The quest forhappiness these days - feeling good, adding meaning to life - iseverywhere. Businesses spring up seemingly overnight with products designed to satisfy our unquenchable thirst for happiness. Yet time and again, studies show that one of the straightest, most reliable paths to happiness is this: doing something good for others. Because charitable acts aren’t just good for our family and community, they are also good for the soul. We give so much to those we love, and it is equally important to remember those we don’t even know – our neighbors in need in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk.
Join The Community Fund on #Giving Tuesday. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Support #Giving Tuesday with a donation to The Community Fund. SVP
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
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.
Darien has the highest proportion of its population under 18 of any town in Connecticut. According to census data, 36.8% of Darien's population is under 18 compared with 23.5% statewide.