April 20, 2017

3 Things to Know about Big Day of Giving

1. What is Big Day of Giving?

Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge for Sacramento region’s nonprofits.  Together, our community raises much-needed unrestricted funds for the Yolo Crisis Nursery and 599 other local nonprofits. The event also shines a spotlight on the work we all do.

With the tagline “24 Hours to Give Where Your Heart Is,” Big Day is a program that grew out of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s initiative to grow local philanthropy. In the last four years, Big Day of Giving has raised more than $16 million for local nonprofits.

2. When is it?

This year’s event will be May 4.

But you can write a check today or “schedule” your gift on the Big Day of Giving website. No need to wait until May 4!

To give online, start at our info-packed profile page on the Big Day of Giving website. Or you can go directly to our donation page on the site. Once you enter your amount, you will be asked if you want to pay a few extra dollars to offset the processing fees. From there, you can go to check-out and pay with your credit card, but your gift will not be processed until May 4.

To give by check: Mail your check to the Nursery’s financial office at 1477 Drew Ave. Suite 103, Davis, CA 95618. Please put “Big Day of Giving” in the memo line.

If you schedule a gift, you’ll get a confirmation saying your transaction will be processed on May 4. After it’s processed, you will be emailed an official tax receipt. If you send a check, the Nursery will mail you a thank-you and acknowledgement for your tax records.

3. How will the Yolo Crisis Nursery use my donation?

Your gift will support the Nursery’s mission of providing early intervention services to nurture healthy and resilient children, strengthen parents, and preserve families.

This statement from our profile on the Big Day website answers the question in more detail: 

Yolo Crisis Nursery’s most pressing need is to continue to build a sustained financial base from which to operate. Just two years ago, we were threatened with closure when the Nursery’s host agency, EMQ FamiliesFirst, left Yolo County. Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Nursery remained open and transitioned to becoming an independent nonprofit (501c3) organization. The Nursery finished 2015-16, its first full year as a stand-alone nonprofit, with a balanced budget.

We are taking steps to build our funding base and reserves, and to reinstate program components that were reduced or eliminated during the transition. In addition, we need support to purchase equipment (computers, copier, etc.) and services (i.e., marketing/outreach) to operate effectively.

Our primary need is to build a solid base of annual unrestricted support to meet the personnel and operating costs of our programs. Our operating (non-personnel) cost for the current fiscal year $183,000, while personnel costs total $347,000.

Secondarily, in 2017, the Nursery is beginning a long-range planning process to strategically build its program and resources and assess the feasibility of owning its own facility. We have operated from a rented residential home since the Nursery was established in 2001. While the house is a safe, accessible and nurturing place for children and families, it is small and costly to rent. As the scope of a capital campaign is determined, the support of institutional funders, organizations and individual donors will be needed to purchase a new home in a location and space best suited to serve our children and families. The cost and extent of a capital campaign feasibility study is to be determined.