Giving Day raises more than $1 million for nonprofits

Fairfield County’s second annual Giving Day held Thursday, March 5 raised a whopping $1,066,091 for nearly 400 Fairfield County nonprofits, thanks to 14,022 online donations and 13 business and foundation sponsorships.

Initiated last year by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24-hour period when everyone in Fairfield County is encouraged to “give where you live” by going to and donating to participating local nonprofit organizations.

“Our goal was to raise $1 million dollars in 24 hours for Fairfield County nonprofits,” said Juanita James, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “The outpouring of donations from Fairfield County residents with the cash prize sponsorships from our generous business community exceeded our goal. Thank you to everyone who participated.”

Twenty-eight nonprofits won cash prizes throughout the day. The prizes were funded by lead sponsor Bank of America and other Fairfield County business and foundation sponsors. All combined, Fairfield County’s Giving Day raised $1,066,091 for 386 nonprofits serving Fairfield County.

Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America, said: “Giving Day not only demonstrated the generosity of our community, it helped cultivate a new generation of donors. This support will help local nonprofits continue to deliver the vital services they provide throughout Fairfield County.”

Curtain Call and Wildlife in Crisis were the two top winners. Donations and cash prizes totaled $82,203 for Curtain Call and $76,890 for Wildlife in Crisis.

Top 10 Nonprofits by Money Raised

Curtain Call, Stamford: $82,203

Wildlife in Crisis, Weston: $76,890

Music on the Hill, Weston: $53,275

Domus Kids, Inc., Stamford: $38,481

Cardinal Shehan Center, Bridgeport: $16,515

Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, Newtown: $13,936

Childcare Learning Centers, Stamford: $13,540

Adopt-A-Dog Inc., Greenwich: $13,330

Family & Children’s Agency, Norwalk: $12,595

Stamford Center for the Arts/The Palace Theater, Stamford” $11,869

Top 10 Nonprofits by Number of Donations

Curtain Call Stamford 1,160

Domus Kids, Inc. Stamford 446

The Ridgefield Chorale Ridgefield 400

Wildlife In Crisis Weston 327

Music on the Hill Weston 323

Family & Children’s Agency Norwalk 258

Ben’s Bells Project Newtown 200

Ben’s Lighthouse Newtown 186

SoundWaters Stamford 183

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) Bethel 182

As for cash prize winners, four nonprofits received the top prizes totaling $70,000 for the most unique donors and the most dollars raised:

Most Unique Donors

Curtain Call Stamford 1,890 $25,000

Music on the Hill Weston 1,655 $15,000

Most Dollars Raised

Wildlife in Crisis Weston $21,662 $20,000

Domus Kids, Inc. Stamford $19,744 $10,000

Twenty nonprofits each received $1,000 as the first to receive 25 unique donations of $25 or more:

Amos House, Inc. Danbury

Center for Contemporary Printmaking Norwalk

Curtain Call Stamford

Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) Bethel

Daniel Trust Foundation Bridgeport

Family & Children’s Agency Norwalk

Music on the Hill Weston

Music Theatre of Connecticut, Inc. Norwalk

Pequot Library Southport

Ridgefield Chorale Ridgefield

Ridgefield Theater Barn Ridgefield

Scholarship America Stamford

Silvermine Guild of Artists, Inc. New Canaan

SoundWaters Stamford

Stamford Center for the Arts/The Palace Theatre Stamford

STAR, Inc. Norwalk

Strays & Others, Inc. New Canaan

TAILS – The Alliance In Limiting Strays Westport

Westport Country Playhouse Westport

Wildlife In Crisis Weston

Power Hours

Four $1,000 cash prizes were awarded for nonprofits with the most unique donors during power hours throughout Giving Day. In addition, two random $1,000 prize drawings took place for all nonprofits that received donations during two of the power hours:

Curtain Call (2) Stamford

Greenwich Alliance for Education Greenwich

Liberation Programs, Inc. Norwalk

Ridgefield Chorale (2) Ridgefield


Three $500 cash prizes were awarded by drawings during a Home Stretch Celebration last night:

Child Advocates of Connecticut Norwalk

Inspirica, Inc. Stamford

The Newtown Foundation Newtown

Giving Day Facebook Photo Contest

Three prizes were awarded to winners of the Giving Day Facebook photo contest:

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Newtown $1,000

STAR, Inc. Norwalk $500

Fairfield Theater Company Fairfield $250

A list of all participating nonprofits and how much they raised is posted on

Total dollars raised by town

Fairfield County Giving Day 2015, total dollars raised (by town), # of participating nonprofits, dollars raised:

Bethel 5 $11,950

Bridgeport 47 $120,156

Brookfield 4 $865

Danbury 26 $34,513

Darien 11 $16,965

Fairfield 24 $28,531

Greenwich 31 $59,810

New Canaan 17 $32,009

New Fairfield 2 $760

New Milford 1 $1,157

Newtown 15 $39,651

Norwalk 46 $95,922

Redding 3 $4,580

Ridgefield 22 $60,455

Shelton 2 $656

Stamford 61 $292,516

Stratford 4 $1,275

Trumbull 5 $6,421

Weston 3 $130,225

Westport 31 $62,433

Wilton 15 $16,565

“Fairfield County’s Giving Day isn’t just about raising money for local nonprofits, it’s also about raising awareness that you can make a real impact right here in Fairfield County,” said Juanita James. “Nearly four hundred local nonprofits working in areas like the arts, education, youth development, housing, animal welfare, and more were able to showcase their important work and raise funds that will allow them to do more. Thank you to all who answered our call to ‘give where you live.’”

Along with Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Giving Day was supported by Deloitte, HHG, Cummings and Lockwood, Day Pitney, First County Bank, Neuberger Berman, Purdue Pharma, Tauck, The TNS Group, WEBE 108, Moffly Media and News Channel 12.

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

Fairfield County residents were encouraged to “give where you live” during the 24 hours of Giving Day, including at this donation station at a Home Stretch Celebration last Thursday, March 5, in Stamford.

Fairfield County residents were encouraged to “give where you live” during the 24 hours of Giving Day, including at this donation station at a Home Stretch Celebration last Thursday, March 5, in Stamford.

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