#GivingTuesday is a nationwide movement to raise awareness of community philanthropy and encourage spending with a purpose. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are 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 charities and causes, and help create a better world.
In Fairfield County, we celebrate #GivingTuesday with the 30-Hour Give through the Fairfield County Foundation. This year the Fairfield County Foundation is ready to help local community members increase their impact by awarding $30,000 in gifts, matching donations made over 30 hours, starting December 3 at 8am and running through December 4 at 2pm.
For the last six years, the Fairfield County Foundation has participated in #GivingTuesday, inspiring our local community members to work together to improve the community and pay it forward to the next generation. Here’s how it works:
- Any donor or non-profit wishing to receive matching funds during the 30-Hour Give must have a fund at the Fairfield County Foundation, as all donations and matching dollars will be added to the designated fund.
- Donors and non-profit organizations should secure new donations from individuals — that must be made online at fairfieldcountyfoundation.org 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 $30,000 in matching gifts will be awarded. All donations received during the 30-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 30-Hour Give. For example, a fund with donations that account for 5% of the total 30-Hour Give contributions would receive 5% of the $30,000 in matching funds, or $1,500.
If charitable giving is part of your year-end tradition, please consider supporting the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment during the 30-Hour Give. It truly is an excellent way to maximize your impact and celebrate giving this holiday season.
You can learn more about the 30-Hour Give by visiting www.fairfieldcountyfoundation.org.