Fairfield County Giving Day raises $745,000 for local nonprofits in only 24 hours in the first year of the online giving competition

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Arts and Environment organizations led the way in donations

NORWALK, CT — Arts and environment nonprofits were among the most successful organizations on Fairfield County Giving Day, an online 24-hour day of local giving on Friday, March 7.

In just one day, a total of 15,423 donations were received by local nonprofits totaling $618,229.64.

An additional $127,500 in prizes funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America and other corporate and community sponsors, were awarded to more than 50 nonprofits.

All combined, Fairfield County Giving Day raised $745,729.64 for more than 250 local nonprofits.

Curtain Call of Stamford was the big winner, taking home a $25,000 prize for the most individual donations received with 1,890 donations totaling $30,675. Curtain Call also won an additional $2,500 in smaller prizes throughout the day. The organization raised a total of $58,175 on Fairfield County Giving Day.

The top five nonprofits all received prizes ranging from $25,000 to $5,000:

Organization Town # of Donations Amount Raised Prize
Curtain Call Stamford 1,890 $30,675 $25,000
Rigefield Chorale Ridgefield 1,655 $19,030 $20,000
Domus Kids Stamford 1,020 $21,662 $15,000
Wildlife in Crisis Weston 645 $19,743 $10,000
FSW Bridgeport 562 $9,807 $5,000

A full list of all the participating nonprofits and how much they raised can be viewed online at www.FCGives.org.

Along with the major prizes, 55 nonprofits received a $1,000 match prize for being the first to raise $1,000 (A list of the $1,000 match winners is attached separately.)

In addition, $6,500 was awarded in special Early Bird prizes – awarded for donations raised by 10 a.m. - to the following nonprofits at a special launch event at the Norwalk Inn:

Organization Town Prize Name Prize Amount
Ridgefield Chorale Ridgefield 1st Most Donations Received $1,000
Silvermine Guild Artists New Canaan 1st Most Money Raised $1,000
Curtain Call Stamford 2nd Most Donations Received $750
Curtain Cal Stamford 2nd Most Money Raised $750
FSW Bridgeport 3rd Most Donations Received $500
Ridgefield Chorale Ridgefield 3rd Most Money Raised $500
FSW Bridgeport 100th Donation on Giving Day $500

STAR Inc. Lighting the Way of Norwalk, Staying Put in New Canaan and The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education of Stamford also won special $500 prizes at the giving day event.

“Our local nonprofits provide critical services in our community, and Fairfield County Giving Day was a great way to showcase their important work and help them raise funds that will allow them to do more,” said Juanita T. James, president & CEO, Fairfield County Community Foundation. “Thank you to all who contributed and supported this first year effort. Whether you donated to an arts organization in Stamford, a food bank in Bridgeport, a land trust in Danbury, an after school program in Norwalk or one of the many nonprofits in the other 19 towns in Fairfield County, you know that your gift has helped a local nonprofit.”

"More than 15,000 donations in only 24 hours is truly remarkable, and speaks volumes about the generosity of this community," said Bill Tommins, Bank of America Southern Connecticut market president. "These funds will have an immeasurable impact on high-performing nonprofits throughout Fairfield County, to the benefit of residents and visitors alike."

The inaugural year of Fairfield County Giving Day was not without its challenges. Throughout the day, the volume of donations coming in to the website www.FCGives.org exceeded all expectations. Delays, slow downs and a few interruptions in services were challenges faced by donors and organizations as they competed to win. Despite the challenges, thousands of local residents persisted in making their gifts and donated over $618,000 to local nonprofits.

Along with the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America, Fairfield County Giving Day was supported by the following sponsors: Hynes, Himmelreich, Glennon & Company; The TNS Group; Tauck; Cummings & Lockwood Foundation; Day Pitney; Neuberger Berman; Purdue Pharma; Moffly Media; TFI Envision; Hearst Media Services; Hersam Acorn and First County Bank.

Fairfield County Community Foundation
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish their own charitable funds or contribute to existing funds focused on specific areas of need or communities in Fairfield County. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond.

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Contacts:
Jeff Yates
Fairfield County Community Foundation
jyates@fccfoundation.org
203-750-3212

T.J. Crawford
Bank of America
tj.crawford@bankofamerica.com
646-855-3301

Websites: www.fccfoundation.org; www.bankofamerica.com

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