New Canaan Community Foundation serves as New Canaan’s local partner for advice, leadership, and facilitation of charitable giving. Since 1977, the Foundation has invested in high-impact local organizations and has helped donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Our vision is a New Canaan that comes together to address both individual and local challenges, enriching the lives of all community members.

Our Approach

The Foundation achieves it's mission by partnering with community members to help each individual, family, or organization achieve their philanthropic goals, educating and support volunteer leaders of all ages to guide our work and help maximize impact in the community, mobilizing thoughtful grant investments and other resources to respond to local needs, and convening community leaders, experts, and residents to address community-wide issues that affect New Canaan.

Our Impact

The Foundation's work strives to attain successful and impactful outcomes in these key areas:

  • Arts, Culture & Community Resources - Community members benefit from New Canaan’s cultural, recreational, and other community resources.
  • Health - Community members have the information and access to services they need to stay healthy.
  • Human Services - Community members are able to meet their basic needs.
  • Seniors & Special Needs - Older adults & persons with special needs achieve and maintain a high quality of life.
  • Youth & Education - Youth have the academic, social, and financial support they need to succeed.

Partner With Us

You can help us achieve our mission in many ways. Give to one of the Foundation’s initiatives, coming together to leverage greater dollars. Talk with us to get advice on donor-advised funds or other ways to make your giving tax-smart and efficient. Create a legacy through planned giving or work with us to engage multiple family generations now. Attend events and educational forums to stay informed on causes you care about and connect with other local philanthropists. Help us deploy grant investments and other resources that allow local nonprofit organizations to have greater impact. Engage your kids in our youth philanthropy program to teach them the importance of giving back. Support neighbors in need through scholarships and emergency financial assistance. Volunteer your time to support our mission and local nonprofits

Get involved with New Canaan Community Foundation. Tell us what you want to accomplish, and what you care about, and we’ll help you focus your charitable resources to make the most impact. Make your gift today or call us at 203-966-0231 to talk about your philanthropic goals.

Together we can make a difference.