Next Thursday, March 1, the community has an opportunity to support 17 nonprofit organizations that call Wilton home through the annual Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

They are A Better Chance of Wilton, Ambler Farm, Animals in Distress, the Carl Schmitt Foundation, Connecticut Appleseed, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Music on the Hill, Riverbrook Regional YMCA, Trackside Teen Center of Wilton, Wilton Historical Society, Wilton Land Conservation Trust, Wilton Library Association, the Wilton Playshop, Wilton Singers, Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Wilton Youth Council, and Woodcock Nature Center. The Norwalk River Watershed Association is also listed for Georgetown.

Marking its fifth year, Giving Day enables people to support their favorite nonprofits with an online donation of as little as $10. Beginning at midnight on March 1, supporters may go to to make a donation. The giving continues for 24 hours.

The organizations receive not only the donations made, they compete for more than $100,000 in prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. But the competition is fierce. This year more than 430 nonprofits are reaching out to their supporters to boost donations and create awareness about what they offer their communities.

At the website, supporters may check the leaderboard to see how their favorite charity is doing during the day. In addition to prizes for most donors and most money raised, there are prizes for the most donors during “power hours” throughout the day.

Over the past four years, Giving Day has raised more than $4.5 million for more than 600 nonprofits. Let’s see a portion of the money raised this year come to Wilton.