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On February 28, 430 Fairfield County Nonprofits Will Appeal to Your Kindness

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is Just A Few Days Away

Uniting the community to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors is the goal of Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019. In just a few days, the region’s largest and most exciting and impactful philanthropic event will take place.  At the stroke of midnight on February 28th and for the next 24 hours, 430 nonprofits throughout the region will be reaching out to you seeking to encourage your donations, create awareness about the amazing work they do and compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.  

Powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day 2019 is celebrating its sixth year and has become an annual opportunity when a donation of as little as $10 benefits nonprofits across the region.  Fairfield County nonprofits provide a safety net for our most vulnerable residents, increase access to housing and educational opportunities for youth and adults, enrich Fairfield County with arts and culture and much more.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with champion sponsor Bank of America and a host of partners and sponsors, are Giving Day’sdriving forces. “Fairfield County Giving Day is an incredible opportunity to unite our neighbors, colleagues and partners to benefit local nonprofits,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut Market President, Bank of America.  “As a proud sponsor since its inception, Bank of America is committed to supporting hundreds of vital organizations that serve as the cornerstones of our communities.”

The excitement of Giving Day officially begins on February 28th, when individuals go to FCGives.org and make donations of $10 or more to the nonprofit or cause closest to their heart. Giving Day is a unique opportunity for every one of us to do something good for the community and our neighbors.

As a result of the community’s enthusiasm and generosity over the past five years, Fairfield County Giving Day has raised nearly $6 million for more than 746 nonprofits. “We have only a few short days to go until Giving Day 2019! The countdown is on and it is thrilling! The Community Foundation, the incredible nonprofit participants, our outstanding partners and sponsors in the business and media communities and all the individuals who care about our community and donate to their favorite causes make this day a whirlwind of possibilities,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “Giving Day is truly that one special day when we all unite for a greater good. Remember, together we thrive!” 

If you can’t wait until February 28th to help your favorite nonprofit, you have until 11:59 pm ET on February 22, 2019 to enter the WHY I GIVE! Contest by creating a video and help your favorite nonprofits today. Entering is easy. Here’s how WHY I GIVE works:

1.     Using your smartphone or other video recorder, create a short video of 60 seconds or less sharing your heartfelt message about WHY YOU GIVE to your favorite local nonprofit participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019. Be sure to mention only ONE nonprofit per video. For a list of participating nonprofits, http://www.FCGives.org.

2.     Upload the video to your Facebook page and in the body of your post be sure to include the following tags and hashtag:
• Use the hashtag #WhyIGive19
• Tag the nonprofit you mention in your video if they are on Facebook
• Tag Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (@fccfoundation)

3.     Spread the word! Get your Facebook fans and followers to “Like” your video. The video with the most likes will win!

The eligible video entry which receives the most “likes” on Facebook will receive a special $2,500 grant, courtesy of Bank of America.

Giving Day 2019’s partners and sponsors join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s fundraising 24-hour marathon to empower the community at large and encourage local philanthropy. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with champion sponsor, Bank of America, for the sixth year in a row. Giving Day’s Media Partner – Hearst Connecticut Media Group and media sponsors including Moffly Media; Star 99.9 and 95.9 the Fox; Hamlet Hub; Barrett Outdoor and News12 Connecticut; Neighborhood sponsors including NEWMAN’s OWN Foundation and Stop & Shop; Power Hour sponsor, The Jeniam Foundation and Town Square sponsors including Neuberger Berman; Webster Private Bank; Day Pitney; First County Bank and Insperity and Event sponsors, The Klein Memorial Auditorium, Source Coffeehouse and Ratatouille & Co are dedicated to the greater community of nonprofits in Fairfield County and powers the success of Giving Day. 

With over $100,000 in prizes at stake for Fairfield County’s Giving Day 2019, everyone is encouraged to visit FCGives.org, again and again, to help their favorite nonprofit win and win BIG. Fairfield County, get ready to “give where you live”! Your gift – whatever the size – will help nonprofits. Set your alarm for midnight on February 28th and tell your family, friends and co-workers to join us!

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