By investing in the Foundation, you become a partner in charitable giving that supports our community.

Elm Street ClockDonors can contribute to the fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation that best matches their philanthropic goals.

Community Impact

The Community Impact Fund is the Foundation’s Board directed grant making fund. Nonprofit organizations are invited annually to apply for funding from this fund. The Community Foundation's Board of Directors awards discretionary grants from this fund. Unrestricted gifts to the Foundation are added to this fund.

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Young Philanthropists Fund

This Fund is governed by a Steering Committee of high-school-aged residents. Participation in the committee is an opportunity for these students to experience a grant-making process and to fund programs that address community needs. Students on the committee explore philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and community leadership.

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Sapienza Scholarship Fund

The Anne and Anthony Sapienza Scholarship Fund was established through a bequest from New Canaan resident Anne Sapienza. Her goal was to help New Canaan residents who need financial assistance to continue their education. Over a hundred local students have benefited from her generosity since its establishment.

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Touch A Life

This unique fund provides emergency financial assistance to needy New Canaan residents, including rent, utilities, food expenses, camperships, child care, clothing, educational supplies and other essential items. Referrals for families in need are accepted from the Department of Human Services of New Canaan, Person to Person in Darien and the local churches and schools.  Read why one local donor supports this program

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Fund for Children & Youth

The Fund for Children and Youth is a field of interest fund. Since 2003, the fund has made annual grants to support efforts related to the educational, social and recreational needs of our community’s younger residents.

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Spirit of New Canaan

This field of interest fund makes an annual grant to recognize and support a project or initiative in New Canaan that helps maintain the unique spirit and character of the town.

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