Give Where You Live: Support local nonprofits

givingdayThe second annual Fairfield County Giving Day is today (Thursday, March 5), with the goal of raising $1 million for 400 local nonprofits, all in just 24 hours via online donations at

Everyone is encouraged to participate in Giving Day — families, friends, businesses, employee groups, clubs, individuals. It’s easy to give: Visit during the 24 hours of Thursday, March 5, and search for favorite local nonprofits and causes (such as education, animal welfare, stopping hunger) and donate online. Even gifts as small as $10 can make a difference; a perfect way for kids to give back.

What’s more, every donation, no matter the amount, will help the 400 participating local nonprofits compete for 30 cash prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000. These additional awards are funded by lead sponsor Bank of America, sponsoring businesses, other institutions and individual donors.

The money raised on Giving Day is much needed. National research conducted in 2014 by the Nonprofit Finance Fund found 78% of Connecticut nonprofits saw a significant increase in demand for their services in 2013 yet, due to reduced contributions, 57% were unable to meet that demand.

Giving Day was inaugurated last year by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with lead sponsor Bank of America. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families, businesses and groups, a very welcome $750,000 was donated to Fairfield County nonprofits.

“A jump to one million dollars this year would be tremendous,” said Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Giving Day is a fun and easy way to involve families, friends, colleagues and businesses in giving back to their community.”

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring Giving Day or learning more may visit

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

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