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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Next year's Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 7, 2020! Visit the Big Day of Giving website to learn more about what's planned for the most inspiring day in the Sacramento region.

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GROWING LOCAL PHILANTHROPY

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 2019, with the support of our capacity-building programming, over 600
organizations generated a record $8.4 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 nearly $40 million for local nonprofits from over 23,000 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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BUILDING NONPROFIT CAPACITY

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: On average, they raise more than organizations that do not attend a training, helping to grow the nearly $40 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 2019 raises record $8.4 million
May 3, 2019
Big Day of Giving 2019 raises record $8.4 million

This year's Big Day of Giving was another remarkable community-wide effort that raised nearly $8.4 million for hundreds of local nonprofits. 

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Report to the Community
July 17, 2019
Big Day of Giving 2019 Report to the Community

We hope this look at Big Day of Giving 2019 illuminates the impact of the generosity that occurred on May 2 to the donors, community partners, and nonprofit staff and volunteers who made it possible.

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July 17, 2019
The Unsung Heroes of Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving Mentors donate hundreds of hours to help fellow nonprofit professionals succeed during the region’s annual giving day

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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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April 15, 2019
Sacramento Region Nonprofits Readying for Big Day of Giving on May 2

Donors can schedule their gifts to 601 organizations that help make the capital area vibrant  

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December 19, 2018
Staying Sharp

Through our initiative to expand local philanthropy, we are taking measured risks to strengthen our region’s nonprofit sector

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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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April 18, 2018
Sacramento Region Nonprofits Readying for Big Day of Giving on May 3

Donors can schedule their gifts to the organizations that help make the capital area vibrant

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Big Day of Giving Website

Each May, the Big Day of Giving is powered by GivingEdge, our year-round nonprofit knowledge database. The website is always accessible via www.bigdayofgiving.org and www.givingedge.org.

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Big Day of Giving 2017 Report to the Community

During this year's Big Day of Giving, nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $7.2 million from tens of thousands of donors, whose giving we analyze in this year's multi-part Report to the Community.

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May 11, 2017
Foundation Announces Official Big Day of Giving Tally

$7.2 million raised for local nonprofits tops last year’s total

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March 28, 2017
600 Local Nonprofits Announced for May 4 Big Day of Giving

The annual giving day comes at a crucial moment, says Foundation CEO

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August 28, 2015
Report to the Community 2015

This Report to the Community offers significant learnings from BIG Day of Giving 2016 and highlights profound opportunities to grow regional philanthropy and strengthen the nonprofit sector.

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2016 BIG Day of Giving Post-Event Report
2016 BIG Day of Giving Post-Event Report

This report dives deep into the entire giving day experience during BIG Day of Giving 2016 providing data, a timeline, insights, and quotes from donors and nonprofits.

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May 16, 2016
BIG Day of Giving Raises $7.1 Million for Local Nonprofits

Despite technical difficulties, the Sacramento region rallied to help our annual giving day exceed its $6 million goal!

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August 23, 2016
New Date and Fundraising Platform Announced for Big Day of Giving 2017

Supporters of the nonprofit organizations that serve the capital region should mark their calendars: we are excited to announce that next year's Big Day of Giving will be held from midnight to midnight on Thursday, May 4!

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