Fairfield County Giving Day raises $745,000 for local nonprofits in 24 hours

Arts and environment nonprofit organizations 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 $618,230.

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 $745,730 for more than 250 local nonprofits.

Theater group was big winner

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

Along with the major prizes, 55 nonprofits received a $1,000 match prize for being the first to raise $1,000. In addition, $6,500 was awarded in special Early Bird prizes — awarded for donations raised by 10 a.m.

Some online challenges

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 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 more than $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 (publisher of the Shelton Herald), and First County Bank.