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May 17, 2016

Sacramento Giving Day Beats Record Despite Tech Meltdown

With extended hours, Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving overcame the web failure that crippled online-fundraising events nationwide earlier this month to collect a record $7.1 million, reports The Sacramento Bee. The May 3 event benefiting 570 nonprofits in and around California’s capital ran for an additional 15 hours as a result of the glitch.

Kimbia, the Texas firm that provided software for community foundations participating in Give Local America, suffered major problems that delayed or shut down donation processing for hours during the national giving day. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation had set a $6 million goal for its event, after bringing in $5.6 million last year. “Together our community overcame obstacles and persevered,” said foundation CEO Linda Beech Cutler.

Read additional Chronicle coverage of the Give Local America meltdown and an opinion column on how foundations can avoid such disasters in the future.