History

In 1994, The Tauck Family Foundation was founded by Arthur C. Tauck, Jr. to foster a legacy of giving and community involvement in Connecticut. The Foundation has grown and evolved over the years, and today the board includes multiple generations of family members, as well as a professional staff. The Tauck Family Foundation’s board is united in its pursuit of excellence, investing in non-profit organizations that create measurable change and opportunities for young people from Bridgeport, Connecticut to develop social and emotional skills and succeed.

1994-1999

Arthur created a family foundation to leverage his personal giving. Through the foundation, he supported a wide range of social services in Connecticut; established the Tauck Scholars Program for international study at Lehigh University, his alma mater; and invested in some public sites in North America. Arthur is the former President and current Chairman of the Board of Tauck, Inc., a family owned and operated luxury travel company based in Wilton, Connecticut.

2000-2009

With the goal of engaging his family in philanthropy, Arthur invited his five children and their spouses to join in the governance of the foundation. Liz Tauck Walters served as Managing Director. The strategic focus was on Youth Development grants for out-of-school time programs for youth from low-income families in regions where Tauck family members lived. A secondary focus was Destination Grants to fund historic and cultural preservation projects. In 2005, the Foundation launched Sparks, an original travel education program for middle school students from low-income families. 

2010-beyond

The Foundation initiates a new stage of growth under the leadership of its first non-family Executive Director. The board expands to include the “next generation” of family members, and four new board directors join. Staff and board embark on a Theory of Change process, and in 2012, the board adopts its new mission and approach to invest in building the capacity of organizations that develop social and emotional skills in Bridgeport's children. Beginning in 2013, the Foundation discontinues its previous grantmaking programs and focuses exclusively on this five-year strategy.