Foundation donates more than $1.1 million

The last year has been an uplifting one for many nonprofits and students in town, thanks to grants from the Fairfield County Community Foundation and its donors.

Nonprofits in Greenwich received 55 grants totaling more than $1.1 million in the last fiscal year and local students received 20 scholarships totaling nearly $200,000. The foundation and its donors awarded more than 1,100 grants and 311 scholarships totaling $17.3 million.

Greenwich nonprofits receiving support included the United Way of Greenwich, the Breast Cancer Alliance, Family Centers, Inc., the Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Hospital, The Greenwich Library, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and Greenwich Country Day School.

“As our region continues to grapple with ongoing economic challenges, our donors have continued to respond as never before to help those in need,” said Juanita James, foundation president and CEO. “While critical support to food banks, health clinics, shelters and job training programs continue to be top areas of giving, the foundation and many of our donors also focus on long-term issues such as education, affordable housing and transportation.”

Grants from the foundation come from two principal sources — donations to the foundation placed in endowments to address the ever-changing community needs, and charitable funds established by individual donors at the foundation. Scholarships are awarded by local high school programs as well as through a competitive application process through the organization.

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