Several local organizations are looking for support today as part of Fairfield County Giving Day, Thursday, March 5.

The goal is to raise $1 million for local nonprofits in 24 hours via online donations at FCGives.org.

According to the Fairfield County's Community Foundation, national research conducted last year by the Nonprofit Finance Fund shows 78% of Connecticut nonprofits saw a significant increase in demand for their services in 2013 yet, due to reduced contributions, 57% were unable to meet that demand.

Participating in Giving Day is simple. Individuals, families, companies, clubs and groups may make a donation beginning 12 a.m. March 5, to 11:59 p.m. The minimum contribution is $10.

This is more than just a day of donations. The nonprofits that have registered for Giving Day will compete for 30 cash prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000. These additional awards are funded by lead sponsor Bank of America, sponsoring businesses, other institutions and individual donors.

The Trumbull organizations participating in the drive include:

• Connecticut Chamber Choir, Inc

• Cooperative Educational Services Foundation, Inc.

• Empowering Through Beauty

• Fairfield County Children’s Choir

• Friends of the Trumbull High School Choirs, Inc.

• The Kennedy Center, Inc.

More Information: FCGives.org or call the foundation at 203-750-3200.

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. It has awarded $180 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. Information: fccfoundation.org.