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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