Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region At the Community Foundation, we are inspired every day by the people and organizations that come together to enhance the quality of life in our community.

The mission of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is to strengthen our community through philanthropy. We do this in collaboration with donors and community partners who share our vision for community transformation through stewardship of charitable endowments, superior donor services, effective grantmaking, and leadership to address community needs.

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The second session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm. The s...
05/19/2021

The second session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm. The session is FREE to attend but registration is required. Current nonprofit leaders committed to building inclusive spaces are encouraged to attend. The session will not be recorded, but key points will be shared after the session.
Register and learn more on our website: https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/
Missed the first session? Visit our website to view the slides and recorded presentation.

The second session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm. The session is FREE to attend but registration is required. Current nonprofit leaders committed to building inclusive spaces are encouraged to attend. The session will not be recorded, but key points will be shared after the session.
Register and learn more on our website: https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/
Missed the first session? Visit our website to view the slides and recorded presentation.

It’s #518Day! Our team is out of the office participating in a virtual 5K this afternoon!    United Way of the Greater C...
05/18/2021

It’s #518Day! Our team is out of the office participating in a virtual 5K this afternoon! United Way of the Greater Capital Region
Our team is 100% vaccinated. Get your vaccine TODAY at the 518 Vaccine Clinic at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy! Register here: https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/plEoog

It’s #518Day! Our team is out of the office participating in a virtual 5K this afternoon! United Way of the Greater Capital Region
Our team is 100% vaccinated. Get your vaccine TODAY at the 518 Vaccine Clinic at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy! Register here: https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/plEoog

The Community Foundation has partnered with Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank and together, we are proud to feature Christi...
05/13/2021

The Community Foundation has partnered with Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank and together, we are proud to feature Christina Farinacci-Roberts and Anniedi Essien to present at the second session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series. Christina is a learning architect, diversity and inclusion strategist, and 20 year veteran educator who is passionate about driving equity and excellence for all. Anniedi is a Chief Swagger Officer, Health Disruptor and Keynote Speaker dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, organizations, and communities. These two presenters partnered together to create W.I.D.E. Dynamic Dialogues providing an innovative framework that is more responsive to the emerging needs of a diverse workforce. Their holistic and human-centered approach to leadership development, executive coaching, workshops and training offers a cutting-edge solution for individual and organizational flourishing. They believe Equity can only be achieved when Diversity is present, Inclusion is prioritized, and Wellness is realized.

The program will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 2 to 4 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. Learn more or register at: https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The Community Foundation has partnered with Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank and together, we are proud to feature Christina Farinacci-Roberts and Anniedi Essien to present at the second session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series. Christina is a learning architect, diversity and inclusion strategist, and 20 year veteran educator who is passionate about driving equity and excellence for all. Anniedi is a Chief Swagger Officer, Health Disruptor and Keynote Speaker dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, organizations, and communities. These two presenters partnered together to create W.I.D.E. Dynamic Dialogues providing an innovative framework that is more responsive to the emerging needs of a diverse workforce. Their holistic and human-centered approach to leadership development, executive coaching, workshops and training offers a cutting-edge solution for individual and organizational flourishing. They believe Equity can only be achieved when Diversity is present, Inclusion is prioritized, and Wellness is realized.

The program will be held on Wednesday, May 26, from 2 to 4 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. Learn more or register at: https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The Community Foundation team was proud to support YWCA’s 2021 Ride Against Racism! #rideagainstracism #whyiride
05/11/2021

The Community Foundation team was proud to support YWCA’s 2021 Ride Against Racism! #rideagainstracism #whyiride

The Community Foundation team was proud to support YWCA’s 2021 Ride Against Racism! #rideagainstracism #whyiride

The Community Foundation is grateful to the following funding partners that generously invested in the Foundation’s Incl...
04/23/2021

The Community Foundation is grateful to the following funding partners that generously invested in the Foundation’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action initiatives including the upcoming Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series:
Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management
Berkshire Bank
Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
MVP Health Care
SEFCU
Linda and Michael Toohey

The first session of the series will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The Community Foundation is grateful to the following funding partners that generously invested in the Foundation’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action initiatives including the upcoming Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series:
Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management
Berkshire Bank
Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
MVP Health Care
SEFCU
Linda and Michael Toohey

The first session of the series will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The first session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series is approaching. Current nonprofit leaders committed to buildin...
04/21/2021

