Giving Tuesday
The holiday season is fast approaching, which means it’s time to think about your year-end giving plans. We will be celebrating #GivingTuesday, a nationwide movement to raise awareness of community philanthropy and encourage spending with a purpose, through the Fairfield County Foundation’s 32-Hour Give event.

Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday shopping, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to designate a day dedicated to giving back, where people will take collaborative action to improve their local communities, support their favorite causes, and help create a better world.

This year the Fairfield County Foundation is ready to help local community members increase their impact by awarding $32,000 in gifts, matching donations made over 32 hours, from 8am Nov. 30 at 8am through 4pm Dec. 1.

For the last eight years, the Fairfield County Foundation has participated in #GivingTuesday, inspiring community members to pay it forward to the next generation. Here’s how it works:

The nonprofit must have a fund at the Fairfield County Foundation, as all donations and matching dollars will be added to the designated fund.

Gifts for FCHA should be made through the Fairfield Heritage Association Operating Endowment. The money can be used at the direction of our board of trustees. Donations must be made online at the Fairfield County Foundation through the Donate Now link or in person at the Fairfield County Foundation offices—during the event’s specified date and time. Donations sent through the mail will not count toward the match.

At least $32,000 in matching gifts will be awarded. All donations received during the 32-Hour Give will be eligible for matching funds on a pro rata basis, which gives everyone who participates the opportunity to have their donations increased.

The matching gifts will be distributed based on the percentage each fund receives of the total contributions made during the 32-Hour Give. For example, a fund with donations that account for 5% of the total 32-Hour Give contributions would receive 5% of the $32,000 in matching funds, or $1,600. No single gift by an individual to a single organization can receive more than 20% of the total match amount.

If charitable giving is part of your year-end tradition, please consider supporting Fairfield Heritage during the 32-Hour Give. It truly is an excellent way to maximize your impact and celebrate giving this holiday season.

You can learn more about the 32-Hour Give by visiting the Fairfield County Foundation.