The New Canaan Community Foundation made $882,000 in grants to local charities.
At its annual event May 30, checks totaling $686,000 were presented to 62 nonprofit organizations.
Dave Hunt, president of the board of directors, welcomed more than 125 guests and explained that the NCCF hosts the event each year "to highlight the importance of community philanthropy and the local not-for-profit organizations whose work is so important to the vibrancy of our town."
Since 1977, the NCCF has awarded more than $9 million. In 2013, for the first time in its history, the Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants and scholarships.
In addition, the foundation hosted a youth philanthropy gathering earlier in the month at which high school students awarded $18,500 in grants to 10 area nonprofits that provide services to elderly residents. Finally, the foundation announced scholarship funds of more than $178,000 including awards to 65 New Canaan students and $20,000 to seven organizations with scholarship programs.
The NCCF awarded:
$104,000 in total to Carriage Barn Arts Center; Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County; Merrie Bee Cabin, New Canaan Girl Scouts; New Canaan Historical Society; New Canaan Library; New Canaan Nature Center; Norwalk Symphony; Shakespeare on the Sound; Silvermine Guild; Stamford Museum and Nature Center; Stamford Symphony Orchestra; Summer Theatre of New Canaan; and Wildlife in Crisis.
$84,500 in total to AmeriCares Free Clinic, Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care and Waveny LifeCare Network.
$207,500 in total to American Red Cross, The Center, Child Advocates of Southwestern Connecticut, Children's Connection, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Family and Children's Agency, Family Centers, Family ReEntry, Inspirica, International Institute of Connecticut, Kids in Crisis Neighbors, Open Door Shelter, Person-to-Person, Shelter for the Homeless and Workplace.
$95,700 in total to Abilis, Arts for Healing, Camp Horizons, New Canaan Mounted Troop, St. Catherine's Academy, South Avenue Cottage and Star.
$144,300 in total to ABC, Carver Center, Child Care Learning Center, Domus, Earthplace, Future 5, Horizons Student Enrichment Program, Mercy Learning Center, New Canaan Cares, Norwalk Grass Roots Tennis, Reach Prep, Voices of 9/11 and Young Mariners.