Fairfield nonprofits have until Feb. 13 to register for Giving Day

Fairfield nonprofit organizations have until Feb. 13 to register for participation in the second annual Fairfield County Giving Day. Set for March 5, Giving Day is a 24-hour period of online donations (through FCGives.org) that aims to raise $1 million for local nonprofits. Nonprofits may register to participate at FCGives.org. Registration closes Feb. 13.

Fairfield nonprofits registered to date include: The Fairfield County Chorale, Inc.; Fairfield Museum and History Center; Fairfield Theatre Company; Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras; Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield County, Inc.; and Operation Hope of Fairfield, Inc.

Initiated last year by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day encourages individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups to “give where you live” and support Fairfield County nonprofits. Bank of America is the lead sponsor.

“We encourage all nonprofits to participate in Giving Day,” Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, said. “It offers a unique opportunity for them to engage their supporters, increase their visibility, attract new donors and raise much-needed funds.”

On last year’s Giving Day, 9,211 online donors gave more than $620,000 to 267 Fairfield County nonprofits – all in just 24 hours. An additional $127,500 in cash prizes funded by the Community Foundation, lead sponsor Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits.

All combined, the 2014 Fairfield County Giving Day raised $750,000.

“The inaugural Fairfield County Giving Day not only demonstrated the generosity of thousands of local residents, it also cultivated a new generation of donors,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “In 2015, we hope to exceed the high bar that has been set, and further support our local nonprofits and the vital services they provide to our community.” Bank of America is generously serving as lead sponsor again in 2015.

James added: “Giving Day invites those who love Fairfield County to come together in just one day and make an incredibly powerful impact on our community. We look forward to much success in our second year of this very special event.”

Additional information about Giving Day may be found at FCGives.org. Essentially, anyone with a credit/debit card and Internet access may contribute; the minimum donation is $10. Matching funds and sponsor-contributed cash prizes amplify charitable donations, ignite spirited competition, and build momentum throughout the 24 hours.

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring Giving Day can learn more at FCGives.org or call the Community Foundation at 203-750-3200.

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