Pushing back against fundraising disparities to strengthen the capital region.
Tostrengthen the Sacramento region, we must support the success of local nonprofit leaders and fundraisers — the very people who champion positive change in our community. But data from past Big Days of Giving reflect what we know is true across the nation: nonprofits led by people of color typically receive less funding for their organizations, despite high-quality outcomes and strong relationships in the communities they serve.
For example, during Big Day of Giving 2022, nonprofits led by people of color raised 38% less on average and received 30% fewer gifts than other similarly sized organizations. We can close this gap by nourishing connection and collaboration among leaders of color at local nonprofits. That's the aim of Cultivate.
Launched in 2022, the first iteration of Cultivate intended to increase the participation, number of donations, and dollars raised by 27 small organizations led or supported by people of color during Big Day of Giving 2023.
From the success of that inaugural effort, Cultivate has expanded to provide ongoing learning and support for local fundraisers of color through two mutually supportive components:
Cultivate Community is a quarterly convening for people of color who are working to raise funds for nonprofits in the Sacramento region. Participants network, benefit from presentations and support from topic experts, address common challenges and celebrate achievements, and engage in a participatory grantmaking program that awards $10,000 in grant funding.
Cultivate Capacity provides support for those who have little fundraising expertise and who seek additional training running a Big Day of Giving campaign. Beginning in August, the first phase focuses on basic readiness and, starting in January, the second phase supplements regular Big Day of Giving trainings with deep-dives that maximize participants' success.
All leaders listed below participate in Cultivate Community; leaders marked with asterisks (*) are also members of the capacity-building portion of Cultivate.
As a result of their participation in Cultivate, past participants have noted that they are better equipped to generate funding and solutions to grow their organizations' impact in the Sacramento region, and they have a stronger peer network.
"Cultivate has been an immense and immeasurable blessing for me. It’s helped me figure out what philanthropy is, what giving is, how to ask for donations, how to build networks. I don’t know that I would have had that without this program."
— SHACUNDA RODGERS, Founder and Executive Director of Holding Space
There is no cost for participating in Cultivate, thanks to generous support from the RCA Community Fund and the Building Equitable Communities Fund of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
All who self-identify as fundraisers of color in the Sacramento region are welcome to apply to Cultivate. Participating individuals can have many different roles within their organizations, including: Development Director, Fundraising Associate, Chair of Board Fundraising Committee, Sole Staff Member, Experienced Nonprofit Pro, Social Media Manager, Grantwriter, Executive Director, and more. Participants may be paid staff or volunteers.
We particularly seek to support organizations with annual operational budgets under $500,000.
While there are no strict eligibility requirements to participate in the program, based on demand and capacity, priority will be given to those who work on behalf of organizations that are BIPOC-serving, BIPOC-led, with an annual budget below $500,000, and/or that are registered or plan to register for Big Day of Giving. If you have questions about your eligibility, please inquire.
|Fall applications open||
Monday, July 31
|Virtual Info Session (View recording)||Thursday, August 3, 2023 from 10 to 11 a.m.|
|Fall applications close||Monday, August 14, 2023 at 5 p.m.|
|Fall selections and notifications||Thursday, August 17, 2023|
|Cohort sessions (virtual)||
Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|Community session (in-person)||Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Cohort session (virtual)||Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Cohort session (virtual)||Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
Community session (in-person)
End of Fall session
Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
|Spring applications open||Monday, December 18, 2023|
|Spring applications close||Monday, January 15, 2024 at 5 p.m.|
|Spring selections and notifications||Thursday, January 18, 2024|
|Cohort session (virtual)||Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Cohort session (virtual)||Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Community session (in-person)||Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Cohort session (virtual)||Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
|Post-BDOG Celebration||Thursday, May 16, 2024 (time TBD)|
|Community session (in-person)
End of Spring session
|Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.|
Cultivate is coordinated through a partnership between the Foundation and longtime nonprofit fundraiser and Big Day of Giving advisor Marisa DeSalles of Good Tilth Consulting. For questions about Cultivate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.