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

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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