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We work TOGETHER with people and organizations

to improve the health and well-being of residents in our community, especially those that have been historically under resourced.


Our work is grounded in a core set of values that serve as critical guideposts in everything we do. We Commit to…

Collaboration with our community partners.

Collaboration comes from trust, authentic relationships, transparency, responsiveness, professionalism, and two-way engagement.  We strive to do “with” and “as” not “to”

Accountability to the people we work with and serve.

We listen and learn. We understand local needs by asking people about their experiences and perspectives. We recognize that we’re stewards of the foundation’s resources and commit to being transparent in how we use them.

Rigor in our approach to philanthropy.

Rigor comes from analysis and learning, iteration and discovery, embracing ambiguity, sustaining humility, seeking truth, and questions assumptions. We seek continuous improvement and uphold high standards of professionalism in all that we do.

Equity in our work.

We understand and address disparities in health and health access in terms of race, geography, and socioeconomic status.  We account for barriers to equity and use an asset-building approach to address them.  We focus our resources on those who need them most.

Several Board Members at our office in 2016.

Photo by FCH Staff.

Our History

Learn about how Foundation for Community Health was founded, how decisions made at that time impacted who we are, what we do, how we work, and how we have evolved over the past two decades.

Our History

Photo by Sarah Kenyon.

Our People

Get to know the people behind FCH. Our small and nimble team care deeply about our region and endeavors to be adaptive to its needs. Our board members live and/or work in the rural 17-town region FCH serves.

Our People

Publications about Our Work

Year in Review

2023 Year in Review

Over $1.5M went to 30 nonprofit organizations in our rural region, of our total grantmaking $650K was granted to Community Health & Wellness in support of the North Canaan Health Center. FCH also helped its grantee partners secure an additional $1.9M in additional funding for the region.

2022 Year in Review

Over $1M went to 33 nonprofit organizations that serve our rural 17 town region, with nearly $600K allocated towards FCH’s strategic priority area: Strengthen Organizations.

2021 Year in Review

2021 was a significant year for FCH, marking our first year of implementation of our strategic plan which was approved in April.

Report to the Community

2022 Report to the Community

In 2022, the second year of our strategic plan, we continued to develop and revise our grantmaking approach, while deepening our partnership with community to improve the conditions that influence health…

2021 Report to the Community

Early in the year our strategic framework was approved by the foundation’s Board of Directors and staff began developing and launching new initiatives, aligned with the new priority areas and strategies of the foundation…

2020 Report to the Community

FCH began 2020 with a plan! A plan to assess where we were and how we could be more effective in our future work…

Photo of Cornwall, Connecticut one of 17 towns served by FCH.

Photo by Lazlo.

Financials & Policies

As stewards of community assets, we are accountable to the people we work with and serve. We accomplish this, in part, by sharing our financial reports, policies, and the organizational documents that guide us.

Financials & Policies