Darien Foundation awards police department technology grant

DARIEN — The Darien Foundation has awarded a crucial two-part technology grant to the Darien Police Department, ensuring safety, and security in the town A new FARO 3D laser scanner now enables police to map accident scenes, and seven schools and public buildings… Read More

Corbin Cares raises $100K for Darien’s essential workers

DARIEN — Combined philanthropic effort Corbin Cares has raised over $100,000 for essential workers. This is the second phase of Corbin Cares, which totaled contributions at $104,785, including $25,000 from The Darien Foundation… Read More

Corbin Cares Partnership connects Darien community during COVID crisis

Corbin Cares and the Darien Foundation are going back to work for the community. The first phase of Corbin Cares was launched in March, and in partnership with local eateries, provided meals to front line care workers, Darien seniors, local shelters and local food-insecure families… Read More

Creativity Connects Darien: Meet Sarah Woodberry, Executive Director of The Darien Foundation

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Darien… Read More

Supporting the people who support Darien

Darien, Conn, November 30, 2020 – While a vaccine is on the horizon and conditions related to the pandemic are expected to improve, the reality is that our current “new normal” will likely continue to be challenging over the next few months… Read More

Darien Nonprofits Continue Meal Donation Efforts

Press release from the Darien Foundation: Dec. 1, 2020 While a vaccine is on the horizon and conditions related to the pandemic are expected to improve, the reality is that our current “new normal” will likely continue to be challenging over the next few months... Read More

Halloween photo shoot raises money for Darien’s Corbin Cares

DARIEN — Corbin Cares, a philanthropic collaboration, supported by The Darien Foundation, which began March to support local businesses and feed those in need and on the front lines, is going back to work for the Darien community… Read More

Darien Mather Homestead Barnraiser is Huge Success!

The Mather Homestead, a treasured National Historic Landmark, built in 1778, celebrated the opening of its recently completed barn, The Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center, on Saturday, September 19 with an innovative, outdoor picnic-style fundraising event. While the event was capped at 100 guests, pursuant to state guidelines, it raised nearly $15,000, which will aid in the project’s completion… Read More

Mather Homestead completes work on educational center

Three years ago, it was just a vision. Today, that vision has become a reality. The new Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center is now completed. “The barn is what we envisioned and more,” said Lauren Swenson, executive director of the Mather Homestead Foundation, whose property the center was built onRead More


Darien TV79 Upgrade Now Allows More Programming Each Day — Got an Idea for a New Show?

Darien TV79, the town government television station, has expanded its program offerings thanks to a $50,000 grant for new technology from the Darien Foundation. The TV station has also announced that it is looking for programming from the community — so if you’d like to create a show, get in touch... Read More


Where’s the boat? Middlesex Whaleboat to make a splash this summer in Darien

To help buoy the community’s spirit and lend a hand to local establishments navigating during a turbulent time, the Museum of Darien (formerly the Darien Historical Society) is joining forces with town organizations and businesses to celebrate the town’s 200th birthday this summer with a symbol loaded to the gills with Darien’s proud history —the Whaleboat Middlesex… Read More


Corbin Cares Initiative for Food-Insecure Families and Seniors Extended to July 3

When Corbin Cares and the Darien Foundation partnered back in March to provide meals for Darien senior citizens and families impacted by the shelter-in-place order, the program was projected to wind down by Friday, May 22... Read More


Corbin Cares Initiative Inspires a Blue Wave of Support and Giving

Since the pandemic struck, many businesses, organizations and individuals have raised their hands to help the Corbin Cares initiative, which was launched by Baywater Properties and PG Properties in conjunction with The Darien Foundation, The Community Fund of Darien and Food Rescue US… Read More


Darien photographer captures close moments from a distance

In the midst of the pandemic, a Darien photographer is inviting people to share a happy moment together. Katharine Calderwood is capturing close moments from a distance. It’s called the Front Steps Project, a movement launched in Massachusetts that’s since spread across the country. Calderwood has snapped more than 50 family portraits from afar… Read More


Person-to-Person receives Darien Foundation grant

Person-to-Person is pleased to announce The Darien Foundation has awarded it a $65,000 grant for a technology initiative to create and onboard a strategic foundational infrastructure to promote their expanding client services and to manage their extensive network of volunteers, including some 700 from Darien… Read More


Darien Foundation Gives $65K to Person-to-Person for Technology Improvements

The aim of this project is to optimize data and relationship management, ensuring increased efficiencies in the ways Person-to-Person delivers on its mission. This project will build P2P’s capacity to meet the increased demand for assistance and support the overall growth in P2P’s services... Read More


Darien Foundation cancels benefit, supports community initiative Corbin Cares

The Darien Foundation has canceled its annual fundraiser, ‘Yacht Rock On,’ originally scheduled for April 25, 2020. The event will now take place on April 24, 2021. “We had a great team working on Yacht Rock On and we had significant momentum,” said Byrne Pozzi, benefit co-chair and board member of The Darien Foundation, “However, once this crisis hit, we quickly shifted our focus to helping the community.”... Read More


Corbin Cares: Joint community effort will feed those in need, on front lines

The Darien Foundation, in cooperation with The Community Fund of Darien, PG Properties and Food Rescue U.S., has fast tracked a $75,000 grant to Corbin Cares, a new fundraiser launched over the weekend by David Genovese of Baywater Properties and Penny Glassmeyer of PG Properties... Read More


Thank You, Byrne Pozzi, For Your Volunteer Work with the Darien Foundation

Byrne jumped in full steam to serve as event chair for the 2019 benefit. She has a remarkable ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Her unflappable demeanor, her attention to detail, and her incredible work ethic have brought new energy to the planning process and new volunteers to the committee... Read More


