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 embarked on this effort with Big Day of Giving, and have continued to foster it through The Lab Capacity Building Program, which fosters a thriving nonprofit sector by supporting diverse and emerging nonprofit leaders to achieve meaningful change, and Cultivate, which nourishes connection and collaboration among leaders of color at local nonprofits.

Learn more about The Lab

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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.


Related Resources

May 6, 2022
Nonprofits raise $13.4 million during Big Day of Giving

Donors display generosity for 718 local nonprofits during the Sacramento region's tenth annual giving day.

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April 5, 2022
Local Nonprofits Prepare for Big Day of Giving on May 5

Donors can schedule gifts to organizations that need their support starting April 21

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November 8, 2021
Hooked on Giving

By Monica Haulman, Program Manager, Impact Systems

The eye-popping final tally isn’t the only impressive result from Big Day of Giving.

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May 13, 2021
Big Day of Giving 2021 Report to the Community

We hope this look at Big Day of Giving 2021 illuminates the impact of the generosity that occurred on May 6 to the donors, community partners, and nonprofit staff and volunteers who made it possible.

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May 7, 2021
Record-breaking $13.3 million raised through Big Day of Giving

This year's giving day was an incredible display of generosity for local nonprofits.

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