Making it easier to give where you live

For many in Fairfield County, giving back is a priority — that’s a key part of what makes our community a great place to live and work.

We want to make giving even easier. That’s why we’ve teamed up to create Fairfield County Giving Day. To be held Friday, March 7, the 24-hour period of online giving aims to raise more than $1 million for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.

There’s no shortage of reasons to give. Local nonprofits help feed the nearly one in 10 families in Fairfield County that struggle to find their next meal, and the nearly 35,000 children living in a food-insecure household.

They help bolster our cultural programs, strengthen our schools, shelter the homeless, train the unemployed, protect our environment — the list goes on and on. These groups need our support so they can continue to strengthen the communities we call home.

How to participate in Giving Day

Here’s how it works:

Beginning at midnight and through 11:59 p.m., donations on March 7 can be made online at Using this website, you can search for your favorite local nonprofits and make donations to support their work.

What’s more, your gift — whatever the size — will help these nonprofits compete for grants ranging from $500 to $25,000.

These additional awards — as well as a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1,000 — are funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, Bank of America, partnering corporations, other institutions, and individual donors.

Convenient and exciting

Online giving days represent a growing nationwide trend toward creating a convenient, exciting way for residents to support their community.

By joining this movement, we’re helping participating nonprofits to increase awareness of the challenges they face, encourage new and younger donors to give back, and establish a model for new strategies for future fund-raising in the future.

A recent study by Bank of America showed that a majority of surveyed households give to at least one charity, and that people are motivated to give financially for a variety of reasons, including seeing how a gift can make a difference.

Make a difference in your hometown

Through Fairfield County Giving Day, we can see the difference a gift makes right here in our own cities and towns — including Shelton.

Whether your passion is helping to feed the hungry, giving books to children, or helping put a roof over someone’s head, you can make an impact in our community and on the lives of neighbors, friends and co-workers.

Whatever the reason, we encourage everyone to join us in supporting Fairfield County Giving Day on March 7. Every contribution can make Fairfield County an even better place for us to call home.

Juanita T. James is president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, which has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofits since 1992. Bill Tommins is Southern Connecticut market president at Bank of America.