WATERBURY — Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills, an online giving event hosted by the Connecticut Community Foundation for the eighth year, concluded a 36-hour flurry of giving at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, raising a record-breaking $1.8 million.
The bounty is earmarked for more than 250 nonprofit organizations serving the foundation’s 21-town service area and will ultimately provide countless benefits to organizations reeling from decreased revenue streams caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Given our current landscape, we really did not know how donors would respond this year. Clearly, they rose to the occasion and jumped at the opportunity to support local organizations in this unprecedented time of need,” said Julie Loughran, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation.
The campaign will help organizations make up recent shortfalls to maintain staffing, meet fixed expenses, meet new and emerging demand for services as a result of Covid-19, and be prepared to resume normal operations when the crisis passes.
More than 6,400 individuals throughout the region and beyond contributed during the campaign.
“Donors were able to fill their shopping carts with priceless things such as job training, mental health services, meals for the homebound, safer recreational trails, future theater performances and so much more that local organizations provide to the community,” said Ms. Loughran.
Connecticut Community Foundation, presenting sponsor Ion Bank Foundation and many other sponsors provided more than $128,000 in bonus funds to boost all donations during the event. And, while the giving tallies grew in real-time on the Give Local website, nonprofits vied for $40,000 in cash prizes from sponsors, adding fun, excitement and urgency to the friendly competition and giving challenges.
Total dollars raised for each of the participating nonprofits can be viewed on the leaderboard of the Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills website at www.GiveLocalCCF.org.
Grand Prizes were awarded through the generosity of the Ion Bank Foundation.
The top five nonprofit organizations with the most donors were Wellmore Behavioral Health with 360, Southbury Food Bank with 275, Washington Ambulance Association with 209, KidsPlay Museum with 202 and Landmark Community Theatre with 205.
The top five nonprofit organizations in terms of dollars raised were Wellspring, $63,698; Lake Quassapaug Association, $59,850; Roxbury Land Trust, $47,410; Holy Cross High School of Waterbury, $44,165, and Washington Montessori Association, $39,640.
The Connecticut Community Foundation serves the towns of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.