Fairfield County GIVING Day Aids Local Nonprofits

Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America to Launch Fairfield County Giving Day

March 7 online day of giving seeks to raise $1 Million for local nonprofits

Register your nonprofit HERE.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America are launching a new, innovative way to help Fairfield County residents support the important work of local nonprofits. Fairfield County Giving Day, an online 24-hour day of giving, set for Friday, March 7, hopes to raise $1 Million for more than 300 nonprofits throughout the region.

During the 24-hour period, donors are encouraged to make online donations to organizations doing work in areas critical to the community – from housing to education to the arts and more. $25,000 will be awarded to the nonprofit receiving the most individual donations, and other incentives and matching gifts will also be awarded.

"Our local nonprofits provide critical services in our community, and Fairfield County Giving Day is 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. "Whether you support a food bank in Fairfield, a land trust in Redding or an after school program in Greenwich, you'll know that your gift is helping a local nonprofit. Your $10 gift could help that organization secure a much larger grant."

Fairfield County Giving Day is open to all eligible nonprofits organizations Fairfield County. Information on how to register your nonprofit or how you can support this community event is available online at www.fccfoundation.org.

"Every day hundreds of organizations across Fairfield County are engaged in the yeoman's work of improving the quality of life for local residents," said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America. "Whether your heart is in the arts or serving the homeless, Fairfield County Giving Day gives every resident the opportunity to build stronger connections with the broader community and support the work of these important nonprofits."

In the last few years, giving days have become one of the most effective ways to galvanize an entire community to take action and make a donation. These online initiatives create excitement around charitable giving, help nonprofits strengthen their online fundraising skills and make it easy for people living in the community to show their support. During its recent giving day, The Great Give 2013, the New Haven Community Foundation helped raise over $750,000 for its local nonprofits in a 36-hour period.

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.

For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By partnering with our stakeholders, we create value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. As part of these efforts, employee volunteers across the company contribute their time, passion and expertise to address issues in communities where they live and work. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

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