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Today is Fairfield County's Giving Day 2020

By Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

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Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2020 started at the stroke of midnight this morning, February 27th! This is Fairfield County’s leading philanthropic day of the year, when each of us has the chance to feel empowered, knowing you are making a difference in your community, while supporting causes nearest and dearest to your heart! It’s a 24-hour marathon of giving and this year, Fairfield County is celebrating its 7th annual Giving Day. The clock is ticking and you have only a few hours left to go to, search for the nonprofits you want to support and consider donating. There are over 400 organizations registered on the site. And, for as little as $10, you can make a difference to any one of the participating nonprofits, Your gift – whatever the size – will help nonprofits compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes ranging from $500 to $20,000.

Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2020 is a dynamic 24-hour online fundraising event powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation that began in 2014. Over the past 6 years, Giving Day has raised over $7.6 million for more 1,100 nonprofits. Each year, nonprofits participate to boost funding and create awareness about the amazing work they do throughout the region. They utilize every dollar you donate.

Fairfield County nonprofits are the backbone of the community. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation strives to close the opportunity gap by fostering a vital and inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive while promoting philanthropy as a means to create lasting change in Fairfield County. With each of their nonprofit partners, you need to know that the organizations you support today on Giving Day play a pivotal role in creating a vibrant, thriving region and offer opportunities across the county.

You need to know that right here, in Fairfield County, 40% of our residents who are housing cost burdened and nearly one-third of Fairfield County adults reported that they are just getting by or finding it difficult to manage financially. 90,000 residents are struggling to find their next meal and 13% of children live in food insecure households relying on nonprofits for assistance. Nonprofits also help bolster cultural programs, strengthen our schools, shelter the homeless, train the unemployed, protect our environment, and so much more.

What’s truly amazing about Giving Day is that it’s an opportunity for each one of us to do something positive for our community. “If you’ve ever had a dream of how you could make a difference in your community, you will understand how important Giving Day has become to our nonprofit community and your neighbors. Seven years ago, Giving Day was that dream for the Community Foundation. Today, that dream is an annual day of hope for nonprofits throughout our region. We know, collectively, we can and will, in just one day, change lives. Our nonprofit partners’ need grows and their resources are significantly stretched,” said Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “You have truly inspired us over the past six years. Please inspire us again and show us you care. We need each and every one of our community members throughout Fairfield County and their friends, colleagues, and families to act generously from the heart.The impact we can make today for the people and places of Fairfield County is vital because… together we thrive!”

In 2020, Bank of America, back again for the seventh year in a row, as Giving Day’s champion sponsor, is helping to empower all community members to participate in philanthropy by encouraging local giving to nonprofits, serving the 23 towns and cities of Fairfield County. “Once a year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day presents an opportunity for us to partner with our neighbors to generate funds for area nonprofits that serve our communities,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “Bank of America is proud to sponsor Fairfield’s County Giving Day and we are humbled by the support and generosity shown by individuals in our communities toward the nonprofits that provide critical services in our hometowns and throughout the region.”

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is made possible through generous contributions from local businesses and individuals. Thededication of all of the Giving Day partners and sponsors to the greater community of nonprofits in Fairfield County helps to fuel the success of Giving Day each year. In addition to Bank of America, Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2020 sponsors include County Sponsors – Hearst Connecticut Media Group and Bridgeport Sound Tigers; Media Sponsors include Moffly Media; Star 99.9; 95.9 THE FOX; WICC 600; WEBE 108; Barrett Outdoor and News12 Connecticut; Neighborhood sponsors – Newman’s Own Foundation; Bridgewater; Barbara Benton Davis Fund and Herbert B. West Award Fund; Power Hour sponsors – The Jeniam Foundation, Band Central, and Town Square sponsors – Neuberger Berman; Webster Private Bank; Day Pitney; Albourne Partners and the Event sponsor – Pinstripes, all of whom are dedicated to the greater community of nonprofits in Fairfield County and power the Giving Day’s success.

Giving Day 2020’s partners and sponsors join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s fundraising 24-hour marathon to empower you and the community at large and encourage local philanthropy. TODAY, go to and choose to “Give Where You Live!” Fairfield County! Fairfield County’s Giving Day ends promptly at 11:59 pm ET, tonight, February 27th!

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