For the third year in a row, Darien and New Canaan will face off 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.

After winning the inaugural competition, last year Darien was edged out by a slim margin. Both organizations benefited from the rivalry, collectively raising nearly $155,000 to support local nonprofits. This year, the competition began on Thursday, Nov. 21 and ends on Thanksgiving Day. Donors can contribute to The Community Fund of Darien by texting 06820 to 44321 during this time period or by visiting www.communityfunddarien.org. 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.

The Youth Community Fund is raising funds during the Most Generous Town competition, selling “Rams Can’t Swim” Turkey Bowl rally towels sponsored by Nola Physical Therapy. YCF students will be at the Darien Sport Shop today until 2pm and Vavala's until 1pm, and at Palmer’s this Monday through Wednesday from 3:30pm-6pm. Suggested donation $10; all proceeds go towards the students’ grant funding pool. Each year, YCF students identify a group of local nonprofit organizations to invite to apply for funding. After reviewing grant applications, the student philanthropists decide how to allocate funds they’ve raised among the 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.

“We love the idea of reshaping the historical Turkey Bowl rivalry between Darien and New Canaan into a force for good,” noted Janet King, Executive Director for The Community Fund of Darien. “Harnessing that competitive energy and seeing who can help others the most is a win for both towns.”

Founded in 1951, The Community Fund of Darien plays a significant role in addressing health and human service needs in Darien, Norwalk, and Stamford through strategic leadership and grantmaking. Funding goals prioritize basic needs, self-sufficiency, youth success, and community initiatives. Since its inception, The Community Fund of Darien has distributed over $20 million to local nonprofit organizations and community initiatives.