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Big Day of Giving Boosts Local Non-Profits

This article appeared in the April 28, 2017 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Big Day of Giving Boosts Local Non-Profits

Explorit staff Lani Fulcher engages visitors in a hands-on science experience. Photo by Kirby Araullo.


By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise


This May 4th, be a force for good in our community by participating in Big Day of Giving and investing in a new hope for your favorite nonprofits. Big Day of Giving is a 24-hour charitable giving challenge that has raised over $16 million dollars for local organizations in the past few years.


Big Day of Giving aims to expand local philanthropy, highlight the excellent and critical work being done by local nonprofits and raise some much-need unrestricted funds so that work can continue. Explorit Science Center is excited to participate once again in Big Day of Giving with nearly 400 other nonprofits.


All donations made to Explorit or other participating organizations on May 4 will not only directly benefit their work, but will make them eligible for matching funds and cash prizes, so each donation can go even further! Plus, this year, donors can schedule their gifts in advance instead of waiting until May 4 by visiting


This year Explorit’s fundraising goal is $40,000 to help us invest in a new vehicle to expand our capacity to provide hands-on science programs at schools and community centers in 17 California counties. Explorit educators are constantly on the move, taking science exhibits and programs to classrooms and assembly rooms, often 50-100 miles away from our museum! Our aging fleet of cargo vans is in critical need of an update.


Consider giving to Explorit for this year’s Big Day of Giving to help achieve the goal of a new vehicle, help us continue to bring science education to where the kids and teachers need us and increase Explorit’s chances of winning cash prizes from the Big Day of Giving’s Incentive Pool. So have some fun with your giving and check out to see the full list of prizes that will be awarded.



Explorit’s coming events:


●      Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Find all the details at

●      Join Explorit at the 8th annual Tour de Cluck on Saturday, May 6. Visit for all the details!

●      Explorit returns to The Pence Gallery’s Art After Dark on Friday, May 5. Visit for all the details.

●      Save the date of Sunday, August 27 for Explorit’s annual end of summer Final Blast celebration, a full day of fun for the whole community!

●      Save your clean tin cans and toilet paper tubes for Explorit! We are almost out of one of our most popular Challenge Center building materials. You can help stock us up by saving your clean household items and bringing them to Explorit’s office at 3141 5th St. during our regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

●      Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!

●      Birthdays are fun with science at Explorit! Choose Super Birthday Party topics to make this a special event! Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.



Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit, or “like” us on Facebook at

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