The week before Thanksgiving, Darien and New Canaan will face off once again to see which town can capture the title of “Most Generous Town” by raising the most funds for either The Community Fund of Darien or the New Canaan Community Foundation.
— an announcement from The Community Fund of Darien
This year, the competition begins on Thursday, Nov. 18, and ends at midnight on Thanksgiving.
Donors can contribute to The Community Fund of Darien by texting DARIEN to 203-871-0808 during this time window or by visiting the TCF website. The winning town will own the “Turkey Trophy” and bragging rights for the year, and their residents will take pride in the knowledge that their community makes charitable giving a priority.
After winning the inaugural competition in 2017, Darien was edged out by a slim margin in 2018 but regained the prized title in 2019. Both organizations benefited from the rivalry, collectively raising more than $300,000 in 2019 to support local nonprofits.
Inspired by Giving Tuesday, the post-Thanksgiving global day of giving that kicks off the holiday charity season, the two organizations created the event as a way to use their residents’ competitive spirit to benefit our neighbors in need.
This much-needed financial support addresses critical local needs such as homelessness, hunger, mental and physical health, substance abuse, youth services and more.
“Taking a cue from the Blue Wave-Rams rivalry, The Community Fund of Darien and The New Canaan Community Foundation decided to create our own friendly contest to change our neighbors’ lives for the better,” said Janet King, TCF executive director.
“By turning a sports competition into a giving competition, our entire community will benefit from our residents’ generosity.”
The Community Fund of Darien’s mission is to inspire people and mobilize resources to strengthen our community. Its vision is for all community members to have the opportunity to reach their full potential as healthy, educated, and self-sufficient individuals.
TCF initiates solutions, builds collaborations, and implements and supports programs to strengthen youth, adults and families, for lasting and positive impact in Darien, Norwalk and Stamford.
Since 1951, TCF has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofits and community initiatives, impacting thousands of lives in our community.
For more information about The Community Fund of Darien or the Thriving Youth Task Force, please visit the website.