Your FAQ Guide to GiveNOLA Day 2015

​​Your FAQ Guide to GiveNOLA Day 2015…. 


What is a Giving Day?

GiveNOLA Day is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to ignite the giving community in Southeast Louisiana. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Last year, Give NOLA Day generated $2.2 million city-wide for 326 participating non-profits. This year with 500 organizations taking part, GNOF hopes to raise $3m.​​

When will GiveNOLA Day take place?
It will be from 12:00:01 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m. on May 5, 2015. All event-related donations must be made online during the 24-hour period. ​​

How will PlayBuild use funds received through GiveNOLA Day?
We will use this year’s proceeds for the day-to-day operations of our upgraded playground facility.  As we work towards a larger goal of growing our organization our goal is to attract more talent to support our efforts and expand our reach to more schools and community partners.​​

What is the GiveNOLA  ”lagniappe” fund?
In New Orleans “lagniappe” means “a little something extra”. GNOF and the GiveNOLA sponsors are incentivizing donations by “topping up” all contributions made over the course of the day.
At the end of the event, every agency will receive a portion of this fund based upon the total dollars raised. The equation to calculate lagniappe dollars is:
Amount you raise ÷ Amount raised by ALL on May 5 =Your lagniappe fund percentage ​​

How can I make a donation to PlayBuild?
On May 5, starting at 12:00 a.m.and for the next 24 hours, go to our donation page and use your credit or debit card to donate to PlayBuild.   You can follow our progress on the Leaderboard page  in real-time throughout the day.   Share the link with your friends via social media and help spread the word.

What will the charge look like on my credit card statement?
Since all transactions are processed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, your credit card statement will reflect this. Depending on your bank, this charge may appear as “Greater New Orleans Foundation,” “GNOF,” or a similar abbreviation. The charge will not be posted as PlayBuild, or as GiveNOLA.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Donations are 100% tax deductible. You will immediately receive an email from the Greater New Orleans Foundation confirming your donation. Please save this email for your records. By selecting PlayBuild to receive your donation, your gift is restricted to our organization. All gifts made through GiveNOLA.org are nonrefundable. Any adjustments made to a donation must be done by June 20.

Events 2015

JANUARY EVENTS

January 19
Event: Tulane MLK Day Community Opportunities Fair
Location: Tulane University
Volunteers needed: 1

January 21
Build-a-Ban Workshop (Private)
Event: P.3 Shigeru Ban Exhibition
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens
Chaperones needed: 4

January 23
Build-a-Ban Workshop (Private)
Event: P.3 Shigeru Ban Exhibition
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens
Chaperones needed: 4

FEBRUARY EVENTS

February 3
Talk: “How Design Thinking Prepares Students for Life”
Event: PechaKucha New Orleans
6-8 pm
Location: St. Martin’s Episcopal School

February 28
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding
Event: Arts Market of New Orleans
10 am-4 pm
Location: Palmer Park
Volunteers needed: 2

MARCH EVENTS

March 14
Free class: “Build by Ear”
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Location: French Market
Volunteers needed: 1

March 14
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding
Event: French Market Farmers Market
Noon-2 pm
Volunteers needed: 2

March 21-22
Event: Congo Square Festival
11 am-7:30 pm
Location: Armstrong Park
Volunteers needed: 10 per day

APRIL EVENTS

April 4
Free class: “Build by Ear”
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Location: French Market
Volunteers needed: 1

April 4
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding
Event: French Market Farmers Market
Noon-2 pm
Volunteers needed: 2

April 17
Activity: Screening of “The Lego Movie”
Fit NOLA class at 6 pm
Movie begins at 7:30 pm
Location: A.L. Davis Park, Fourth Street at Washington Avenue 70113
Volunteers needed: 10

April 30-May 3
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding & the Imagination Playground
Event: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Hours: TBD
Location: The Fair Grounds, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Volunteers needed: 8 per day

 

