big day of giving

Big Day of Giving is an important philanthropic event coordinated by the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation that centers on the idea that individuals can make a difference in our community.

Because of your generosity over the past year, the Pence has remained a strong community space for the arts. We are so proud of everything that you’ve helped us accomplish, and we couldn’t have done it without you! With your support, we have:
  • We coordinated 20 exhibits of contemporary art by 370 artists 
  • Invited artists and art historians from the area to talk on their own work and process, in 9 free talks, on topics ranging from figurative painting to indigenous art, which reached 310 people locally and globally through Zoom
  • Revitalized the 2nd Friday ArtAbout event, welcoming hundreds back to downtown Davis monthly, and stablished funding for its growth and the support of local artists, musicians, and businesses
  • Offered free admission to almost 17,000 visitors to view our diverse art exhibits
  • Welcomed the return of our onsite ArtSmart school program after Covid, serving 531 students 
  • Grew our outreach school program in Winters and Woodland to include an additional 858 students offsite, and 510 students received free pastels sets to continue their learning at home after the hands-on art lesson
  • Expanded the Healing Arts Program to include additional one-time sessions for more participants
  • Mentored five interns, providing them with valuable skills and experiences in the arts
  • Planned a return of our family program in summer 2023 
These programs take time, planning, and funding to ignite them. To continue this level of community involvement, we need your help. We hope to raise $22,000 through the Big Day of Giving on May 4th.
A little help from you today can help us make a large impact tomorrow. Donations from $15 to $10,000 are tax deductible, and each contribution qualifies us for cash prizes! To help us build community through the arts, donate online through on May 4 from midnight to 11:59 PM. Early gifts can also be scheduled online beginning April 20th.
Your donations will go even further because we have THREE amazing matching donors this year:
$2,500 by Wil Uecker & Karen Fess-Uecker

$1,000 by Stephanie Kocsik & Mike Crump
$1,000 by Amina Harris
Members may be more comfortable mailing in or dropping off a check at the Pence on or before May 4. Please note clearly on your check that the donation is for Big Day of Giving. These donations are separate from Pence membership purchases/renewals.
Thank you for all that you do for the Pence, the arts, and for our community!