People’s United Community Foundation awards grants to Fairfield County nonprofits

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it awarded more than $147,000 during its first grant cycle of 2016 to nonprofit organizations throughout Fairfield County.

Seventeen organizations received funding in support of activities that ranged from basic needs services and affordable housing initiatives, to education, and life skills training programs. Recipients included Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Discovery Museum, and Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, Operation Hope of Fairfield, Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, Domestic Violence Crisis Center and Neighbors Link in Stamford, Emerge in Stratford, Literacy Volunteers of Danbury, Horizons at Greens Farms Academy, and Meals on Wheels in Ridgefield.

In total, People’s United Community Foundation awarded $937,959 during its first grant cycle of 2016 to nonprofit organizations throughout the communities it serves in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The funding was distributed within the foundation’s three areas of focus, with 33% allocated to community development, 28% to youth development, and 20% to affordable housing initiatives.

The People’s United Community Foundation also contributed 19% of its funding to local United Way organizations across its footprint through the People’s United Bank employee match campaign.

“Through the funding and support of our wonderful nonprofit partners, the People’s United Community Foundation also helps to address the most urgent needs in our communities,” said Karen Galbo, Director of the foundation.

For a detailed list of organizations that People’s United Community Foundation supported during the first grant cycle of 2016, visit

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include affordable housing, community development, and youth development.

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