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YMCA of Northwest Louisiana receives massive donation from energy giant

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media

The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana has received a massive donation from BHP Billiton. The international energy giant donated $10.7 million to the organization, enough to cover about half the cost of a new facility planned for construction next to BHP headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. An article by Adam Duvernay for the Monroe News Star reports:

“Corporations have been very good to local nonprofits, but I don’t think there’s ever been a gift this large,” said YMCA executive director Gary Lash. “It gives us a great amount of credibility and confidence this facility will get built.”

For the nonprofit organization, $10,000-20,000 is typically considered a hefty donation, and Lash has seen donations of $100,000 and $250,000 during his time with the organization, but never anything nearly as large as $10.7 million. The immense donation to the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is among one of the largest donations in the state.

For all the details about the donation, check out Duvernay’s full article: BHP Billiton donates $10.7M to YMCA of Northwest Louisiana

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