This initiative is at the heart of our mission. The pace of change in philanthropy is both rapid and profound – from our region's dynamic demographics and the rise of the next generation of philanthropists, to the continuing transfer of enormous wealth to heirs and the advent of new technologies for giving. The Foundation is responding to these trends while working in partnership with our fundholders and community partners to create a better future for all. We nimbly stay abreast of new ways of giving, as demonstrated on Big Day of Giving, which is transformational for our region. New innovations like GivingEdge—our nonprofit database which makes Big Day of Giving possible—and other programs like our Grants Advisory Board for Youth are making philanthropy more accessible by attracting new people to charitable giving and offering the opportunity to have greater impact by giving together.
Part of our philanthropy initiative, our Big Days of Giving have raised more than $16 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento region.
The "social economy" refers to the intersection of the private, public, and philanthropic sectors. Our partnerships in all three sectors help us to make significant change together and grow support for local nonprofits. Being in a leadership position means taking some risks and experimenting with new ways of moving the region forward. While we may not always get it right the first time, we will make lasting progress by focusing on “upstream” approaches, addressing the root causes of issues, rather than relying on “downstream” approaches that are only temporary fixes.
WHAT WE KNOW
A strong nonprofit sector leads to a strong community. Nonprofits in the Sacramento region generate over $7.4 billion in total revenue annually.
Local giving in our community has been steadily climbing. Despite initially lagging national averages for both the percent of area households that give and the average amount given locally per household, donor participation in giving days has grown exponentially since 2013.
Promoting individual philanthropy through dynamic community-building events like Big Day of Giving, and by supporting projects that foster equity and inclusion in local giving like our APIs Rise Fund.
Creating smarter and stronger nonprofits through effective capacity-bulding efforts, like leadership development and donor stewardship
Advancing collaboration among nonprofits and promoting sector transparency through GivingEdge, our region’s online nonprofit resource.
WHAT WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED
In the past two years alone, Big Day of Giving has raised over $12 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento region from thousands of donors. More than a 24-hour effort, the Big Day of Giving is a year-round capacity building opportunity for local nonprofits.
Gifts to our Community Impact Fund have grown substantially, allowing us to fund our Strategic Initiatives and make a greater, focused impact throughout the region. Learn more about partnering with the Foundation to pursue lasting change in our community.