Today is Fairfield County Giving Day, the region’s biggest philanthropic event that allows the local community to make a difference right at home. Over 430 nonprofits countywide are participating in this year’s 24-hour fundraising and awareness raising effort–among them are 16 organizations based in Wilton hoping to win funding support for the amazing work they do locally.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with champion sponsor Bank of America, are Giving Day’s driving forces for the fourth year in a row.

The excitement of Giving Day begins Thursday, March 9 at midnight. Individuals can go to FCGives.org and make a donation of $10 or more to the nonprofit or cause close to their heart.

The event is also a powerful fundraising competition of sorts, where the non-profits can win additional cash prizes based on how much in donations they raise during the 24 hours. Gifts–whatever the size–will help these 16 Wilton nonprofits compete for over $100,000 in cash prizes ranging from $250 to $20,000.

The sweet-16 Wilton organizations that are taking part in Fairfield County Giving Day are:

ABC A Better Chance of Wilton
Ambler Farm
Animals In Distress
Circle of Care
CT Appleseed
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Music on the Hill
Stay at Home in Wilton
The Wilton Playshop
Wilton Family YMCA
Wilton Historical Society
Wilton Land Conservation Trust
Wilton Library Association
Wilton Singers
Wilton Youth Council
Woodcock Nature Center

In addition to Bank of America, Giving Day is also supported by media partner, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; champion sponsor, Whole Foods Market; magazine sponsor, Moffly Media; media sponsors, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX and other Giving Day champions including TFI Envision, Day Pitney LLP, First County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Deloitte, Cummings & Lockwood, BlumShapiro, Neuberger Berman, Relyea Zuckerberg Hanson, Barrett Outdoor and Wealth Enhancement.

Last year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day had extraordinary results:  $1.24 million was donated by more than 11,000 individuals for 410 nonprofits.