Fairfield Countys Community Foundation

Norwalk, CT • We bring together bright minds, bold leaders and trusted resources to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

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Fairfield Countys Community Foundation


Fairfield Countys Community Foundation is a foundation community foundation. With $25.4m in revenue and 48 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1991, Fairfield Countys Community Foundation is headquartered in Norwalk, CT. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 85% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $25.3m.

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Fairfield Countys Community Foundation


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Mission and Work


Fairfield county's community foundation, (the "community foundation") promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield county, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. The community foundation provides:-- personalized philanthropic advisory services, grant services, and financial stewardship to fundholders -- community leadership and strategic, collaborative initiatives to address key regional issues, such as older youth, women and girls, affordable housing, economic opportunity, and other areas-- grants, counsel and professional development/leadership and other training to local nonprofits-- research on nonprofits and causes, due diligence and consultation with agencies, and monitoring and evaluation of grant programs and foundation initiatives.


$19.2m annual program spend • The community foundation awarded and made grants to 501(c)(3) organizations to support education and youth development, community and economic development, the empowerment of women and girls, and nonprofit capacity building. In fiscal year 2018, the organization awarded 795 grants for education and youth development totaling $7,806,546, 512 grants supporting health and human services totaling $4,301,234, 107 grants supporting economic opportunity totaling $3,259,042, 220 grants for the arts totaling $2,183,626, and 174 grants for other programs totaling $1,365,706.

Community Leadership

$1.8m annual program spend • Fairfield county's community foundation promotes and supports collaborations, partnerships and initiatives to make an impact for women and girls, older youth (who are not in school or employed), and immigrants.the community foundation strengthens Fairfield county nonprofits by providing workshops, trainings and technical assistance to agencies and their staff & volunteers through the foundation's center for nonprofit excellence which provided services to 789 individuals representing 392 nonprofit organizations. We sponsored 27 workshop or roundtable events for nonprofit staff and board members. We also conducted 11 executive leadership cohort sessions and 110 individual coaching sessions for leaders of high impact organizations, and offered financial management training.

Financial Resource Development

$455k annual program spend • The community foundation educates donors, agencies and the community to increase local philanthropy to provide a strong base of support for Fairfield county nonprofit organizations now and in the future. In 2018, the community foundation organized its 5th Fairfield county giving day, a community-wide day of giving day that raised $1,400,887 in giving directly to local charities.

From Fairfield Countys Community Foundation's website

In their words

Closing the Opportunity Gap in Fairfield County

As a nonprofit partner and thought leader since 1992, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together passionate people and trusted resources to solve our region’s challenges through innovative, collaborative solutions. Together, our goal is to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing and health.

To foster a vital and inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

To promote philanthropy as a means to create lasting change in Fairfield County.

To be guided by a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, collaboration and integrity.

How We Serve You as a Community Foundation

Community foundations are public charities which help people and organizations make a difference by improving the lives of residents and bolstering the impact of nonprofits, with an emphasis on a particular geographic region.

Among the largest of Connecticut’s 17 community foundations, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting donors, nonprofits and our whole community.

We serve as a one-stop resource hub for high-quality training, and have awarded over $212 million in grants.

We serve as a county-wide unifier, bringing public, private and nonprofit sectors together to better tackle challenges.

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Who backs them

Grants received

These are some of the foundations that have funded Fairfield Countys Community Foundation in recent years.

Where their money goes

Grants made

These are some of the grants Fairfield Countys Community Foundation has made in recent years to other charities.


Horizons National

Westport, CTHorizons National
3 grant(s) totaling $860k


NCC Foundation

Norwalk, CTNCC Foundation is a nonprofit community or junior college. With $3.7m in revenue and 8 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $607k

Educational Organization


Bridgeport, CTHousatonic is a educational organization focused on education. With $1.9m in revenue and 4 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.6m


Building 1 Community

Stamford, CTBuilding 1 Community is a nonprofit focused on ethnic, immigrant centers and services. With $1.7m in revenue and 33 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
2 grant(s) totaling $644k

Educational Organization

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NYVassar College is a educational organization private school. With $280m in revenue and 3517 employees, it is a relatively large organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $620k


The Open Door Shelter

Norwalk, CTThe Open Door Shelter is a nonprofit focused on temporary shelter for homeless. With $7.7m in revenue and 56 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $882k

Educational Organization

Achievement First

Brooklyn, NYA network of public charter schools located in Connecticut, New York (Brooklyn), and Rhode lsland proving what's possible when potential meets opportunity.
3 grant(s) totaling $677k


Denver Foundation

Denver, CODenver Foundation is a foundation community foundation. With $99.7m in revenue and 63 employees, it is a relatively large organization.
1 grant(s) totaling $1.1m


Greenwich Country Day School

Greenwich, CTGreenwich Country Day School is a nonprofit elementary school. With $55.5m in revenue and 386 employees, it is a relatively large organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $1.1m


Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now

Washington, DCConnecticut Coalition for Achievement Now is a nonprofit focused on education. With $68k in revenue and 14 employees, it is a relatively small organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $652k


Scholarship America

Minneapolis, MNSupporting students by breaking down barriers, opening doors, and offering access to college scholarships. Browse our scholarships.
3 grant(s) totaling $566k



Stamford, CTInspiricaCT is a nonprofit community recreational facility. With $14.8m in revenue and 100 employees, it is a relatively large organization.
3 grant(s) totaling $571k

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