Your community foundation turns 20
In this, our 20th year, we celebrated the people of the Adirondack region. The people who care and who give. The people who show up, speak up, and do what needs to be done.
As your community foundation, we invest and engage in all areas that matter to our community—young children, elders, schools, economic development—but the heart of all this work, indeed the reason behind all we do, is the people of the Adirondack region. We at Adirondack Foundation are honored to be serving and working alongside so many people who care about the future.
Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has grown tremendously. Since our inception in 1997, we have come to know the communities and their needs and we’ve made grants of more than $30 million to organizations providing essential services across the region.
We developed the Generous Acts Fund to respond to community needs, created cutting edge programs like the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance for young children and their families, and Adirondacks Gives, a crowdfunding website that has helped nonprofits and communities raise over $230,000 for projects and causes. We established a legacy program, improved service to donors and educational programs for the region’s nonprofit organizations, and, thanks to your generosity, we have been entrusted with an asset pool of $54 million.
Our future vision includes strong, just, and inclusive communities, where informed residents are engaged and participate in civic and community life—where education, quality health care, cultural enrichment, economic opportunity, and food and housing security are available to all. A future where environmental resources are protected. This vision calls us to a higher purpose and binds our generations together. It unfolds in the stories you will read in this report and keeps us moving forward.
We believe we can realize our vision because of you—your dedication to the region’s communities and nonprofits, your service as Board members, sta, volunteers, and your service as elected oicials and good neighbors.
Every minute we spend with our children and grandchildren, bring companionship to an elder, welcome a visitor to the Adirondacks for the first time, encourage a young person to reach for her full potential—we are getting a little closer to that vision. Together we will keep to this task of building our communities and we will do it always with civility, compassion, and in the spirit of collaboration. Today, tomorrow, and always.
- Cali Brooks, President & CEO, Adirondack Foundation