The Great Give raises nearly $1.3 million for nonprofits

Almost $1.3 million will be distributed to area nonprofits thanks to more than 7,000 donors who made more than 9,600 gifts during the Great Give online donation drive on May 5 and 6.

This year’s amount surpasses the amounts raised and the number of gifts made during the Great Give in previous years, according to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Children and youth were important to area donors this year. By category, the most money ($223,682) was donated to children- and youth-serving organizations.

To encourage giving, $170,000 was provided in pro-rated matching funds and prizes by entities including the Valley Community Foundation (VCF).

“Those living and working in the Valley region have truly come together in the Great Give to collectively impact and invest in our community,” said Sharon Closius, president and CEO of VCF.
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