designed to complement each program.

Our holistic approach as we work with those in need combines specific programs that will best relieve and restore daily life for a more manageable and hopeful situation for our clients. Funding for them is critical, and because of that we are always looking for new ideas. Give for Good was the perfect idea at the perfect time with great results!  We are grateful to our community and to those at a distance who made Give for Good such a great success for Catholic Charities.

by Theresa Mormino, Catholic Charities of Shreveport

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