Establishing a charitable fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation is an easy and powerful way to realize your philanthropic goals.

A happy familyWe offer valuable insight that helps your charitable giving achieve maximum results. Whatever your philanthropic goals, the Community Foundation has the flexibility and the tools to help you reach them. We offer:

Claude and CynthiaA Donor Advised Fund, Designated Fund, or Scholarship Fund is a simple and effective way to participate in meaningful philanthropy. 

You and your family can take your time to determine how to spend your charitable resources each year.  

Why Choose Us?

When you choose to invest in the future of our community, you want to work with someone who knows the territory. The professional staff at the Foundation is available for advice on the needs and activities of the local nonprofit community as well as regional or national organizations. We can offer valuable insight that helps your charitable giving achieve maximum results.

How Do I Create a Fund?

  • Elm Street ClockDecide when to give
    You can create your fund now or establish it in your will.
  • Decide what to give
    Almost any kind of asset can be used to start your fund, such as cash, publicly traded securities, closely held stock, or private foundation assets.
  • Choose the type of fund
    You can choose from a variety of fund options that are flexible to meet your charitable interests.
  • Choose the name of your fund
    Every gift from the fund can carry this name or you can remain anonymous.