Giving Day raises $745,000 for charities

Arts and environment nonprofits were among the most successful organizations on Fairfield County Giving Day, an online 24-hour day of local giving on March 7.

In just one day, a total of 15,423 donations were received by local nonprofits totaling $618,229.64. An additional $127,500 in prizes funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors, were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits. All combined, Fairfield County Giving Day raised $745,729.64 for more than 250 local nonprofits.

Giving Day was not without its challenges. Throughout the day, the volume of donations coming in to the FCGives.org website exceeded all expectations. Delays, slow-downs and a few interruptions in services were challenges faced by donors and organizations as they competed to win. Despite the challenges, thousands of local residents persisted in making their gifts and donated more than $618,000 to local nonprofits.

A full list of all the participating nonprofits and how much they raised may be viewed at FCGives.org.

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