Expanding Philanthropy and the Social Economy

Leading to a More Generous Region

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 by 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 has been transformational for our region. Innovations like GivingEdge—our nonprofit database which makes Big Day of Giving possible—and other programs like our Grants Advisory Board for Youth and the Philanthropic Advisors' Forum of Greater Sacramento are making philanthropy more accessible by attracting new people to charitable giving and offering the opportunity to have greater impact by giving together.

A handful of Big Day of Giving nonprofit participants

Part of our philanthropy initiative, our Big Days of Giving have raised $52 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento region since 2013.

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This work occurs at the intersection of the Sacramento region's private, public, and philanthropic sectors. Our partnerships in all three sectors help us to make significant change together and grow support for local nonprofits. We know a strong nonprofit sector leads to a strong community, and we believe that – despite initially lagging national averages for both the percent of area households that give to nonprofits and the average amount given locally per household – giving to local organizations has been climbing in the Sacramento region, thanks in part to our focus in this area and the generosity of our community.

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Complementing our effort to grow philanthropic giving, we continue to develop our work in this arena through programs that aim to build the capacity of the local nonprofit sector. We embarked on this effort with Big Day of Giving, and have continued to foster it through micro grants and, most recently, The Lab Capacity Building Program, which fosters a thriving nonprofit sector by supporting diverse and emerging nonprofit leaders to achieve meaningful change. 

Learn more about The Lab

Attendees at a Big Day of Giving training for nonprofit participants

Our Big Day of Giving trainings encourage local nonprofits to network while they develop their marketing and board engagement skills.


Related Resources

Big Day of Giving

The capital area's 24-hour giving challenge to support local nonprofits

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The Sacramento region’s online nonprofit resource, featuring profiles with detailed information on the programs, needs, and community impact of nearly 600 local organizations

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Philanthropic Advisors' Forum

Inspiring and supporting professional advisors to help clients create charitable giving plans that strengthen their families and communities

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May 8, 2020
Record-breaking $12 million raised through Big Day of Giving

Incredible display of generosity for local nonprofits demonstrated by donors in the Sacramento region

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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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November 25, 2019
Leaning Into Leadership

To ensure a strong nonprofit sector for our future, we must develop strong nonprofit leaders today

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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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June 27, 2018
Inaugural grants help nonprofits increase their impact

Recent awards are building capacity at 11 local organizations

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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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