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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Happy Holidays

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Give a Meaningful Gift this Holiday Season

          Please help your town and help your neighbors                            making a year-end donation to

                                   The Community Fund of Darien

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               Your generosity is vital to the health of our community.

          We are Darien's Community Fund. Please join us this year.

              With gratitude and best wishes for a wonderful holiday.

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A Letter to the Town of Darien

As Thanksgiving approaches, we reflect on the special community of Darien and the good fortune we have to live here.  We hope you will take a moment to learn about (or reacquaint yourself with) The Community Fund of Darien. 

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.

Please support The Community Fund of Darien

 

Support

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.