Thursday's "Big Day of Giving" was a huge money maker for Sacramento area non-profits. The almost six hundred organizations participating this year will share more than $7.3 million dollars worth of donations.
It's the massive number of small contributions that make the annual event a success. More than 39,000 gifts were given to the participating non-profits.
“You, with your $15, or $25 or $50 donation have really moved the needle for some of these organizations and put them in a position to carry out a mission or a program that they weren’t going to be able to do without your money,” said Donna Courville of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
Larisa Bryski was ecstatic about the more than $6,000 donated to "Girls Rock Sacramento" - a youth development program offering music lessons and teaching self-confidence.
“We’ve never gotten this much money in one day before,” said Bryski with a smile. “This is going to enable us to have camps for the next probably three summers, at least, and hopefully some after-school programs.
More than six hundred donors helped the Sacramento SPCA easily top their goal of $80,000.
“We rely entirely on donations from the public. We don’t receive any tax dollars,” said the SPCA’s Karen Goff. “All of that money goes right back to the animals – through spay and neuter clinics, we go to adoptions, we do free vaccinations.”
The Placer Land Trust, Kiwanis Family House and the Sacramento Food Bank are among those getting the most funding.