Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving raised a record $7.1 million for area nonprofits despite a nationwide website failure that crippled online giving for more than 50 such events around the country.
The May 3 event was extended for 15 more hours after the Big Day of Giving website failed. Event organizer Sacramento Region Community Foundation had set a goal of $6 million in donations, up from $5.6 million last year.
“Together our community overcame obstacles and persevered,” Linda Beech Cutler, CEO of the foundation, said in a prepared statement. She said 570 nonprofits across the region participated.
The Texas company that designed the computer platform for the national Give Local America campaign, of which the Sacramento event is a part, said it experienced a hardware problem that turned into a meltdown.