“Big Day of Giving” offers opportunity to support local nonprofit programs

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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The following information describes Lincoln-based nonprofits participating in the Big Day of Giving, according to Heather Atherton of Atherton Public Relations.


Aly and Izy Foundation – Since 2009, the Aly & Izy Foundation has been dedicated to providing families of premature or critically ill infants requiring treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the Sacramento and surrounding areas, a resting place for families, conveniently located on hospital grounds. The RV 4 Preemies program provides an RV to families in need, free of charge.


Lincoln Community Foundation - The Lincoln Community Foundation's mission is to cultivate philanthropy and stewardship for today and tomorrow.


Fieldhaven Feline Center - FieldHaven Feline Rescue is an all-encompassing organization for animals and their people.


Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center - Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center serves all of Placer County since 2005. Its goal is to strengthen families and improve the physical and emotional well-being of residents by providing counseling, education, and easy access to community based services.


Lincoln Theatre Company - The Lincoln Theatre Company's mission is to provide a quality community-based adult and children's performing arts program of shows as well as theater-based educational and performance opportunities for children.  In addition, the company partnered with the city of Lincoln in an effort to seek funding for the restoration of the  Civic Auditorium to its place as a performing arts center and cultural hub.


St. Joseph Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society - The St. Joseph Lincoln conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) was founded in November 2003 to service the needs of the poor and those in need in Lincoln, Sheridan, Wheatland and Nicolaus.


Art League of Lincoln - The Art League of Lincoln was formed to “Celebrate, Create, Cultivate and Communicate the Arts” to the community of Lincoln and South Placer County through community involvement, events, education and art exhibits.


Lincoln Volunteer Center - The Lincoln Volunteer Center was created to mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community needs.



Donations made to local nonprofit organizations Tuesday could improve the quality of programs offered in Lincoln, according to nonprofit leaders participating in the annual Big Day of Giving.

On Tuesday, Lincoln residents can donate online to local charities during the annual event.

More than 100 communities across the country will participate in the 24-hour event with the hope of reaching millions of donors and raising funds for non-profits, according to

Locally, eight nonprofit organizations have signed up to participate in the event: the Aly & Izy Foundation, Art League of Lincoln, FieldHaven Feline Center, Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, the Lincoln Community Foundation, Lincoln Theatre Company, Lincoln Volunteer Center and St. Joseph Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society.

 Bob Romness, the Lincoln Volunteer Center executive director, said that this is the first year that eight local Lincoln nonprofits have joined together to help promote the Big Day of Giving.

“We’re all sharing marketing costs and support for each other’s vital organization and donors get to support whichever nonprofit is close to their heart,” Romness said. “It’s a great way to assure contributions stay local and make a difference in our community.”

Giving to the Lincoln Volunteer Center will help to continue volunteer recruitment and engagement in the community, provide no-cost fingerprinting for volunteers and help publicize the volunteer needs of other local organizations, Romness said.

Jean Cross, creative art director for the Art League of Lincoln, said the Art League of Lincoln is an organization “whose volunteers work thousands of hours” for their community. The Art League includes artists who appreciate art and community supporters.  In addition to holding art exhibits, the Art League is working to expand art in public places through community projects and through classes and events, according to Cross.

“We would love your support on May 5,” Cross said.

Donations made to the Lincoln Theatre Company will help support the nonprofit’s first children's summer workshop, according to Paul Schechter, the Lincoln Theatre Company president.

Monies received by Lincoln Theatre Company on the Big Day of Giving will be used to acquire lights, microphones and other equipment needed in the Lincoln theater, Schechter said.

“It is especially timely because we are about to announce our first children's workshop and show that will take place this summer,” Schechter said.

  The Big Day of Giving “is vital to area nonprofits who depend on donations to carry out the good work they do in the Lincoln community,” said Elizabeth Jansen, a Placer Community Foundation board member and Lincoln Community Foundation advisor.

The Placer Community Foundation spearheaded the Big Day of Giving for Placer County, according to Jansen.

“This event benefits Lincoln at large because the Lincoln Community Foundation and several other nonprofits involved in the Big Day of Giving are so integral to helping the nonprofits in our community,” Jansen said.

Signing up to participate in the Big Day of Giving is a commitment of time and energy for participating nonprofit organizations.

“This process has been in the works for months,” Jansen said.

Eileen Speaker, the Placer Community Foundation grants manager, said the collaborative outreach efforts of the Lincoln nonprofits participating in this year’s Big Day of Giving is “bringing awareness to the important work they do to make Lincoln a healthy, vibrant community.”

For information or to make an online donation on Tuesday, go to