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Big Day of Giving surpasses $8 million in donations for nonprofits and charities

Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving grows local philanthropy

Volunteers around the Sacramento region hold festive events on Thursday, May 2, 2019, to raise money for nonprofits on the Big Day of Giving. The event has raised more than $30 million for more than 600 nonprofits since 2013.
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Volunteers around the Sacramento region hold festive events on Thursday, May 2, 2019, to raise money for nonprofits on the Big Day of Giving. The event has raised more than $30 million for more than 600 nonprofits since 2013.

More than 600 Sacramento-area organizations pulled in donations for a total of more than $8 million Thursday for Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation’s annual 24-hour pledge drive for nonprofits and charities.

A total of 43,555 donations raised $8,061,957 as of the pledge drive’s midnight update, according to organizers.

However, organizations could continue reporting their donations through noon Friday. As of 1 p.m., the figure jumped to $8,355,397 from 44,440 donations. Those numbers are still preliminary, and the final tally won’t be made official until later in the day, the foundation said in a news release.

The $8 million mark already surpassed the 2018 Big Day of Giving total of about $7.4 million.

The foundation raised more than $30 million between the 2013 and 2018 pledge drives.

As of the midnight update, the top five organizations that had raised the most money Thursday were:

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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