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Yolo Nonprofits net $1.6m on Big Day of Giving

By: Yolo Community Foundation

May 2, 2024, was Big Day of Giving in the Sacramento region – and it was a very big day for the Yolo County nonprofits that participated, as they raised a collective $1.6 million. Nearly 130 Yolo County nonprofits participated, the highest number of local nonprofits that have ever taken part in this annual giving day.

Overall, throughout the Sacramento region, 826 nonprofits raised over $13.2 million from more than 28,000 donors through the Big Day of Giving. Big Day of Giving is a project of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation; nonprofits in Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties participate. The first Big Day of Giving took place in 2013; as of May 2, participating organizations have raised over $100 million from more than 60,000 donors through the program. Learn more at

Yolo County’s top fundraising nonprofits were the Yolo Food bank, which raised over $142,000, followed by Meals on Wheels Yolo County at nearly $113,000 and the Yolo Crisis Nursery at $83,000. According to Karen Baker, CEO of the Yolo Food Bank, “The influx of funds happens to land at a time of year when all nonprofits need unrestricted critical funds,” said Executive Director Karen Baker. “We enjoy support during the holidays, but the wave of generosity that comes in through Big Day of Giving provides a much-needed boost for the spring and summer months.”

A wide variety of organizations of all sizes and causes participated in the initiative. Interested community members can learn more about these nonprofits, and the Yolo County nonprofit landscape, at

According to Yolo Community Foundation Executive Director Jessica Hubbard, “We are so grateful to live in a community that recognizes the critical role that nonprofits play in making Yolo County such a wonderful place to live. Big Day of Giving is a much-needed source of unrestricted funding for our local nonprofits; it lets them focus their attention on the areas of greatest need. At the same time, the training provided to participating nonprofits by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation helps them to grow their capacity, increasing their impact for years to come.”

Hubbard encourages community members to mark their calendars for next year’s Big Day of Giving on Thursday, May 1, 2025.

About the Yolo Community Foundation
The Yolo Community Foundation inspires and supports giving and provides philanthropic leadership in Yolo County. The organization offers donor-advised funds and other philanthropic vehicles, donates to local nonprofits, runs nonprofit training programs, and supports local giving. YCF currently has more than 100 philanthropic funds valued at over $12 million and is an affiliate of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Join us! Visit to learn more. 

About the Sacramento Region Community Foundation
In addition to leading Big Day of Giving as part of its initiative to grow local giving, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation works alongside the Yolo Community Foundation to provide solutions that help local people make a philanthropic impact immediately or through their estates. Its mission is to lead, serve, and inspire enduring philanthropy for a just and vibrant Sacramento region. Learn more at

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