Last year Putah Creek Council participated in the Big Day of Giving for the first time and we raised $11,638 from 125 online donors, exceeding our modest goal of $10,000. That $11,638 provided a significant increase in our 2015 annual education budget and allowed us to offer some wonderful K-12+ education experiences to Winters and Davis students last summer and this spring.
The Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online fundrasing event that celebrates and supports the nonprofit community in our entire region. Last year, over 23,000 individuals gave $5.5 million to 529 deserving nonprofits in Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties. This year, we will join nearly 600 nonprofits to raise over $6 million dollars and engage 30,000 donors!
Putah Creek Council will participate in the 2016 Big Day of Giving on May 3rd and we sincerely hope you will too. There are dozens of prize challenges and incentives to amplify your donation and make an even bigger difference.
Our goal this year is to raise at least $15,000 and engage 175 donors. Every contribution we receive helps support our creek-based K-12+ education efforts and community stewardship events.
This year we have two fun incentives that we hope will provide some excitement and inspire you to give generously to Putah Creek Council on May 3rd:
First, we will have a match pool of $5,000 in pledges from Council board members and some special Putah Creek "friends." Once we reach our first $5K in donations onMay 3rd, the match pool immediately doubles our contributions - BOOM! You will be able to monitor our progress toward reaching our "Board and Friends" match goal on our Putah Creek Council Big Day of Giving donation page.
Second, each $25 online BigDOG 2016 donation we receive on May 3rd will be entered into two separate drawings for two limited-edition, signed, fine art Putah Creek posters by Rob Stone - Willow and Spring on Lake Solano - each one valued at over $100. If you donate $25, you will receive one entry into each drawing; 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 posters!
We hope you will participate in BigDOG this year and choose to support the Council in the following ways:
> Mark your calendar now for May 3rd and plan to make a donation. All BigDOG donations are enhanced by a pool of incentive funds. For example, Golden 1 Credit Union has returned for more BigDOG fun this year! When Golden 1 members use their Golden 1 debit or credit card to make a BiG Day of Giving donation, the contribution will get an extra boost – Golden 1 will proportionately match up to $50,000 in members’ online gifts!
> Time your tax-deductible gift(s) to help us win one or both of these prize challenges and BOOST your contribution:
- Make a donation right at 12:00:00 am or at 11:59:59 pm and put us in the running for one of the $500-$3,000 "Blast Off" or "Landing" prizes. Last year we won the $500 Yolo Landing Prize!
- Or, make a donation between 9 and 10 AM and help us win that $1,000 "Hourly" prize.
Thank you in advance for participating in the 2016 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.