$7.4 million raised for nonprofits during Big Day of Giving

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

During Big Day of Giving 2018 on May 3, nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $7.4 million from over 39,500 donations, exceeding the $7.2 million raised last year and bringing the total generated since the inception of this annual giving day to more than $30 million.

“On May 3, our community once again demonstrated its generosity and commitment to supporting the organizations that make such a difference to us all,” said Linda Beech Cutler, chief executive of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which has organized the day-long giving challenge since its beginning in 2013. “We are immensely grateful for the good work these nonprofits do every day and for the donors who gave during this year’s Big Day of Giving.”

The success of Big Day of Giving 2018 was made possible by the generosity of local donors, who made over 39,500 donations to support the Sacramento region's nonprofits.

In all, nonprofits in the capital area generated $7,365,780* on May 3, and each of the 587 participating nonprofits received donations. The amount each nonprofit raised is available to view on the leaderboard at www.bigdayofgiving.org/leaderboards.

Along with helping nonprofits raise much-needed funds, the Foundation offers a robust training program to help build the capacity of participating nonprofits in areas such as donor engagement, board development, collaboration, marketing outreach, and storytelling prior to Big Day of Giving. This year, a record 700 nonprofit staff and board members participated.

“Its impact is greater than a single day,” said Angie Dixon, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, which raised $85,541 on May 3. “Each year, Big Day of Giving strengthens our engagement with the community: we take advantage of its myriad opportunities to grow our visibility, collaborate with our nonprofit peers, and elevate our partnership with our Board of Directors, all of which helps bring new supporters to our mission.”


In addition to the thousands of donors who gave during the annual giving day, nonprofit organizations held more than 70 events throughout the region to promote their missions and generate donations, many of which were the result of collaborations between multiple participating organizations and local businesses. Creating alliances like these among nonprofits is a key goal of the Foundation’s initiative to strengthen the nonprofit sector: Expanding Philanthropy and the Social Economy.

Big Day of Giving was made possible by the Foundation, in collaboration with the generosity of its community partners. To learn more about Big Day of Giving, please visit www.bigdayofgiving.org, and follow it on Facebook and Twitter. Donors anticipating next year's Big Day of Giving should mark their calendars for Thursday, May 2, 2019.

* Final numbers are subject to verification due to credit card reconciliation and match allocations.