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One-day challenge looks to raise funds for area nonprofits

By From page A5 | May 04, 2014

GiveLocalNow is gearing up for the region’s first Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour giving challenge benefiting the region’s nonprofit sector.

The event — under the leadership of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation, Yolo Community Foundation, and others — will run from midnight Tuesday, May 6, to 11:59 p.m. that night.

The region has set a goal to collectively raise $1 million and engage 5,000 donors on the Day of Giving. The region aims to enlist 400 nonprofits and provide $250,000 in match and prize money to participating nonprofits. Each individual donation will get a boost by a pool of matching funds on a pro-rated basis, making every gift go further.

The Big Day of Giving also will serve as a launch for the area’s first nonprofit database, GivingEdge, which represents a key resource for nonprofits, funders and donors. It is co-branded with GuideStar, the nation’s largest and trusted resource for nonprofit information, and currently holds vetted information for over 400 of our region’s nonprofits.

Music for your money

Davis Musical Theatre Company is joining with other nonprofits in The Big Day of Giving on Tuesday. DMTC’s goal is to add 30 new donors, raise $10,000 and awareness for the arts, and support programs like the Young Performers Theatre.

In keeping with the company’s performance nature, DMTC plans theater tours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 607 Peña Drive, with special entertainment from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby. There will be a happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. All are welcome to stay for a “sneak peek” of the upcoming production of “Les Misérables” as visitors may watch rehearsal from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

To participate, starting at midnight May 6, visit www.givelocalnow.org and make a gift as little as $25 to any of the 400 participating nonprofit organizations. There is a 24-hour window to make donations. Nonprofits can be searched by key words. Multiple donations may be made.

Among the participants are dozens from throughout Yolo County, including:

Acme Theatre Company, Cache Creek Conservancy, California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Center for Land-Based Learning, Citizens Who Care, CommuniCare Health Centers, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Foundation, Community Housing Opportunities Corp., Cool Davis Foundation, Darts Arts Center, Davis Community Meals, Davis Media Access, Davis Musical Theatre Company and Davis Schools Orchestral Music Association.

Also, Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels of Yolo County, Explorit Science Center, Freedom From Hunger, Friends of the Davis Public Library, Northern California Children’s Therapy Center, Pence Gallery Association, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, St. John’s Retirement Village, Suicide Prevention of Yolo County, Tuleyome, UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden, UC Davis School of Education and Valley Vision Inc.

Also, Winters Friends of the Library, Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Foundation, Woodland Literacy Council, Woodland Opera House, Woodland Schools Foundation, Yolo Basin Foundation, Yolo Community Care Continuum, Yolo Community Foundation, Yolo County CASA, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Yolo Family Resource Center, Yolo Family Service Agency, Yolo Food Bank, Yolo Hospice, Yolo Land Trust and YoloArts.

For more information, visit www.givelocalnow.org.

Enterprise staff

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