MAY EVENTS

April 30-May 3
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding & the Imagination Playground
Event: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Hours: TBD
Location: The Fair Grounds, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
Volunteers needed: 8 per day

May 5
GiveNOLA – an annual, citywide, one-day fundraising drive
Midnight to 11:59 pm

May 9
Free class: “Build by Ear”
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Location: French Market
Volunteers needed: 1

May 9
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding
Event: French Market Farmers Market
Noon-2 pm
Volunteers needed: 2

JUNE EVENTS

Camp PlayBuild – our first ever, 2-week summer camp!
Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD
M-F, 9 am-3 pm
Location: Our brand new playground at 2828 Thalia Street!
Volunteers needed: 2

June 13-14
Activity: Tabletop PlayBuilding & the Imagination Playground
Event: Tomato Creole Festival
10 am-7 pm
Location: French Market
Volunteers needed: 12 per day

 

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Please sign up here. You may receive an occasional volunteering alert. We also work with professors and college students who need service learning opportunities.

Celebrating P.3 + the Paper Architecture of Shigeru Ban

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Since October we’ve been inspired by all the amazing work on display at museums, galleries and public spaces across the city for the P.3 international art biennial. As P.3 comes to a close next Sunday we are excited to celebrated P.3 with a kids’ design workshop inspired by one of our favorite architects, Shigeru Ban.

Born in Japan, Ban is one of the world’s greatest living architects. He is famous for his use of unorthodox and unconventional building materials like paper and cardboard and buildaban1his humanitarian efforts creating temporary shelters in disaster zones around the world. His buildings can be seen worlwide across Europe, Japan, and the US including in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.

An exhibtion of Ban’s drawings and models has been on display at Longue Vue House throughout P.3 and we are excited to host two field trips to the exhibition during its final run.

buildaban3Elementary students from two of our partner schools – Bricolage Academy and Sylvanie Williams College Prep will visit Longue Vue to view the Ban exhibit and participate in our Build-A-Ban workshop creating replicas of Ban’s models using the same basic materials employed by the world-famous designer.

We are thrilled to take advantage of this unique opportunity to inspire our young PlayBuilders to learn about Ban and his work through hands-on learning and play.

PitchNOLA: Lots of Progress 2014

Nearly two years ago – on November 15, 2012 – we had the opportunity to present PlayBuild as one of the ten semi-finalists in the first PitchNOLA Lots of Progress competition – a joint initiative of New Orleans Re-development Authority (NORA), Tulane City Center, and social innovation incubator, Propeller to catalyze social innovation to tackle New Orleans’ blight problem.
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Last night we were fortunate to take the stage again – this time to share the story of PlayBuild’s launch and evolution with an audience of nearly 150 community members, and the 4 semi-finalists from this year’s Lots of Progress competition.

PitchNOLA was a tremendous catalyst for PlayBuild’s launch. The contest gave us the momentum we needed to turn our three power-point slides into a start-up venture that has served nearly 800 kids in just under two years through school and outreach programs.

Last night, a standing-room-only crowd filled the seats and the stairways of the Propeller space to watch the four semi-finalists vie for $7,500 of prize money to implement their blight-busting ideas.

This year’s crop of social innovators were challenged to present commercially viable ventures that could be implemented on lots specifically zoned for business.

Of the four semi-finalists:

A sno-ball and snack stand in Old Algiers – NannyBoo’s Sno Balls,
A maker-faire inspired mini-golf experience – Putt Parade,
A dog run and rescue, Lil Dawgz in the Hood and
A fresh vegetable stand – Sankofa Pop-Up Produce Stand

Sankofa Community Development Corporation took the top prize and the audience favorite award (tallied by text vote American Idol style) with Lil Dawgz nipping at Sankofa’s heels for second place.

Congratulations to this year’s contestants, and a huge shout out to the teams at Propeller and NORA for providing an ongoing opportunity for place-based innovation ideas to spark and catch fire.

We hope to see all four of the teams from last night take their projects forward and implement them for the ongoing improvement of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.