Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving to local charities is Thursday. Here’s how to donate

Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation’s annual 24-hour pledge drive for nonprofits and charities in the area, kicks off at midnight and runs all day Thursday.

More than 600 organizations are participating in the pledge drive, which helps raise “much needed unrestricted funds and shine a spotlight on the work these organizations do to make this the place we call home,” according to the foundation’s website.

Last year, 587 nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $7.4 million from more than 39,500 donations.

The foundation has raised more than $30 million since its first Big Day of Giving pledge drive in 2013.

Last year, Kiwanis Family House, which provides temporary housing for families of patients treated at local hospitals, raised the most funds in Sacramento County: More than $4.7 million.

Other popular nonprofits among donors include Front Street Animal Shelter, Sacramento SPCA and Capitol Public Radio.

To donate, visit www.bigdayofgiving.org/nonprofits.

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