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.

We respond 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 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

Big Days of Giving, part of our philanthropy initiative, has raised $91 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 embark on this effort annually with Big Day of Giving, fostered it previously through The Lab Capacity Building Program, a program that supported diverse and emerging nonprofit leaders to achieve meaningful change, and are continuing that work with Cultivate, which nourishes connection and collaboration among leaders of color at local nonprofits.

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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.


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November 9, 2023
Foundation Launches Big Day of Giving 2024 Registration

Local nonprofits encouraged to register before January 19 deadline.

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June 26, 2023
A Proper Harvest

With our new program tied to Big Day of Giving, Cultivate, we’re pushing back against nationwide fundraising disparities to strengthen the capital region.

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May 5, 2023
$13.8 million raised during Big Day of Giving

Donors display generosity for 762 local nonprofits during the Sacramento region's tenth annual giving day.

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April 11, 2023
Local nonprofits prepare for Big Day of Giving on May 4

Donors can schedule gifts to organizations that need their support starting April 20

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May 24, 2022
Meet The Lab Capacity Building Program Cohort

Meet the fourth cohort of nonprofit leaders in The Lab Capacity Building Program! Over the next seven months, these nonprofit leaders will work to identify innovative solutions to some of our community's most pressing issues. 

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