The first session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series is approaching. Current nonprofit leaders committed to building inclusive spaces within board leadership are encouraged to attend. During Session 1, participants will learn the historical context of systemic oppression in the United States to better understand the need for change; review the common language of diversity, equity, and inclusion terminology; and identify ways to build a case for DEI and develop their change management strategy.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The first session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series is approaching. Current nonprofit leaders committed to building inclusive spaces within board leadership are encouraged to attend. During Session 1, participants will learn the historical context of systemic oppression in the United States to better understand the need for change; review the common language of diversity, equity, and inclusion terminology; and identify ways to build a case for DEI and develop their change management strategy.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The Community Foundation and Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank are proud to partner with Katheen McLean of the McLean Group...
04/19/2021

The Community Foundation and Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank are proud to partner with Katheen McLean of the McLean Group to present the first session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series. Ms. McLean is a sought-after motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves organizations and her community with compassion and integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passions.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

The Community Foundation and Angela Dixon of Berkshire Bank are proud to partner with Katheen McLean of the McLean Group to present the first session of the Nonprofit Board Inclusion Series. Ms. McLean is a sought-after motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator and executive coach who serves organizations and her community with compassion and integrity, inspiring each individual to be more, do more and follow their passions.

The program will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. The session is FREE to attend and registration is required. https://www.cfgcr.org/nonprofit-board-inclusion-training-series/

04/12/2021

Happy wishes to all those celebrating Ramadan this month.

04/08/2021

Last week we shared congratulations to our inaugural Catalysts for Change Leadership Program Class. As part of the program, the Community Foundation invited our graduates to further demonstrate their passion and values by selecting a nonprofit organization to receive a grant in their honor.
The following organizations received grants in honor of a Catalysts graduate: Radix Ecological Sustainability Center, Working Group on Girls of Schenectady, Inc., GLSEN - Upstate NY Chapter, The Red Bookshelf, United Tenants of Albany, Capital Region West Indian Association, YouthFX, Capital Region Human Resource Association, 15-LOVE, Peaceful Acres Horses, Alliance for the Creative Economy, Sunhee’s Community Place, South End Children's Cafe

In the days ahead we have so much to look forward to, including our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy on September 23, 20...
04/06/2021

In the days ahead we have so much to look forward to, including our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy on September 23, 2021.
At the heart of our commitment to our community are the nonprofits that support and uplift our neighbors.
We are looking forward to reconnecting with you in-person at our annual Celebration, to be held outdoors at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, a nonprofit organization located in the city of Saratoga Springs.

In the days ahead we have so much to look forward to, including our 2021 Celebration of Philanthropy on September 23, 2021.
At the heart of our commitment to our community are the nonprofits that support and uplift our neighbors.
We are looking forward to reconnecting with you in-person at our annual Celebration, to be held outdoors at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, a nonprofit organization located in the city of Saratoga Springs.

04/04/2021

Happy Easter to our Christian community members.

04/03/2021

Warm wishes to many who are celebrating Passover this week.

04/02/2021

To highlight board service opportunities for our Catalysts graduates and other community leaders, the Foundation conducted a survey; inviting nonprofit organizations to share their information to be included on a list of IDEA-committed organizations seeking BIPOC individuals for board service.

The Community Foundation received over 100 submissions and this resource is now available on our website. The listing is a user-friendly and up-to-date Google spreadsheet that can be downloaded and sorted to suit the user's needs. You can find the survey on our website at https://www.cfgcr.org/idea

Are you interested in joining our team? The Community Foundation is growing and looking to add a part time staff account...
04/01/2021

Are you interested in joining our team? The Community Foundation is growing and looking to add a part time staff accountant to work directly with the CFO to support our daily operations. This is an in-person position and offers a flexible schedule during our 9-5 workday. For more information and to learn how to apply please visit http://www.cfgcr.org/employment

Are you interested in joining our team? The Community Foundation is growing and looking to add a part time staff accountant to work directly with the CFO to support our daily operations. This is an in-person position and offers a flexible schedule during our 9-5 workday. For more information and to learn how to apply please visit http://www.cfgcr.org/employment

Together with our funding partners, please join us in congratulating the inaugural class of the Catalysts for Change Lea...
03/31/2021

Together with our funding partners, please join us in congratulating the inaugural class of the Catalysts for Change Leadership Program on their recent graduation.
Amanda Boyd, MA, Ginny Casper, Phylicia Coley, MS.Ed, Paul Collins-Hackett (Batman), Erika Endres, Ebony Mayo, Zilpa Oduor, Keshana Owens-Cody, Khadijah Peek, J.D., M.S., Jen Pincus, MPA, Michael Snyder, Gladys Valverde, Danika Vittorio, MBA

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03/24/2021

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The Community Foundation and the Rubin Community Health Fund are proud to support the work of The Northeast Kidney Found...
03/23/2021

