A day to give back - online

As technology changes, so does philanthropy.

Many charities are turning to online giving days as a way to raise funds and spread the word about organizations doing good work in neighborhoods across the country. These days, it has quickly become one of the most effective ways to bring a community together and create excitement around giving back.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation partnered with Bank of America to launch Fairfield County’s Giving Day in March of 2014, and the result has been a wildly successful day of online giving that’s raised millions for deserving nonprofits across Southern Connecticut. In 2017 alone, the day raised $1,465,246 for 414 nonprofits through 13,718 donations from individuals and sponsors.

It is vital that corporate and private institutions ensure the nonprofits that serve our communities have the resources they need to succeed.

Bill Tommins
Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds.

The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. The goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. On Giving Day, in addition to prizes and matching grants that help amplify the money raised by Fairfield County nonprofits, the Community Foundation also makes a number of resources available, including template reminder emails and pre-made graphics, to make things truly turnkey for participating groups.

Bank of America has lent a hand to community nonprofits in many ways beyond funding support by providing training and information sessions on philanthropic giving trends, building awareness via social media and various other resource tools and expertise.
“It is vital that corporate and private institutions ensure the nonprofits that serve our communities have the resources they need to succeed. Fairfield County’s Giving Day brings together groups from around Southern Connecticut—private institutions, corporations and individuals—to inspire support for the organizations that work tirelessly to help all of our neighbors get ahead,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America.



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