Big Day of Giving

The Sacramento region's annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program


 

Aprogram of our initiative to grow local philanthropy, Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour giving challenge that brings our community together to support the nonprofits that serve the Sacramento region. The nonprofits that participate raise much-needed unrestricted funds during Big Day of Giving and their staff and volunteers benefit from year-round opportunities to connect with their peers and strengthen essential fundraising, storytelling, and board development skills.

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The next Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 4, 2023! We invite you to register to receive a reminder to give by email or text.

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GROWING LOCAL PHILANTHROPY

We believe that a strong nonprofit sector benefits everyone in the capital area. In a political and economic landscape that can feel uncertain, ensuring the region’s organizations have the tools to sustain their missions is among our greatest responsibilities. Together, Big Day of Giving and GivingEdge, the online nonprofit knowledgebase that powers it, continue to redefine philanthropy in the capital
area: In 2022, with the support of our capacity-building programming, 718
organizations generated a record $13.4 million in a single day. This community-wide effort fortified their collaborations with nonprofit colleagues, deepened their engagements with donors, and strengthened their impact in our community.

For the nearly a decade, the giving day has united our community, raising $78 million for local nonprofits from over 60,000 donors from all over the region, the state, the country, and the world.

Dive into data from past BIG DAYS OF GIVING

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BUILDING NONPROFIT CAPACITY

Big Day of Giving is an opportunity for donors to show their community pride and support the nonprofits that make our region great, and it is also a year-long capacity building program that helps local nonprofits hone their skills in marketing, social media, and board and donor engagement. The effort makes an impact year-round:

  • Big Day of Giving introduces donors to new causes worth supporting: Each year, about a quarter donors report giving to organizations for the first time, helping nonprofits reach new audiences.
  • Organizations that attend our Big Day of Giving capacity-building bootcamps enjoy an astounding return on investment: On average, they raise 52% more than what organizations that do not attend a training raise, helping to grow the $78 million raised by nonprofits during Big Day of Giving since its inception.
  • Big Day of Giving connects nonprofits to the community at-large and to each other: 74% of organizations report their visibility in the community increased since first participating, and 76% feel a stronger sense of connection to the local nonprofit sector.

Each time a participating nonprofit puts their increased skills to work throughout the year, we consider the effort a success.

Big Day of Giving representatives from the Food Literacy Center

Want to learn more about Big Day of Giving? Peek through our post-Big Day of Giving event reports!

Find them in our Publications

Pass On Philanthropic Traditions
December 5, 2019
Pass On Philanthropic Traditions

By Chelsea Fahr, Director of Donor Engagement

Wondering how you can help foster philanthropic values in the lives of young people you love? Our fundholder services team has a few tips to share.

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Big Day of Giving 2022 Report to the Community
May 13, 2022
Big Day of Giving 2022 Report to the Community

We hope this look at Big Day of Giving 2022 illuminates the impact of the generosity that occurred on May 5 to the donors, community partners, and nonprofit staff and volunteers who made it possible.

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Big Day of Giving 2021 Report to the Community
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 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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Hooked on Giving
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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Record-breaking $13.3 million raised through Big Day of Giving
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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The Power of Open Funding
November 25, 2019
The Power of Open Funding

By Kerry Wood, CFRE, Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer

Our Chief Marketing & Donor Engagement Officer writes that unrestricted grants sustain nonprofit health.

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Big Day of Giving 2020 Report to the Community
July 20, 2020
Big Day of Giving 2020 Report to the Community

We hope this look at Big Day of Giving 2020 illuminates the impact of the generosity that occurred on May 7 to the donors, community partners, and nonprofit staff and volunteers who made it possible.

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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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Big Day of Giving 2019 raises record $8.4 million
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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Report to the Community
July 17, 2019
Big Day of Giving 2019 Report to the Community

We hope this look at Big Day of Giving 2019 illuminates the impact of the generosity that occurred on May 2 to the donors, community partners, and nonprofit staff and volunteers who made it possible.

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July 17, 2019
The Unsung Heroes of Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving Mentors donate hundreds of hours to help fellow nonprofit professionals succeed during the region’s annual giving day

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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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Big Day of Giving 2018 Report to the Community
August 20, 2018
Big Day of Giving 2018 Report to the Community

During Big Day of Giving 2018, nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $7.4 million from tens of thousands of donors, whose giving we analyze in this year's Report to the Community.

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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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Big Day of Giving Website

Each May, the Big Day of Giving is powered by GivingEdge, our year-round nonprofit knowledge database. The website is always accessible via www.bigdayofgiving.org and www.givingedge.org.

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