The Community Fund of Darien

A Lesson in Giving from our Kids

Carrie Last Christmas,  a Darien child whose family was getting help from the Department of Human Services was asked to make a “wish”    so another family could buy him a gift at the holiday toy drive. He could have asked for anything – Nike shoes, a North Face jacket, an Xbox. There was no dollar limit placed on his request.  All he asked was for a Christmas Tree.

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We are Your Community Fund

We are YOUR Community Fund

For over 60 years, The Community Fund of Darien has helped those in need, working to make our town the best it can be. Our grants to local nonprofits are targeted toward the most critical needs in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk. We measure results and aim for impact, resulting in vibrant and productive communities. Have you deliberately vetted each charity to which you make a donation?  We have!  Do you know which issues are most pressing? We do!   Please join your friends and neighbors in giving back to the community we all love.

We support Darien

We provide emergency financial assistance to Darien residents in need. Did you know that 144 Darien families requested back packs from Darien’s Human Services Department for this school year and 150 Darien families needed financial assistance to heat their homes last winter?  We take care of Darien by promoting civic engagement and volunteerism. We develop leadership skills for Darien teens with the Youth Community Fund, the Youth Asset Team, the Thriving Youth Task Force, and the DHS Volunteer Fair.  Each month we bring together community leaders to discuss our town’s most pressing needs and collaborate on solutions. For 35 years, we have celebrated Darien’s spirit of altruism and philanthropy with the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. 

We are volunteers

We are a board of 24 of your friends and neighbors who give our time and talent. With goals of providing basic needs, improving youth success, and promoting self-sufficiency, we appreciate our good fortune and try to give back to this special community.  We are more than 50 Darien volunteers who vet local nonprofits by reviewing grant applications, visiting nonprofits and recommending funding levels to ensure that your dollars will have the greatest impact. 

 We are intelligent philanthropy

As funders of 26 local nonprofits, we work throughout the year to ensure that critical services such as food, shelter, mental health, and abuse services are accessible and affordable. We share best practices, provide counsel and financial assistance.   Because of our deep knowledge of local nonprofits, our donors rely on us to know where their dollars are most needed.  Your gift changes lives.  A single donation to one organization - The Community Fund of Darien - does great things for people of all ages.

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Our Funding Goals

2014-2017 Funding Goals

Basic Needs:  We fund programs that meet critical basic needs such as food, shelter and emergency financial assistance.

  • We support programs that reduce food insecurity by improving access to nutritious, affordable food for individuals and families, food pantries and soup kitchens to feed the hungry.
  • We support programs that provide emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families with supportive case management services to reduce the number of homeless in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien.
  • We support emergency financial assistance programs that reduce the number of unmet requests for electric, gas and heating fuel aid.

Youth Success:  We fund programs that cultivate success from birth through high school graduation so our youth are poised to achieve their fullest potential.

  • We support early childhood care and quality preschool to improve school readiness for young children.
  • We support before/after school and summer enrichment programs to improve academic performance.
  • We support the provision of community-based mental and physical health services through: crisis and intensive services, counseling, support and referral services for children and their families.

Self-Sufficiency: We fund programs that promote self-sufficiency through affordable and independent housing, mental and physical health and job development, allowing adults to live an independent life.

  • We support programs which meet the demand for intensive and crisis community-based mental health services and the maintenance of physical health.
  • We support programs that teach skills to secure and retain employment and earn a living wage.
  • We support programs that promote affordable, sustainable and safe housing to allow stability and productivity.

Eye on Darien:  We fund programs that keep Darien vibrant; we support our youth, engage volunteers, promote local philanthropy, and identify solutions to our town’s needs.


When you support The Community Fund, your gift is combined with your neighbor’s gift to achieve the greatest impact. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those most vulnerable in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien.  We take your financial gift and make strategic investments designed to help those who are most vulnerable in our community.  Our grants are vital to the health and success of our community.

                       We are YOUR community fund. Please join us.

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Did You Know?

5.2% or 1,090 residents live in poverty and a 159 families live on food stamps.