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Give Where Your Heart Is - The Big Day of Giving Returns - Thursday May 4, 2017


The Big Day of Giving (BigDOG) returns in 2017 on Thursday, May 4th from midnight-to-midnight. BigDOG is an annual 24-hour online fundraising event that celebrates the spirit of philanthropy and supports the nonprofit community in our entire region. Since 2013, over $16,000,000 has been raised for deserving nonprofits in Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties.

Putah Creek Council participated in the Big Day of Giving the past two years and will participate again in 2017. We sincerely hope you will too! We raised $29,000 during the past two BigDOG events and the funds allowed us to expand our community stewardship and education programs. During the annual fall creek cleanup we were able to add a volunteer "hub" in Davis at the UC Davis Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and organize teams to clean up the Reserve and also the City of Davis' South Fork Preserve. We also were able to continue our popular 4th grade curriculum, Adopt-a-Flat, and add a new Middle School unit called "Creek Science Investigations." Both programs include an outdoor environmental education field trip to Putah Creek. 

Our BigDOG goal this year is to raise at least $20,000 and engage 175 donors. We will have a $6,500+ "Board and Friends" match pool to instantly DOUBLE the first $6,500+ of BigDOG online donations. This is what makes BigDOG so special - the ability to instantly amplify your gift!  It is easy to make a BigDOG contribution - watch this video. 

NEW THIS YEAR! The new BigDOG donation platform will allow donors to schedule their gifts in advance of May 4th. You can schedule your donation to Putah Creek Council as early as this Friday, April 14th and your gift will process right after 12:00 midnight on May 4th. Visit the Putah Creek Council BigDOG donation page anytime between April 14 and May 3rd to schedule your gift. 

RETURNING THIS YEAR is the Golden 1 Credit Union Match. When Golden 1 members use their Golden 1 debit or credit card to make a BigDOG donation, the contribution will get an extra boost – Golden 1 will proportionately match up to $50,000 in members’ online gifts! 

ALSO RETURNING: Drawings for Rob Stone prints! Each $25 online BigDOG donation we receive on May 4th will be entered into drawings for two special, limited edition, signed, fine art Putah Creek prints by Rob Stone - Willow and Spring on Lake Solano - each one valued at $100. If you donate $25, you will receive one entry into the drawings; if you donate $50, two entries; $75, three; $100, four; and so on. The larger your BigDOG contribution, the better your chances of winning one of the prints!

HELP US spread the word about BigDOG 2017. Tell your friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to contribute. Follow us on facebook and twitter and share our #BigDOG2017 posts and tweets. 

Thank you in advance for participating in the Big Day of Giving. If you have any questions about Putah Creek Council's programs, if you would like to contribute to our BigDOG "Board and Friends" match pool, or if you want to know more about the drawings for Rob Stone's posters, please feel free to call the Council's office at: 530-795-3006.