SINCE 1998, THE DARIEN FOUNDATION HAS BEEN DEDICATED TO CREATING OPPORTUNITY, DRIVING INNOVATION, AND INVESTING IN PROJECTS THAT IMPACT DARIEN.
Established Teacher Training Labs
Provided first laptops for all seven schools
Endowed SmartMusic workstations
Established Media Centers at elementary schools
Installed Leica Microscopy Lab and Pasco Physics Lab
Launched K-12 robotics initiative
- Funded Jaws of Life equipment for Darien Fire Dept.
- Equipped Darien Police boat with state-of-the-art search and communications technology
- Gifted special operations vehicle to Darien EMS-Post 53
- Furnished Sea Legs amphibious rescue boat to Noroton Fire Dept.
- Provided virtual reality training for Darien Police Dept.
- Supplied mobile data terminals to Darien Fire Dept. and Darien EMS-Post 53 vehicles
- Led funding for Weed Beach Playground by the Sound
- Supplied turtle habitat to Darien Nature Center
- Funded creation and expansion of DCA Bird Sanctuary
- Developed interpretive Darien Heritage Trail
- Funded scoreboard and lightening detection for Darien Little League
- Contributed to founding of Mather Homestead
- Supported Darien YMCA facility expansion
- Gifted digital catalog, website, and computer labs to Darien Library
- Supported DAF Media livestream of community events and athletics
- Installed Darien Arts Center theater-grade lighting, sound, and audio-visual
- Automated STAR Edgerton Cottage into a smart home for independent living
- Funded Darien TV79 cameras and digital production
- Endowed computers and tech literacy at Mather Senior Center
- Partnered with Corbin Cares to provide meals to food-insecure families and seniors during pandemic
- Established Tiny Miracles Foundation headquarters in Darien
- Endowed The Depot expansion to include middle-school students
- Provided systems network and delivery van for Person-to-Person
- Funded A Better Chance (ABC) computers and house expansion
- Provided van and sedan for At Home in Darien’s senior ride service
- Supported Abilis-operated cafes at Darien Library and Darien YMCA
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
In 1998, The Darien Foundation was founded with a simple mission to invest in technology for the Darien Public Schools. Soon after, we expanded our mission to support Darien’s safety and security services and to enhance the overall quality of life in our hometown. Thank you to community leaders who have brought us big ideas and to our generous supporters who have allowed us to award $6 million in grants.
Collectively, we have made a considerable impact on our town.
We remain focused on the future and seek collaborative efforts and initiatives as we continue to
move Darien Forward!
Ward, Sarah, & The Darien Foundation Board