Fairfield County’s second annual Giving Day, which was March 5, raised $1,066,091 for nearly 400 Fairfield County nonprofits, through 14,022 online donations and 13 business and foundation sponsorships. Fifteen Wilton nonprofits were among them and raised $16,565 collectively.
Initiated last year by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24-hour period when everyone in Fairfield County is encouraged to “give where you live” by going to FCGives.org and donating to participating local nonprofit organizations.
Twenty-eight nonprofits won cash prizes throughout the day. The prizes were funded by lead sponsor Bank of America and other Fairfield County business and foundation sponsors.
Curtain Call of Stamford and Wildlife in Crisis of Weston were the two top winners. Donations and cash prizes totaled $82,203 for Curtain Call and $76,890 for Wildlife in Crisis.
As for cash prize winners, four nonprofits received the top prizes totaling $70,000 for the most unique donors and the most dollars raised:
Most Unique Donors
Organization Town # Unique Donors Prize
Curtain Call Stamford 1,890 $25,000
Music on the Hill Weston 1,655 $15,000
Most Dollars Raised
Organization Town Most $ Raised Prize
Wildlife in Crisis Weston $21,662 $20,000
Domus Kids, Inc. Stamford $19,744 $10,000
Other Cash Prizes
Twenty nonprofits each received $1,000 as the first to receive 25 unique donations of $25 or more.
Wilton's nonprofits that received donations during Giving Day were:
1. A Better Chance of Wilton, Inc. $4,535
2. Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer, Inc. $2,565