Fairfield County residents are well known for their generosity and compassion for neighbors in need. Nothing demonstrates this better than the recent outpouring of support and the coming together of communities to help those in our towns, county, state and region hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. As we celebrate National Philanthropy Week, it is gratifying to know that we continue to be among the most generous Americans.
Fairfield County ranks 10th out of the 3,115 counties in total giving in the United States. In 2008 — the most recent date comprehensive data is available from the IRS — Fairfield County residents gave a total of $1.3 billion. The average household gave $2,497, or 3.6% of their annual income. Our local corporations and hundreds of foundations and institutions also provided millions in support to organizations and residents in Fairfield County as well as across the country and the globe.