Jon Draper, OLLI at WATR

Hosted by Connecticut Community Foundation, the fifth annual Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills online giving campaign raised $1.3 million in 36 hours to support the work of 243 nonprofits serving communities in the region—breaking previous giving totals for the event.

Led by Connecticut Community Foundation and presenting sponsor Ion Bank Foundation, Give Local rallied individuals, businesses, and media outlets to raise as much money and awareness as possible for local nonprofits who serve Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. Connecticut Community Foundation and dozens of sponsors contributed more than $130,000 in bonus funds and nearly $50,000 in competitive cash prizes that were awarded to nonprofits during the event. Companies and small business often through charitiable events such as these which bring in a lot of sponsors for a good cause. Some of these events grow their donations through raffles and ticket sales, with some using somewhere like MyCreativeShop to make their own personalized tickets.

“Wow!” said Paula Van Ness, president and CEO of Connecticut Community Foundation. “Give Local has truly sparked the philanthropic spirit that runs deep in our community. It is thrilling to see such community support for nonprofits and the important work they do throughout our region.” 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 Leading organizations by the end of the campaign (which concluded at 7 p.m. on April 26) included:

Top five nonprofit organizations by dollars raised:

  • St. John’s Foundation (Washington)
  • ASAP! (Washington Depot)
  • Lake Quassapaug Association (Middlebury)
  • Litchfield Montessori School (Northfield)
  • Children’s Center of New Milford (New Milford)

Top five nonprofit organizations by number of gifts received:

  • Wellmore Behavioral Health (Waterbury)
  • Animal Welfare Society (New Milford)
  • Connecticut Choral Society (Southbury)
  • Easterseals of Greater Waterbury (Waterbury)
  • Children’s Center of New Milford (New Milford)