Our Mission

Founded in 1951, The Community Fund of Darien is a highly respected, professional nonprofit that plays a significant role in addressing health and human service needs in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford through strategic leadership and grantmaking. Our mission is to enhance the capacity of the community to care for one another by:

  • assisting the community to identify and prioritize its needs;
  • keeping the community informed about efforts to meet those needs;
  • providing cost effective fundraising;
  • distributing funds to meet identified community needs;
  • assuring accountability of grant recipients;
  • fostering coordinated and cooperative efforts to deliver services

The Community Fund of Darien was founded almost 70 years ago and since that time, we have distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. In 1977, we became the Darien United Way & Community Council. In 2006 we successfully withdrew from the United Way system and returned to our local roots where we continue to serve as the safety net for our community.

Meet Our Team

Meet the people who execute the vision of the Community Fund of Darien every day.

Janet King

Janet King

Executive Director

Prior to joining the Community Fund of Darien, Janet was the former Director


of Volunteers at Person-to-Person where she recruited, trained and organized more than 4,000 volunteers; working alongside clients, corporate teams and community groups. She has experience in program and special event management, employee training, marketing, and fundraising from a variety of companies including Western Athletic Clubs, Brooks Brothers, Esprit de Corp, and May Company. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has volunteered with Tokeneke Parents Teacher Association, Saint Luke’s Parish, Darien Junior Sailing Team, Darien Youth Soccer, Stamford Hospital and Chi Omega alumnae. Janet lives in Darien with her husband and two sons.

Emily Larkin

Emily Larkin

Thriving Youth Program Director

Emily Larkin joined The Community Fund staff in October 2015. She holds a B.S. in


Counseling and Human Services and B.A. in Theology from the University of Scranton and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at Fordham University. In her role as Thriving Youth Program Director, Emily administers a $500,000 grant from Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) aimed at reducing teen substance use in Darien. Emily leads the Thriving Youth Task Force, oversees the development of the “Our Darien” campaign and serves as an advisor to our student groups. In 2018, she was selected as one of Fairfield County Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” Emily and her husband live in Stamford.

Lisa Haas

Lisa Haas

Grants Director

Lisa Haas began working at The Community Fund of Darien in 2013 as the Director of


Development and subsequently moved into the role of Grants Director in 2016. Prior to working at The Community Fund, she served on The Community Fund’s Board of Directors and participated in our grant review panels for six years. Lisa worked in finance as a research analyst for Soundview and Schroders. She has a B.A. from Duke University and has an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s  Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has three children and lives in Darien.

Barbara Alter

Barbara Alter


Barbara joined The Community Fund of Darien as bookkeeper in 2015. Barbara is a CPA with a


background in public accounting and has been doing bookkeeping for small businesses since 1996. Barbara graduated from Darien High School and received a B.S.B.A. from Villanova University. She currently lives in Darien with her husband and three children.

Board of Directors

The 2018-2019 Board of Directors of the Community Fund of Darien includes Cindy Banks, Ryan Duffy, Allegra Erickson, Randy Giraldo, Shedd Glassmeyer, Chris Guglemann, Todd Halloran, Jake Hennemuth, Liz Houchin, Kirstie Howard, Frank Huck, Debi McGahren, Mara Neafsey, Michelle Saldivar, Shelly Skoglund, Tammy Sload, Warren Pullen, Heather Raker and Doug Ryder.

Executive Committee

The 2018-2019 Executive Committee includes:

  • Frank Huck, President
  • Doug Ryder, First Vice President
  • Heather Raker, Vice President of Development
  • Mara Neafsey, Vice President of Governance
  • Cindy Banks, Vice President of Grants
  • Jake Hennemuth, Treasurer
  • Kirstie Howard, Secretary

Advisory Board

The 2018-2019 Advisory Board of the Community Fund of Darien includes Dan Anderson, Joan Barksdale, Dave Campbell, Gigi Garnett, Ray Hodil, Kevin McGuire, Susan Okie, Patty Reis, Doug Traver, Peter Tombros, and Susan Wyper.

Get in touch

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