Yacht Rock: Darien Foundation planning April benefit at Tokeneke Club

The Darien Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tokeneke Club . Last year’s event, Rock the Yacht, sold out over two weeks in advance. This year’s event, Yacht Rock On, will see the return of the high-energy, award-winning, six-piece band “Three Sheets to the Wind: America’s Number One Tribute to Yacht Rock.”… Read More


Collaborating to Build a Better Darien

Family has always been integral to The Darien Foundation. The organization was founded in 1998 by a group of Darien parents, led by Richard Chilton, who wanted to provide up-to-date computer equipment for the Darien Public Schools… Read More

Photo: Darien Nature Center

Darien Nature Center to Create Forest and Pond Exhibit with $50K Grant from Darien Foundation

The Darien Nature Center will be getting a major upgrade to its Animal Exhibit Room, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Darien Foundation. The Nature Center says it will create a New England Forest and Pond Ecosystem exhibit that will showcase native turtle… Read More

Darien Foundation Issues Grant To Nature Center

From Darien Nature Center: The Darien Nature Center will be getting a major upgrade to its Animal Exhibit Room, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Darien Foundation. The Nature Center says it will create a New England Forest and Pond Ecosystem exhibit that will showcase native turtle species… Read More

Thanks to Darien Foundation grant: Darien TV79 installs new technology

Darien TV79 has a new, improved look thanks to a donation from the Darien Foundation.The Darien Foundation’s $25,000 grant was used this summer to install new high-definition TV cameras and switching equipment for TV79’s airing of meetings in room 206 of… Read More

Darien TV79 Using Better Cameras, Equipment After $25K Gift from Darien Foundation

The Darien Foundation’s $25,000 grant was used this summer to install new high-definition TV cameras and switching equipment for TV79’s airing of meetings in Room 206 of Town Hall. The grant also covered the cost of new wiring, monitors and associated gear in… Read More

Darien Community Association receives grant for bird sanctuary

The Darien Foundation has awarded $18,500 to the Darien Community Association (DCA) to fund improvements in their four-acre bird sanctuary. This is the second grant the Darien Foundation has given to the DCA and it will be used to attract more birds with a pondless cascading waterfall and new trees to provide more cover and food… Read More

Improvements Underway at DCA’s Four-Acre Bird Sanctuary

Darien Community Association is making improvements in its four-acre bird sanctuary on Middlesex Road, with help from a $18,500 grant from the Darien Foundation. These include a pondless waterfall for the birds and butterflies, as well… Read More

Darien Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser, ‘Rock the Yacht’ Coming April 2019

The Darien Foundation has announced that its’ annual fundraiser, Rock the Yacht, will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tokeneke Club. Similar to last year’s event, which… Read More

Get to know…Sarah Woodberry, executive director of The Darien Foundation

In fact, she came to town from New York City in 2009 to spend more time with her family living in the area for what she planned would be a one-year stay. Slowly, that year turned into nine, as she has become a part of the community. “I really liked the small-town feel of Darien,” Woodberry said. “Every time I’m out walking, people will wave…” Read More

DAF Media gains new support, looks to expand

The Darien High School senior is one of a group of students learning the ins and outs of producing live-stream broadcasts for DAF Media. “I was one of the first two kids who started helping out when DAF Media started last fall,” Ross said. “We’ve been recruiting other students to help…” Read More

Darien students behind camera at band festival

At the Darien all-town band festival last week, three students were there to film the event live-stream for DAF Media. The two sophomores and a senior from Darien High School operated two high-definition cameras set up on tripods in the stands. One captured broad shots of the nearly 500 student performers in the high school gym… Read More

Yacht Rock: Darien Foundation announces 20th year gala

The Darien Foundation, a non-profit that provides grants for technology and capital initiatives throughout Darien, will hold its 20th year celebration and fund-raiser, an evening of Yacht Rock, on Saturday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tokeneke Club… Read More

Dysenchuk retires from Darien Foundation leadership

After 12 years as the executive director of the Darien Foundation, Pam Dysenchuk is retiring. Dysenchuk joined in 2005, when the organization was still known as the Darien Technology Foundation. Then, it gave grants solely for technology projects such as the Pasco Physics Lab for Darien High School and mobile data terminals for the Darien Fire Departments… Read More

Darien Foundation Funds Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The Energy Symposium on May 27, 2016 at Darien High School featured an array of automobiles using alternative energy sources, including the DHS Fuel Cell Team’s own Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle.  Solar energy, different techniques of energy creation and ways to improve Connecticut’s energy efficiency were some of the topics covered by guest speakers at… Read More

The Darien Foundation has a history of giving…

The Darien Foundation has demonstrated that it is the “go-to” funding source for projects that enhance the Darien community. Since its founding in 1998, the Foundation has provided over $3 million in grants to the Darien Public Schools, Darien emergency services and many of the town’s community organizations. The initial funding for the Foundation was… Read More

Darien Public Schools

Starting as the Darien Technology Foundation, the Foundation’s early grants went to the Darien Public Schools to encourage the Administration to establish a comprehensive and ongoing technology plan. Once the Administration began providing the technology basics, the Foundation continued to fund innovative and cutting edge technology in the schools. The PASCO Physics Lab and Leica… Read More

Emergency Services

The Darien Foundation has provided grants totaling $330,000 to EMS Post 53, the Darien Fire Departments and the Darien Police Department.

Community Organizations

The list of community organizations that have benefited from Darien Foundation grants is extensive. The Darien Community Association is constructing a beautiful 4 acre Bird Sanctuary and Native PlantGarden on their property with a $33,000 grant. The YWCA has a 12 station computer learning lab. A sophisticated audio-visual system for The Darien Historical Society’s renovated… Read More