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 while 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 is 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.

Representatives from Stanford Settlement helped us celebrate BDOG2017.

Part of our philanthropy initiative, our Big Days of Giving have raised nearly $40 million for nonprofits in the Sacramento region since 2013.

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The "social economy" refers to the intersection of the private, public, and philanthropic sectors. Our partnerships in all three sectors help us to make significant change together and grow support for local nonprofits. Being in a leadership position means taking some risks and experimenting with new ways of moving the region forward. While we may not always get it right the first time, we will make lasting progress by focusing on “upstream” approaches, addressing the root causes of issues, rather than relying on “downstream” approaches that are only temporary fixes.

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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.

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

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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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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Big Day of Giving

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

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