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Sacramento region can show it is the most generous place in nation

Members of the Sacramento Ballet perform during a Big Day of Giving event at Fremont Park last year. Organizers are trying to surpass the $3 million raised last year with $5 million.
Members of the Sacramento Ballet perform during a Big Day of Giving event at Fremont Park last year. Organizers are trying to surpass the $3 million raised last year with $5 million. Sacramento Bee file

Of all the national rankings that come along, this is one the Sacramento region can be really proud of: Last year, the first Big Day of Giving raised more than $3 million for nearly 400 nonprofits, the second-highest total in the country, behind only Sarasota County in Florida.

This year, organizers are reaching even higher. The goal is $5 million for the 24-hour online fundraising blitz, which starts at midnight Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Donations will benefit nonprofits in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties, addressing every worthy cause you might want to support.

ACC Senior Services helps older Asian Americans stay healthy and independent. CCHAT Center Sacramento teaches infants with hearing loss. The Runnin’ for Rhett Youth Fitness Program tackles childhood obesity. The Gender Health Center offers counseling on sexual identity.

Sacramento Covered aids uninsured families with health services. Chalk It Up To Sacramento puts on a three-day festival in midtown to raise money for young artists and art programs.

The Assistance League of Greater Placer provides clothes, backpacks and supplies to needy students. Gold Country Wildlife Rescue protects endangered animals in Placer. Blue Line Arts promotes the arts in Roseville.

The Big Day of Giving is a campaign to raise $5 million in 24 hours for Sacramento-area nonprofits. This video is from the 2015 event.

The Center for Land-Based Learning encourages urban farmers in West Sacramento. The Yolo Basin Foundation protects wildlife and wetlands.

The El Dorado Community Health Center offers primary care and more. The Food Bank of El Dorado County provides meals, with special outreach to military veterans.

The Big Day of Giving is a joint production of Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Placer Community Foundation and the Yolo Community Foundation. Corporations, foundations and others throughout the region are pitching in. There are promotional events scheduled during the day in all four counties.

Leaders in the four counties also collaborated on Next Economy, a blueprint that is creating jobs. While economic development is crucial to the region’s prosperity, our future also depends on smart investments in human capital. Private nonprofits can take the lead in making sure that the less fortunate get a helping hand, that communities get strengthened and that arts and culture flourish.

Last year, more than 12,000 people donated. This year, the goal is 25,000. It’s time to show our generosity again – and maybe lead the nation.

Want to help?

Donate at bigdayofgiving.org

Or go to giving events Tuesday:

▪ Center court, Westfield Galleria, Roseville, 5 a.m.-2 p.m.

▪ Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

▪ Heritage Plaza, Woodland, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

▪ Veterans Memorial Building, Placerville, 3-7 p.m.

▪ Hot Italian, Sacramento, 4-6 p.m.

▪ Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, Auburn, 4:30-7 p.m.

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