Worry over a new GOP tax law curbing charitable donations turned out to be unsubstantiated Thursday, as Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving netted about the same amount if not more than it did in each of the last two years.
Big Day of Giving 2018 brought in $7.2 million from 39,000 donations as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, according to event organizer Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Organizations have until noon Friday to submit the total amount of in-person donations they received.
Last year’s event brought in $7.2 million as well, and 2016 brought $7.1 million. The event had previously grown from garnering $500,000 in 2013, its introductory year, to $5.6 million in 2015.
Placer Land Trust received $220,000 in donations from 368 accounts, while no other organization received $100,000. Kiwanis Family House, Sacramento SPCA and The First Tee of Greater Sacramento all received at least $85,000.
Front Street Animal Shelter ($73,000), Sacramento SPCA ($93,000) and Capitol Public Radio ($63,000) were the most frequently-chosen organizations among donors.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel