Fairfield County Giving Day raises $745,000 for local nonprofits

In a flash a non-profit fund-raiser lasting only 24 hours on March 7, raised more than $745,000 for local nonprofits.

In the online giving competition, called Fairfield County Giving Day, arts and environment organizations led the way in donations. Prizes were funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors. All combined, Fairfield County Giving Day raised $745,729.64 for more than 250 local nonprofits.

The Greenwich-based non-profits that benefited were Neighbor to Neighbor, Adopt-A-Dog, the Bruce Museum, Greenwich Green and Clean, the Avon Theatre Film Center, Inc., Family Centers, Community Centers, the Greenwich Arts Council, the Greenwich Historical Society, the Greenwich Ballet Academy, Abilis, the Mianus River Watershed Council Inc. and the YMCA.

The top five nonprofits all received prizes ranging from $25,000 to $5,000. A full list of all the participating nonprofits and how much they raised can be viewed online at Fcgives.org. Along with the major prizes, 55 nonprofits received a $1,000 match prize for being the first to raise $1,000.

In addition, $6,500 was awarded in special Early Bird prizes for donations raised by 10 a.m. to the following nonprofits at a special launch event at the Norwalk Inn.

“Our local nonprofits provide critical services in our community, and Fairfield County Giving Day was a great way to showcase their important work and help them raise funds that will allow them to do more,”  Juanita James, president & CEO, Fairfield County Community Foundation said. “Thank you to all who contributed and supported this first year effort. Whether you donated to an arts organization in Stamford, a food bank in Bridgeport, a land trust in Danbury, an after school program in Norwalk or one of the many nonprofits in the other 19 towns in Fairfield County, you know that your gift has helped a local nonprofit.”

“More than 15,000 donations in only 24 hours is truly remarkable, and speaks volumes about the generosity of this community,” said Bill Tommins, Bank of America Southern Connecticut market president. “These funds will have an immeasurable impact on high-performing nonprofits throughout Fairfield County, to the benefit of residents and visitors alike.”

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