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Big Day of Giving
Among the 587 nonprofit organizations participating in this year’s Big Day of Giving are 37 organizations from Roseville:

  • EXCEL Roseville;
  • Roseville Community Crime Stoppers;
  • Roseville Historical Society; Roseville Urban Forest Foundation;
  • Roseville Theatre Arts Academy;
  • St. Vincent de Paul Roseville;
  • Tommy Apostolos Fund;
  • WWJD?, Inc.;
  • A World Reach for Humanity Communities Missions;
  • The Arc of Placer County;
  • Blue Line Arts;
  • Down Syndrome Information Alliance;
  • FamilyGreenSurvival, Inc.;
  • Flood Water Roller Derby;
  • Foothills Habitat for Humanity;
  • The Gathering Inn;
  • HomeAid Sacramento;
  • HOPE Counseling Center;
  • Keaton’s Child Cancer Alliance;
  • KidsFirst, Counseling & Family Resources/CAPC;
  • Maidu Summit Consortium;
  • The Me-One Foundation Inc.;
  • My Mother’s Voice;
  • NorCal Bully Breed Rescue;
  • North State Building Industry Foundation;
  • Northern California Children’s Chorus;
  • Placer Breast Cancer Foundation;
  • Placer SPCA;
  • Raise Your Hand Foundation;
  • ReCreate;
  • Royal Stage Christian Performing Arts;
  • Sacramento Valley Choral Coalition;
  • Sierra Pregnancy + Health;
  • The Taylor House;
  • Ticket to Dream Foundation;
  • Wellness Within and Zafia’s Family House.

Fulfilling a nonprofit organization’s mission, especially for volunteer organizations, can be overwhelming when members also have to worry about raising significant amounts of money.

It’s hard, especially in smaller, more rural areas, for representatives from several organizations to keep tapping the same residents likely to donate to the charity. There’s only so much money to go around in our community.

Plus asking for donations is not everyone’s forte. It’s intimidating to ask others to give money without receiving something in exchange, especially when those being asked might have large bills of their own to pay.
Yet, since 2013, 36,000-plus donors here and abroad have donated a total of more than $23 million for local nonprofit organizations through the Big Day of Giving.

That’s why 587 nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento region welcome the annual Big Day of Giving. Sponsored by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Big Day of Giving this year is from midnight May 2 to 11:59 p.m. May 3.

“Since its beginning, Big Day of Giving has been a community-driven effort that unites the region for one crucial purpose: to give back to the local organizations that give so much to the capital area every day of the year,” said Linda Beech Cutler, the foundation’s chief executive officer.

During the Big Day of Giving’s 24 hours of fundraising, the nonprofit representatives might host a party, email or call friends and acquaintances, and nonstop promote their organizations.

What’s great about the Big Day of Giving is it’s a regional effort to spotlight philanthropy, according to Beech Cutler. It’s also an opportunity for nonprofits to collaborate with each other as regional nonprofits will often host an event together, she said.

According to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Big Day of Giving also introduces residents to causes they previously did not know about: 30 percent of donors gave to organizations for the first time during Big Day of Giving 2017, helping nonprofits reach new audiences.

And the annual event connects nonprofits to the community at-large and to each other. The foundation reported that 74 percent of organizations report their visibility in the community increased since first participating and 76 percent feel a stronger sense of connection to the local nonprofit sector.

To see the list of the 587 organizations participating this year, visit bigdayofgiving.org. On May 3, all scheduled donations as they are made will be added to the Big Day of Giving website.

Most Big Day of Giving donations will be made online at bigdayofgiving.org May 3 but donations are also now being accepted for the fundraising event. For those residents who don’t want to donate online, the nonprofit representatives will accept checks today through May 3 for the fundraising event. For any questions, call the Sacramento Region Community Foundation at 916-921-7723.

Most of our nonprofit organizations need our help year-round as their volunteers make our communities a better place to be every week. Let’s help them out May 3. The volunteers are counting on us.

Last year, almost 600 organizations generated a total of $7.2 million from more than 22,000 donors during the 24-hour fundraising event. That’s an impressive amount of funds. Let’s help top that number in just a few days.