$1,465,246 Raised for Over 410 Fairfield County Nonprofits on Giving Day

Mar 10, 2017

13,718 Donors Created This Remarkable Day of Giving

March 10, 2017, NORWALK, CT — With gratitude and appreciation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation announced that Fairfield County’s Giving Day significantly surpassed last year’s totals by raising $1,465,246 from 13,718 donors. Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and businesses from Fairfield County and beyond rallied together to give where they live and work! Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with champion sponsor Bank of America were Giving Day’s driving force for the fourth year in a row. Since Giving Day’s inception over $4.5 million dollars has been raised.

As the region’s biggest philanthropic event, Giving Day allowed the community to come together and make a difference. Over 410 nonprofits participated to raise much-needed funds and to increase awareness about the amazing work they do throughout the region.

“Nonprofit organizations are the cornerstones of our communities and supporting these groups is vital to creating a healthy economy in Southern Connecticut,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President, Bank of America.  “Bank of America is proud to be a part of the tremendous philanthropic movement that Fairfield County Giving Day inspires each year.”

The excitement of Giving Day began on March 9th at midnight.  13,718 Individuals went to FCGives.org and made donations of $10 or more to the nonprofit or cause close to their heart. In actuality, 17,359 individual donations in total were made. Then at the stroke of 11:59 pm Giving Day 2017 was over. The totals were tallied and the prize winners were determined. The top four organizations, representing different sectors in our nonprofit community, were as follows: Curtain Call, a performing theatre company in Stamford, raised $$105,048 in gifts and prizes, followed by human services, Norwalk-based Children & Family Services at $60,310 and Kids Helping Kids at $58,821 and Weston-based Wildlife in Crisis that raised $53, 002. Details of the top nonprofit fundraisers, donors and much more can be found at fcgives.org.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation initiated Giving Day to empower the community at large and encourage local philanthropy across the many avenues of need including hunger relief, access to housing, educational opportunities for youth and adults, animal welfare, access to arts and culture and so many more.

“At Fairfield County’s Community Foundation we live by our motto – Together, we thrive. And Thrive is exactly what we did when members of our community, nonprofit organizations and businesses united to achieve for the fourth year an outpouring of support for the people and places that are served so admirably by our nonprofit sector,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  “Giving Day 2017 is etched in our history for all the great work that can now be achieved through the generosity of the people and businesses of Fairfield County and beyond. We are truly humbled and deliriously happy.”

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation wants you to know that your gift – whatever the size –significantly helped our nonprofit community. In addition to Bank of America, Giving Day was supported by the generosity of media partner, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; champion sponsor, Whole Foods Market; magazine sponsor, Moffly Media; media sponsors, News 12 Connecticut, Barrett Outdoor, Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX and other Giving Day champions including TFI Envision, Day Pitney LLP, First County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Deloitte, Cummings & Lockwood, BlumShapiro, Neuberger Berman, Relyea Zuckerberg Hanson and Wealth Enhancement.

Carol Heller, Senior Vice President, Bank of America; Steve Soyland, Marketing & Promotions Director, Connoisseur CT Radio; Kevin Begley, Program Director, Star 99.9; Doreen Madden, Community Relations Manager, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; Juanita James, CEO & President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Dan Fortin, Regional Marketing Manager; Connie Leonard, Regional Marketing Manager; and Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president at Bank of America at the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Giving Day launch event at The Warehouse in Fairfield, CT. (Photo credit: The Corporate Image)

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

13420m2_fccflogo_rgb_lgFairfield 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 over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 46 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,600 retail financial centers, approximately 15,900 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with approximately 34 million active accounts and nearly 22 million mobile active users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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