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Norwalk Nonprofits Invited To Register For Giving Day

Juanita T. James
Juanita T. James Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. – Registration is open for the third annual Fairfield County Giving Day, to be held March 10, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has announced.

Giving Day encourages individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups to “give where you live” in support of local nonprofits.

“The excitement and enthusiasm for Giving Day is contagious,” says the Community Foundation’s President and CEO Juanita T. James. “Now in our third year, we’ve seen more and more community members and nonprofits engage in this incredible day of giving. As the region’s Community Foundation, our goal is to increase local philanthropy and uplift the important programs impacting all of our neighborhoods and neighbors. Giving Day is a fun, effective and inclusive way to help accomplish that goal.”

Nonprofits may visit FCGives.org to register. Organizations that register by Dec. 16 will be entered into a $1,000 grant drawing.

Fairfield County’s Giving Day has become a giving phenomenon since it began three years ago. Over $1,000,000 was raised just this year, in only 24 hours for 386 nonprofits. This represents a 41 percent increase in donations and 45 percent increase in nonprofit participation from the previous year.

Bank of America is the event’s champion sponsor for the third year in a row.

“Fairfield County Giving Day provides a great opportunity for our community to come together to support over 400 nonprofits in our region,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. “In 2016, we challenge ourselves to raise even more funds, paving the way for our nonprofits to provide additional impact.”

Anyone with a credit/debit card and Internet access may contribute $10 or more over the 24-hour fund-raising marathon. Matching funds and sponsor-contributed cash prizes amplify charitable donations, create friendly competition and build momentum throughout the fundraiser.

Additional information about Fairfield County’s Giving Day may be found at FCGives.org .

Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring Giving Day can learn more at the website or by calling the Norwalk-based Community Foundation at 203-750-3200.

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