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Sandy Hook School Tragedy - How To Help

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has left families reeling from the senseless loss of a child, family member or friend and a community in mourning. Immediate support for the children and families in the Newtown community continues to be provided. In addition, long term efforts to address the ongoing needs of the community as well as the systemic issues raised by this tragedy are also a neccesity.

Donations and support

The Foundation is working with several families of victims and Newtown businesses and supporters to ensure charitable donations are directed appropriately. There are several ways to give through our donation page outlined below.

Support the Newtown Community

Donations to support the ongoing needs in the Newtown community can be directed to:

  • Taunton Press Newtown Children and Families Fund

Support Ongoing Needs and Memorial Funds

The Foundation is accepting contributions for:

  • Mary's Fund established in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School psychologist Mary Sherlach to support mental health services for children and teens throughout Fairfield County
  • The Grace McDonnell Memorial Fund established by the McDonnell family
  • Addressing the ongoing and systemic mental health issues in Fairfield County

Donate Online to one of these funds

To discuss how you can establish a charitable fund or make a specific philanthropic impact in response to the Sandy Hook School tragedy, email Fiona Hodgson, Vice President of Development and Marketing, or call her at 203.750.3200.



In the wake of the Sandy Hook School tragedy in Newtown, there is a fresh focus on the need for readily available and affordable mental health care throughout Fairfield County.

You can  join us in strengthening the mental health safety net for all residents. You will help struggling neighbors achieve mental and emotional stability, and, hopefully, avert future tragedies.

We will set aside funds in our Fairfield County Fund for Health and Wellness to support the mental health needs of young children to senior citizens.

Your contribution will help increase:
  • Early identification of behavioral and developmental issues in children and teens 
  • Treating young adults who feel alienated from society
  • Supporting families under stress
  • Attending to senior mental health
  • Collaboration and shared solutions among mental health providers, legislators and other stakeholders
  • Readily available and affordable quality mental health care
  • And more

You can make a secure online donation, or contact us for more information.


Donation FAQs

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Tax Implications: Neighborhood or social media fund raising can have tax implications for the donor and the beneficiaries. Always check with your tax advisor.

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Resources for Talking with your Children

The following resources may be helpful in speaking with your children about the school shooting in Newtown:

American Red Cross: "Recovering Emotionally"

Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services: Crisis Intervention Hotline

National Association of School Psychologists: "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers"

Save the Children: "How to Help Children cope with a Crisis"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: "Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event"