Fairfield County’s Giving Day on March 10 exceeded all expectations. In just 24 hours, thousands of community members joined together to give nearly $1.25 million in support of 410 local nonprofits serving Fairfield County.
Initiated in 2014 by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with lead sponsor Bank of America, Giving Day is a 24-hour period when everyone in Fairfield County is encouraged to “give where you live” by going to FCGives.org and donating to participating local nonprofit organizations.
As region’s biggest philanthropic event, Giving Day empowered all of our community to make a difference. Community-wide events, nonprofit performances and a groundswell of support led to widespread buzz and excitement. This enthusiasm led to a 17% increase in giving from last year; and a 65% increase in giving from 2014. A total of $3,069, 284 has been raised from three years of Fairfield County’s Giving Days!
Forty nonprofits won cash prizes throughout the day, totaling $116,000. Curtain Call, Wildlife in Crisis, Kids Helping Kids and LifeBridge Community Services were among the top winners.
“Fairfield County Giving Day provided an easy way for every member of the community to make an impact where they live,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market president, Bank of America. “The tremendous support provided by residents of Fairfield County will enable our nonprofits to continue the great work they already do throughout the area.”
“For the third year, Giving Day proved to be a momentous day in our region. More than 11,000 community members were empowered to not only give, but also learn about the important programs happening in their own towns and cities,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Over 25% of donors were new and will hopefully continue to engage with these important nonprofits. We are just ecstatic at the outpouring of support. Thank you Fairfield County!”
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation wants you to know that your gift — whatever the size — made a difference. Fairfield County’s Giving Day lead sponsor Bank of America along with other champion sponsors such as Whole Foods Markets; Wiggin and Dana; Moffly Media; Deloitte; Neuberger Berman; Blum Shapiro; Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; TFI envision, Inc.; First County Bank; Cummings & Lockwood; Day Pitney; and media sponsors News 12 Connecticut; Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX helped to make this day a huge success.