What is Big Day of Giving?
Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour online giving challenge that brings together the region’s nonprofit community to help raise much needed funds and shine a spotlight on the work nonprofits do to make the Sacramento region the place we call home. The Big Day of Giving is organized and hosted by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and its affiliates.
Why is this day of fundraising so important?
Participating in Big Day of Giving gives our small, volunteer-run non-profit access to support and training beyond our own resources.
The Winters Friends of the Library(WFoL) collaborates with local business and groups to hold special events on this day to celebrate and showcase our programs, volunteers, and donors who support lifelong learning and the Winters Community Library. Participation in a regional event has allowed us to raise our visibility and to bring new skills back to our community.
WFoL raises critical dollars in this 24-hour period and builds new awareness and support for creating impactful opportunities to support our mission:
Winters Friends of the Library is a volunteer support group whose purpose is to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, enhance the cultural life of the community, and encourage involvement in the library and its programs.
Each year we have particpated in the Big Day of Giving, our generous donors helped us meet and surpass our goals!
What is our goal for 2018? Opening Door to Opportunties
Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 to fund library support and a wide array of Winters Friends of the Library Programs.
Since 1985 the Winters Friends of the Library has met needs and creatively work to open doors for opportunities to serve all members of our community.
Sometimes that has literally meant keeping the doors of the library open and helping to build a new library with better and bigger doors.
Sometimes it mean opening doors to access technology, the actual computers and laptops, or the better broadband that can be accessed at the library when it’s open, and beyond library walls after hours. Have you seen the parking lot on evenings and weekends? For many people, free wifi access is crucial for their ability to apply for jobs, college, or access information they need to improve their lives.
Often it means opening doors to a love of reading and ways for people to have, hold, and enjoy books and book related activities.
Other times it means opening doors to new cultural and lifelong learning experiences that enrich the lives of people in our community and may spark a hobby or career opportunities.
Sometimes it means opening doors to volunteering opportunities that lead to learning, new friendships, and collaboration with other organizations and businesses in our community.
And often it means opening doors to creativity and transformation that results from bringing a community together to work and play on something bigger than themselves to make things better for future generations.
When is Big Day of Giving?
The Big Day of Giving will take place during a 24-hour period on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Starting at midnight, donations will be accepted through bigdayofgiving.org with a goal to inspire and unite our community in supporting hundreds of local nonprofits.
Matching Donations and Grants can be secured offline before May 3 and used to encourage donations on May 3.
MatchingFunds: Thank You Match Donors!
Matching funds are an exciting way to increase the impact of your donation and to encourage others to donate. If you would like to join the Leadership Circle to contribute to matching funds contact WFoL President, Sally Brown at email@example.com
How Do You Donate?
Are you worried about remembering to donate during the 24 hours, or not being in town? Not to worry,
Starting on April 18, you may schedule a donation in advance to be charged in the first hour on May 3 at www.bigdayofgiving.org/wfol
Starting at midnight May 3, donate online at bigdayofgiving.org/wfol
Need a Reminder?
Would you like a text reminder to donate to Winters Friends of the Library for Big Day of Giving?
Sign up now to receive a text message on Big Day of Giving May 3, 2018 to donate.
Chance(s) to Win a Special Donor Thank you and Incentive
WFoL provides an additional incentive to those who donate to us on the Big Day of Giving. This year donors will have a chance to win a basket of goodies from WFoL and our community partners.
Each $25 donation to WFoL within the 24 hour period receives a virtual chance to win one of two baskets. If you donate $25 – you get one virtual raffle ticket. If you donate $100 – you have 4 chances to win. If you give $1000 – well, you can do the math!
Details for the 2018 basket contents will be released in mid- April. ! Make sure you are on our newsletter list.
Join us for a Donation Celebration at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room on May 3, 2018.
Join us at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room at 15 Main Street from 5-9 pm to sip, support, and share to encourage as many donations as possible. Donate and watch our place on the leaderboard, encourage others to donate, and be a part of the exciting evening WFoL Big Day headquarters and celebrate coming together to create more opportunities for everyone in our community. We appreciate Berryessa Gaps ongoing support of our mission and our Big Day of Giving efforts since 2014. Click here to see photos from our 2015 event.
Help Us Win Big for Winters!
One strategy that we know works is to give as early as possible, and then spread the word to encourage others to give.
One of the benefits of participating in Big Day of Giving is the chance to win prizes and booster dollars. Click here to go to the Big Day of Giving website for details and rules.
Please refer to the main website at www.bigdayofgiving.org for general questions about how Big Day of Giving works.
Please contact Crystal Apilado, chair of the WFoL Big Day of Giving committee for more information or how you can participate. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Help us show, once again, that our Winters community is small but mighty and that we open doors to opportunities for all members of our community!