Anne S. Richardson Fund


The Fund was created in the mid-1960s under the will of Anne S. Richardson to support charitable purposes.

Funding Interests:
Eight organizations recommended by Miss Richardson; In Ridgefield, Connecticut: programs that assist lower-income people or are of broad interest to the community; and In Connecticut (particularly Fairfield County): programs that promote the independence of women, support the lesbian and gay community, encourage youth development, or promote environmental conservation.

Geographic Focus:
Connecticut, particularly the Town of Ridgefield and Fairfield County.

No grants are made to individuals or private foundations or for matching gifts or loans.

Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Grant Cycle:
Proposals should be submitted by March 1st. Decisions are made before the Fund’s fiscal year end, which is July 31st.

Type of Support:
Project, capital and, in limited circumstances, operating

JPMorgan Chase Relationship:
Sole trustee


Please include the following items in your organization’s request:

1. Proposal (maximum of three pages) which includes:

a. Overview of the organization (i.e., primary goals, needs or problems being addressed, population served)
b. Description of the project for which you are seeking support

i. Statement of purpose and the needs being addressed by the project
ii. Population served and how they will benefit from the project
iii. Project timeline/anticipated project duration

c. Brief biography of the executive director and key project staff

2. Project budget

a. if it is a two-year request, please include a two-year projected budget
b. include a list of foundation, corporate and other support applied to the budget

3. Current fiscal year organizational budget

a. also include a projected budget for upcoming year (if available)

i. indicate if the organization has an endowment

1. quote the most recent value of the corpus
2. indicate if the funds are permanently restricted or board restricted

4. List of foundation and corporate supporters

a. include a list of funders for the current fiscal year
b. also provide a list from the most recently completed fiscal year
c. include foundation and corporation names and amounts


Anne S. Richardson Fund - Grants 2023

Total contributions in 2023: $710,000

Act of Connecticut, Ridgefield, CT
$50,000 as the first installment for the ACT of CT auditorium upgrade for audience expansion, special accommodations, and ADA compliance

Aging in America, Inc, Purchase, NY
$15,000 as the last installment for general support

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
$50,000 as the first installment for the Sculpture Garden Master Plan Implementation

Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield, Ridgefield, CT
$50,000 as the last installment for the capital campaign and general support

Connecticut Audubon Society, Inc, Fairfield, CT
$50,000 for the Aviary Renovation Project

Connecticut College, New London, CT
$15,000 as the last installment for Annual Support

Connecticut Zoological Society, Bridgeport, CT
$25,000 as the first installment for the STREAM Learning Center

Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Stamford, CT
$20,000 for the housing and financial advocacy project

First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Ridgefield, CT
$5,000 as the first installment for the Children’s Holiday and Back to School Program

Keeler Tavern Preservation Society, Ridgefield, Ct
$50,000 as the first installment for Physical Campus Reintegration, Wayfinding and Accessibility

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
$15,000 as the last installment for Cancer Research and Care

Mill River Park Collaborative, Stamford, CT
$40,000 for the after school environmental immersion program

Ms President US, Inc, Ridgefield, CT
$20,000 as the last installment for general support

New York-Presbyterian Fund, Inc, New York, NY
$15,000 as the last installment for Unrestricted Support

Norwalk Hospital Association, Norwalk, CT
$15,000 as the last installment for general support

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, New Haven, CT
$75,000 for the Fairfield County Fund for Access (FFA)

Pro Bono Partnership, Inc, White Plains, NY
$40,000 as the last installment for the legal services for Fairfield County nonprofits with a focus on organizations serving the environment, youth development, the independence of women, and the LGBTQ community

Rowan Center, Inc, Stamford, CT
$15,000 for general support for the LGBTQIA+ Community

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Ridgefield, CT
$50,000 as the last installment for campus reconfiguration

Visiting Nurse Association of Ridgefield, Inc, Ridgefield, CT
$40,000 for hospice bereavement support

Women's Business Development Council, Inc, Stamford, CT
$40,000 as the last installment for the Microenterprise Development for Women Entrepreneurs in Fairfield County

Yale University, New Haven, CT
$15,000 as the last installment for scholarships in the area of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies

Contact Information

All application materials must be submitted online.

All correspondence should be addressed to Carolyn Winter,

Receipts and reports should be sent to