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Fairfield County’s Giving Day helped keep nonprofits afloat in 2020

Nonprofits are starving for cash, but there are easy ways for residents to help.

News 12 Staff

Dec 24, 2020, 1:38 AM

Updated 1,273 days ago

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Nonprofits are starving for cash, but there are easy ways for residents to help.
Stamford's Kweskin Theatre is a place where the arts come alive - or, at least they did.
Lou Ursone heads Curtain Call, the nonprofit that runs this place.
"The theater has been dark since early March," he says.
Curtain Call moved performances outside and online.
The state chipped in with an $80,000 grant - and the new federal stimulus includes money for theaters.
"It's a rescue craft, life raft, but it's only a down payment. We need to do so much more for these theaters," Sen. Richard Blumenthal says.
To stay alive, Curtain Call turned to Fairfield County's Giving Day - a one-day event that raises money for dozens of groups.
"It is a 24-hour online giving marathon. It's a virtual event, so everyone should be able to participate in a safe way," says Danielle Marchione, of Fairfield County's Community Foundation.
"It's a pyramid scheme in the best possible way - getting one friend tell another friend to tell another friend," says Ursone.
Feb. 25 is Fairfield County's Giving Day. To donate or register your nonprofit, click here.


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