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Fairfield Community Foundation

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As many of you know, at least those who scroll beyond “Bars” and “Look Good,” this site includes write-ups of local charities and foundations. Why? Three reasons: 1) it’s amazing how many wonderful opportunities exist for giving, 2) it’s alarming how few of the 2,243+ organizations we’re actually aware, and 3) researching them independently is as tedious as cleaning Vaseline off your carpet with toilet paper and baby shampoo.

The FCF understands this and was created to make giving a lot of easier.

What they do: The FCF helps you “select those [organizations] that match your charitable passions and provide well-run programs that achieve results…. [and] help local nonprofits operate at peak efficiency so they get the most good out of every dollar. You can also join other like-minded donors to engage in collective giving.”

Who they are: FCF’s leadership is composed of local community and business leaders.

Where your money goes: To ensure money is used most effectively, grants focus on 6 areas –
  - Education and Youth Development
  - Economic Opportunity (including affordable housing, workforce development, and immigrant success)
  - Health and Human Services
  - Arts and Culture/Arts Education
  - The Environment/Environmental Education
  - Nonprofit Capacity Building

How they do it:
  - “sharing extensive community knowledge”
  - “oversee(ing) professional financial management of fund assets”
  - “handl(ing) all grantmaking details, administrative tasks and reporting”
  - “lead(ing) countywide initiatives that bring together fund holders, contributors, private foundations, corporations, nonprofit agencies, policy makers, community leaders and experts to collaborate on tackling the root causes of regional problems”

How you can help:
  - Start a charity.
  - Give to an existing charity.
  - Volunteer your time to the foundation.

What you may not know but should: Residents have set up numerous scholarships for students seeking aid. Log on to http://www.fccfoundation.org/cm/scholarships/Home.html for information and applications.

For more information, contact Linda Franciscovich, Vice President of Development and Philanthropic Services, at 203.750.3200.
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