Nonprofits to Vie for $100,000 in Giving Day 2018 Prizes

Jan 11, 2018

Registration for Nonprofits Closes on February 1st!

(Norwalk, Conn.) For many nonprofit organizations, Giving Day is their annual opportunity to shine and raise much needed funds to support their missions. Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, the Fifth Annual Giving Day on March 1st is guaranteed to once again be an inspiring day of philanthropy in Fairfield County benefiting a host of nonprofits. As the February 1st deadline for registration is quickly approaching the Community Foundation is reaching out to nonprofits throughout Fairfield County to join the fun and reap the rewards. Already over 280 nonprofits have registered!

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is the impetus for the 23 cities and towns in the region and beyond to unite as a community and truly make an impact in a short 24 hours. The Community Foundation initiated Giving Day in 2014 to empower the community at large and encourage local philanthropy. Amazingly, last year’s Giving Day raised nearly $1.5 million in 24 hours for 414 nonprofits from a total of 13,718 total donations. A donation of as little as $10 can drive a nonprofit to reap the rewards of thousands of dollars in prizes.

Throughout Fairfield County, Giving Day has become known as the day “to give where you live” and helping causes ranging from a vast array of human services including hunger relief, mental health support services and access to housing; educational opportunities for youth and adults; animal welfare; access to arts and culture; women and girls empowerment; support for seniors; environmental initiatives and so many more.  Nonprofits of all interests and sizes participate.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation makes it easy for nonprofits to participate. By registering for Giving Day 2018 now, nonprofits will be able to take advantage of the Community Foundation’s vast resources for fundraising success offered through online courses and workshops held by the Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence and led by its team of experts. A BOOTCAMP FOR BEGINNERS will be held on February 1st, as well as the opportunity to participate in POWER LUNCH Webinars and much more.

All nonprofit organizations throughout the region are invited to join in this incredible educational opportunity on how to secure donations, effectively reach new supporters and increase awareness of their mission. Participants will learn specific steps to take to create stories for their Giving Day campaign and beyond. They also receive a toolkit, instruction videos and free online resources.

The Community Foundation is proud to partner with lead sponsor Bank of America for the fifth 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 champion sponsors include Media Partner – Hearst Connecticut Media Group; Moffly Media; Star 99.9 and 95.9 Fox; Barrett Outdoor Communications; News12 Connecticut; Whole Foods; Sacred Heart University Master of Public Administration; Neuberger Berman; Webster Private Bank; BlumShapiro; Cummings & Lockwood LLC; Day Pitney; First County Bank; Nikki Glekas Events and Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

“We encourage all nonprofit organizations to register now and join us on March 1st for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2018. As a result of the community’s enthusiasm and generosity over the past four years, we made impactful contributions to our neighbors by raising over $4.5 million for more than 600 nonprofits,” stated Juanita James, President and CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  “We are delighted that Bank of America is joining us for the fifth year in a row as the lead sponsor. We could not offer this meaningful day of giving without its generosity and the commitment of our media partner Hearst Media Connecticut, all of our media champions and our corporate community sponsors and devotees.”

The challenge is on and the excitement has begun!  Nonprofit organizations can register today at REMINDER: Deadline for registration is February 1st. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Carole Schwartz, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager at 203.750.3224. 

Giving Day 2018 Prizes
The challenge is on for $100,000 in Giving Day prizes! Lead sponsor, Bank of America’s team with Juanita James, President and CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, celebrating at last year’s Giving Day kickoff event. REMEMBER – the deadline to register for Fairfield County’s Giving Day is February 1st at .

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield 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 $220 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.

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About Bank of America

At Bank of America, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is critical to fulfilling our core purpose of making people’s financial lives better. A commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company, from our policies and practices to our services, products, governance and employee benefits. An important part of that commitment is forming strong partnerships across sectors, including nonprofit organizations serving community needs, bringing our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. We’re proud of our employees’ volunteer efforts, support of diversity and inclusion, and environmental and social responsibility. Across our company, we’re focused on simplifying banking and investing, advancing better money habits and making an impact in communities around the world. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_News.