Big Day of Giving

The Sacramento region's annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program


Aprogram of our initiative to grow local philanthropy, Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour giving challenge that brings together the region's nonprofit community to help raise much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home.


Next year's Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 2, 2019! Our team is already planning for another year of nonprofit capacity-building and community engagement! If you know a nonprofit in the Sacramento region that is interested in participating, please encourage their leadership to register.

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We believe that a strong nonprofit sector benefits everyone in the capital area. In a political and economic landscape that can feel uncertain, ensuring the region’s organizations have the tools to sustain their missions is among our greatest responsibilities. Together, Big Day of Giving and GivingEdge, the online nonprofit knowledgebase that powers it, continue to redefine philanthropy in the capital
area: In 2018, with the support of our capacity-building programming, nearly 600
organizations generated $7.4 million in a single day. This community-wide effort fortified their collaborations with nonprofit colleagues, deepened their engagements with donors, and strengthened their impact in our community.

For the past few years, the giving day has united our community, raising more than $30 million for local nonprofits from over 36,000 donors from all over the region, the state, the country, and the world.

Dive into data from past BIG DAYS OF GIVING

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Big Day of Giving is an opportunity for donors to show their community pride and support the nonprofits that make our region great, and it is also a year-long capacity building program that helps local nonprofits hone their skills in marketing, social media, and board and donor engagement. The effort makes an impact year-round:

  • Big Day of Giving introduces donors to new causes worth supporting: 30% of donors gave to organizations for the first time during Big Day of Giving 2018, helping nonprofits reach new audiences.
  • Organizations that attended our Big Day of Giving capacity-building bootcamps enjoyed an astounding return on investment in 2018: On average, they raised more than organizations that did not attend a training, helping to grow the $30 million total raised by nonprofits during Big Day of Giving since its inception.
  • Big Day of Giving connects nonprofits to the community at-large and to each other: 74% of organizations report their visibility in the community increased since first participating, and 76% feel a stronger sense of connection to the local nonprofit sector.

Each time a participating nonprofit puts their increased skills to work throughout the year, we consider the effort a success.

Representatives from the Food Literacy Center at the Big Day of Giving 2016 Halftime Celebration

Want to learn more about Big Day of Giving? Peek through our post-Big Day of Giving event reports!

Find them in our Publications


Big Day of Giving
Participate in Big Day of Giving

Nonprofits interested in learning more about Big Day of Giving, and how to register for future giving days, should browse these pages for sign-up information, frequently asked questions, and more.

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Big Day of Giving 2018 Report to the Community
August 20, 2018
Big Day of Giving 2018 Report to the Community

During Big Day of Giving 2018, nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $7.4 million from tens of thousands of donors, whose giving we analyze in this year's Report to the Community.

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July 9, 2018
The Community's Big Day

The Sacramento region united during another record-breaking Big Day of Giving

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May 4, 2018
$7.4 million raised for local nonprofits during Big Day of Giving 2018

$7.4 million raised for local nonprofits tops last year’s total

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