Fairfield County’s Giving Day sets Feb. 1 nonprofit deadline

By Alexander Soule, CT Post

Nonprofits have until Feb. 1 to register for the fifth edition of Fairfield County’s Giving Day scheduled for the first day of March, with last year’s fundraiser generating nearly $1.5 million in donations for more than 400 area nonprofits.

To date this year, more than 280 nonprofits have registered to raise money on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, which is organized by the Norwalk-based Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with sponsors including Bank of America and Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Of last year’s donations, more than a third were by people making a contribution to that nonprofit for the first time — a key point for organizations looking to expand their sources of funding.

Nonprofits will be eligible to win an additional $100,000 in cash prizes for various milestones on Giving Day, to include leading fundraising in certain hours of the day. As the case last year, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is holding a “boot camp” on Feb. 1 to help nonprofits maximize their fundraising effectiveness on Giving Day, as well as webinars on varying topics leading up to the March 1 event.

In addition to Bank of America and Hearst Connecticut Media Group, other sponsors include Barrett Outdoor Communications; BlumShapiro; Chelsea Piers Connecticut; Cummings & Lockwood; Day Pitney; First County Bank; Moffly Media; News12 Connecticut; Neuberger Berman; Nikki Glekas Events; Sacred Heart University; Star 99.9 and 95.9 Fox; Webster Private Bank; and Whole Foods Market.

For information on donating, registering or sponsoring on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, visit fcgives.org, email fcgives@fccfoundation.org or call 203-750-3200.