Adirondack Foundation helped to bring together a small group of thoughtful committed citizens to discuss the challenges facing their community and talk about how together we could address changing needs. School and town budget cuts, increased use of local food pantries, preserving history, and senior citizens programs were just a few of their concerns.
So what role could Adirondack Foundation play? By establishing a Community Fund as a component of Adirondack Foundation, people could enjoy the benefits of having their own Community Trust without all the administrative fuss. Gifts of all sizes, large and small, from young and old could grow a permanent pool of dollars from which local Community Fund committee members could make grants to support local programs and projects. Community Funds open the door for people to come together to enhance a specific community.
Community Funds provide an ongoing, dependable philanthropic resource for the specific geographic areas they serve. Each Community Fund has a committee of active, connected community members that works to raise charitable dollars to grow the funds and that reviews and recommends grants through a competitive process. These community fund committee members expand our network of ambassadors and introduce Adirondack Foundation to a larger network of community members.