A catalyst for generosity and positive change

Adirondack Foundation acts as a catalyst for generosity, connecting people who have the resources and the desire to make a diffŒerence with the organizations that have the expertise to address a variety of challenges. We bring together disparate players to effŒect positive change.

“Many of us have wondered what impact we can have and what diŒfference we alone can make in our community,” said Rich Kroes, chair of the Generous Acts Fund. “Adirondack Foundation’s answer is pooled giving through the Generous Acts Fund.  Each donor’s gi‘ft is leveraged with those of others for the greatest possible positive impact on Adirondack communities.”

We applaud the hundreds of donors who give to our unrestricted fund, which will be an enduring legacy for our region. This year, the Generous Acts Fund awarded grants across three priority areas: early learning, quality of life for elders, and nonprofit capacity building. We also shared applications with our donors to inspire new giving.

We awarded 18 grants totaling $60,000 in 2016. This is just a sampling of the impressive projects that received funding. Check out our website and our upcoming annual report to learn more.


The Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country received a grant for its Recruitment Project to create at least 48 to 72 newly regulated and high-quality family child care “slots” in the underserved areas of the Adirondacks. This will mean that more families with young children can pursue employment and/or educational opportunities, knowing their children are in good hands.


A Generous Acts grant is funding professional development and training for the Community Friendship Volunteer Program. CFVP provides support to elderly people in northern Franklin County that is not available through other means. This includes companionship, spiritual care, tailored personal assistance, and health education to older adults living in their own homes or  other independent living communities.


Adirondack Community Outreach Center’s grant will go toward the purchase of an enclosed trailer for the food pantry in North Creek, which will increase their capacity for food transport from the Regional Food Bank distribution center, meeting greater demand as well as protecting the food in transit.