Adirondack Foundation Forming Critical Partnerships in the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27, 2020

In short order, Adirondack Foundation has mobilized foundation and business partners and gathered community-based organizations around a regional COVID 19 response effort. The virus threatens the health of our communities in multiple ways. Not only is it a burden on our health care infrastructure, but also on the livelihoods of our neighbors as businesses temporarily shutter and tourism grinds to a halt. Early conversations focused on assistance with food supply, childcare for essential workers, care of the elderly and support of the rapidly expanding jobless population.

The Special + Urgent Needs (SUN) Fund releases its first round of COVID-19 response grants

Adirondack Foundation has re-activated its Special and Urgent Needs Fund (SUN Fund), fortifying it with over $400,000 thanks to its partnerships with Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Charles R. Wood Foundation, Adirondack Energy’s Adirondacks for Kids, Champlain National Bank and United Way of the Adirondacks—as well as gifts from multiple donors in and beyond our community.  An Emergency Philanthropy Team has already gathered to decide the SUN Fund’s first round of grants—quickly responding to 17 grant requests totaling over $230,000 that came to us within hours of posting the application. Over $84,000 in support is being sent out on Friday, March 27. Read more here. 

Please consider supporting the SUN Fund, as we will have multifold grant requests over the upcoming months.

Sun Fund Grant Applications
We cannot accept grant requests in support of individuals or for-profit businesses at this time. The team is prioritizing support of agencies providing food, organizations assisting the elderly and providing childcare, and efforts to help the growing ranks of low wage unemployed. Our community needs are significant and skyrocketing as the virus takes hold and schools and businesses finish their second week of closure. Apply here

Adirondack Nonprofit Network: Convening nonprofits to strategize and support each other
Our Adirondack Nonprofit Network has hosted two video calls since New York State mandated social distancing. Representatives from dozens of organizations have used these calls to strategize as this crisis mounts and extend support as our nonprofit community adjusts to a new normal of video calls and working from temporary silos. Discussion topics have ranged from how to carry out missions with scattered staff, best approaches for communicating with donors in this climate, and collaborating to help frontline organizations provide help.

"Bringing together the ANN network to discuss COVID-19 response has highlighted the collaborative strength of this group. Coming together to be able to share ideas, responses, and opportunities has been uplifting and hopeful during these uncertain times. There is so much resilience in this group of inspiring people and together we will troubleshoot and persevere," said Lindsay Yost, Program Director. 

Nationwide COVID-19 Response: U.S. Community Foundations Round Up Over $264 M in Philanthropy
Complementing the state and federal aid being assembled to combat the surge of the virus and create a safety net in the aftermath of a worldwide economic downturn, Community Foundations have motivated private foundations and individual donors to help our communities with immediate support. With their expertise in identifying local needs and mobilizing philanthropy, community foundations are filling a critical funding gap now. Read more here. 

Giving and granting continues
Even though our staff is working remotely, we are in touch every day with generous donors, nonprofits and local leaders. In addition to SUN Fund COVID-19 response grants, we are also issuing grants from both donor advised funds and an initial round from Generous Acts. Here is the combined list of grants issued this week.   

  • Adirondack Community Action Programs | Digitizing the Child and Adult Care Food Program | child care providers
  • Adirondack Community Outreach Center | food backpack program
  • Adirondack Health Foundation | Guardian Angel Fund
  • | Emergency Food Packages
  • Alice Hyde Hospital Association Foundation | essential life-saving cardiac equipment
  • Behavioral Health Services North | Healthy Families Clinton and Franklin Counties
  • Bluseed Studios | spring free creative enrichment classes
  • Champlain Children's Learning Center | building independence and self-help skills for toddlers | essential funding for Child Care Services during COVID-19 crisis
  • Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country | Circle time project and child care providers
  • Clinton County Child Advocacy Center | mock-up play area to help reduce the number of farming accidents & fatalities among NNY children
  • Ecumenical Council of Saranac Lake | Samaritan House support | Emergency Heating Assistance Fund
  • Family Counseling Center of Fulton County | Behavioral Health Clinic support
  • Field & Fork Network | Double Up Food Bucks program
  • Foodbank of Central New York | Clifton Fine Food Backpack Pantry
  • Hub on the Hill/ANCA |Mobile Market & Emergency Food Package Delivery
  • Hudson Headwaters Health Network Foundation | VitalTALK: Palliative Care training and teen health
  • Indian Lake Central School District | food backpack program
  • JCEO of Clinton & Franklin Counties | COVID-19 response for food pantries
  • Kids R Us Early Learning Center | child care program for essential workers
  • Lake Placid Central School District | providing food for Lake Placid families as a result of COVID-19
  • Lakeside School | electrical repairs for early childhood mud room
  • Little Peaks Inc | payroll assistance/salary relief to continue services through virtual teaching
  • Malone Central School District | Back to School Free Shopping program
  • Mental Health Association of Franklin County | to support basic needs
  • Mercy Care for the Adirondacks | Age Friendly Communities Initiative
  • Minerva Food Pantry | reducing food insecurity
  • North Country Ministry | box truck funding
  • North Country Public Radio |in support COVID Radio Response
  • Northwood School | COVID-19 response
  • Plattsburgh Family YMCA | child care for emergency and essential employees children |After School Enrichment Center
  • Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks | resiliency support during epidemic
  • Saranac Lake Central School District | Essential Child Care Tuition, Family Need
  • Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry | unrestricted support
  • Servants of the Word Inc., dba The Open Door Mission | Growth Track-Step 4
  • Special and Urgent Needs Fund at Adirondack Foundation | for COVID-19 response
  • The Salvation Army-Empire State Division |COVID-19 emergency response for individuals within the Adirondack Park
  • The University of Vermont Foundation | Rubenstein School of Enviro & Natural Resources Dean's Discretionary Fund
  • Ticonderoga Central School District | Food Backpack program | home delivery of meals
  • Tupper Lake Community Food Pantry | COVID-19 response
  • Warren-Hamilton County Community Action Agency | support and promote nutritional opportunities
  • Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corps | patient monitor replacement
  • Young Life | Young Life Breakfast program


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