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Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019 Launches New WHY I GIVE Video Contest

By Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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Norwalk, CT - Fairfield County’s Community Foundation announced the launch of the new Fairfield County’s Giving Day WHY I GIVE video contest to give nonprofits participating in Giving Day the opportunity to truly sizzle, spread their message and create awareness for their missions. In case raising over $1.4 million in 24 hours wasn’t exciting enough, the Community Foundation is determined to increase the momentum and excitement of this event even further. They have created an opportunity for nonprofits to shine even brighter and for you to help.

What’s your passion when it comes to giving back to the community? You are invited to share which Fairfield County nonprofit matters most to you by uploading a short video to your Facebook page and join the WHY I GIVE contest. The eligible video entry which receives the most “likes” on Facebook will receive a special $2,500 grant, courtesy of Bank of America, champion sponsor of Fairfield County’s Giving Day. The video contest will begin accepting entries this week as Fairfield County’s Community Foundation celebrates the sixth year of the region’s biggest day of philanthropy.

“Every video posted in the WHY I GIVE! contest will help raise awareness for our vibrant and vital community of local nonprofits participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day as we work together to give everyone in our region the opportunity to thrive. We can’t wait to actually see some of the donors who participate each year in Giving Day and hear them tell us why they give to their favorite local nonprofit. This is going to be fun…,” said Juanita T. James, President and CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation is excited to amplify local voices through the new ‘WHY I GIVE’ video contest, building heightened awareness and support for hundreds of vital local nonprofits that serve as the cornerstones of our communities.

Entering is easy. Here’s how WHY I GIVE works:

1. Using your smartphone or other video recorder, create a short video of 60 seconds or less sharing your heartfelt message about WHY YOU GIVE to your favorite local nonprofit participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019. Be sure to mention only ONE nonprofit per video. For a list of participating nonprofits,

2. Upload the video to your Facebook page and in the body of your post be sure to include the following tags and hashtag:
• Use the hashtag #WhyIGive19
• Tag the nonprofit you mention in your video if they are on Facebook
• Tag Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (@fccfoundation)

3. Spread the word! Get your Facebook fans and followers to “Like” your video. The video with the most likes will win!

Contest video submissions can be made from Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 12:00am ET through Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. The winner will be announced on Fairfield County’s Giving Day! Learn more and review the Official Rules at Fairfield County’s Giving Day starts at the stroke of midnight on February 28, 2019.

Fairfield County’s Giving Day was first initiated in 2014 by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to empower the nonprofit community and provide anyone the ability to participate in local philanthropy. Since its inception, nearly $6 million has been raised for 746 nonprofits. In just 24-hours last year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2018 raised $1.4 million for 416 nonprofits with 16,593 total gifts from 13,137 individual donors. It has also become an opportunity for many other nonprofits to join in the momentum established over the past five years and challenge their donors, new and old, to give as little as $10 to make a difference in the Fairfield County community.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with champion sponsor, Bank of America, for the sixth year in a row. Its dedication and the dedication of all of the Giving Day partners and sponsors to the greater community of nonprofits in Fairfield County helps to power the success of Giving Day. Additional sponsors include Giving Day’s Media Partner – Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Media Sponsors including Moffly Media; Star 99.9 and 95.9 the Fox; Hamlet Hub; Barrett Outdoor and News12 Connecticut; Neighborhood sponsors including NEWMAN’s OWN Foundation and Stop & Shop; Power Hour sponsor, The Jeniam Foundation and Town Square sponsors including Neuberger Berman; Webster Private Bank; Day Pitney; First County Bank and Insperity and Event sponsor, The Klein Memorial Auditorium.

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