The Community Foundation and the Rubin Community Health Fund are proud to support the work of The Northeast Kidney Foundation and their work in the Capital Region. During National Kidney Month, take a moment to understand how to take care of your kidneys

The Community Foundation and the Rubin Community Health Fund are proud to support the work of The Northeast Kidney Foundation and their work in the Capital Region. During National Kidney Month, take a moment to understand how to take care of your kidneys

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region joins in condemning the murders of 8 people, including 7 women, ...
03/19/2021

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region joins in condemning the murders of 8 people, including 7 women, 6 of them Asian, in Atlanta on Wednesday. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones as well as those who continue to live in fear and trauma from the racism and violence that exists today. No human should live in fear for themselves or their children.
Simply saying we are heartbroken is not enough. As individuals, as communities and as a nation, we need to reflect on our own commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and the rights and safety of every person in this nation. Together, we can ensure that empathy and equity is imbedded in all that we do.
We remain committed to advocating for, promoting, funding, and supporting equitable policies and practices that ensure justice, safety, and access to opportunities for everyone in our community. #stopaapihate #hateisavirus

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region joins in condemning the murders of 8 people, including 7 women, 6 of them Asian, in Atlanta on Wednesday. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones as well as those who continue to live in fear and trauma from the racism and violence that exists today. No human should live in fear for themselves or their children.
Simply saying we are heartbroken is not enough. As individuals, as communities and as a nation, we need to reflect on our own commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and the rights and safety of every person in this nation. Together, we can ensure that empathy and equity is imbedded in all that we do.
We remain committed to advocating for, promoting, funding, and supporting equitable policies and practices that ensure justice, safety, and access to opportunities for everyone in our community. #stopaapihate #hateisavirus

03/18/2021

We at Bikeatoga are so grateful to be recipients of The Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region! This group funds a lot of awesome community projects, and we are thrilled to use our grant to purchase safety equipment and workshop supplies. Bikeatoga is volunteer-run and is funded with donations and grants like this that make it possible for us to operate a used bike workshop with events, educational efforts, and kids bike giveaways.

The photo here features Brad Beal, our Treasurer and all-star mechanic, showing off the check! 🚲 ❤️

Upcoming Grant Deadlines:The following two grant applications are due TOMORROW, March 18. Bender Scientific Fund: Grants...
03/17/2021
Upcoming Grant Deadlines - The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Upcoming Grant Deadlines:
The following two grant applications are due TOMORROW, March 18.
Bender Scientific Fund: Grants for research, bio-technology, lab medicine, forensic medicine, science, math, and/or youth programs.
Bender Family Foundation: Grants for programs in arts, culture, education, history and/or environment that will serve individuals located within 30 miles of Albany NY.
To learn more and apply visit our website:

2021 Competitive Grant Materials and Guidelines Click here for 2021 Grant Guidelines Click here for the 2021 Grant Schedule Please note: Our applications work best in... Read more »

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2 Tower Pl
Albany, NY
12203

General information

Impact In 2017, the Community Foundation awarded more than $5 million in grants to 1,300+ nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region and across the country, and in scholarships to local students. Since inception, we have invested nearly $70 million in our communities through grant and scholarship funding. Our grant funding achieves meaningful, measurable results and leverages significant investments from other foundations, donors, and government sources. Service With 400 separate charitable funds, the Community Foundation works closely with its donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. Individuals, families, organizations, and businesses create funds at the Foundation to support their charitable interests, serve as leaders in their communities, and affect change. We assist donors in making meaningful investments in our community in whatever manner suits them. Flexibility is our greatest asset. Information The Community Foundation commissions fresh research, issues reports, and supports the sharing of best practices and challenges in the not-for-profit sector. Gatherings around key issues bring people and groups together to find solutions to community challenges. Assets The Community Foundation’s assets currently total $65 million. These charitable assets are professionally managed to safeguard principal and yield a competitive rate of return. Oversight of endowed assets is provided by a volunteer Investment Committee which includes top financial and investment experts. Integrity The Community Foundation is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, voluntarily adopting policies and procedures to guarantee that we conduct business not only legally, but ethically and according to best practices. Governance & Staff The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, representing diverse backgrounds, interests, and professional expertise. Foundation staff members work closely with donors, grantees, community leaders, government agencies, and businesses to ensure the Community Foundation effectively meets community needs.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(518) 446-9638

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WOULD LIKE TO SUBMITTED A LETTER TO THE FOUNDATION IN THE FUTURE, COULD I HAVE THE NAME OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AND DO YOU HAVE GRANTS THAT CHURCHES/RELIGIOUS ORDERS CAN APPLY FOR. THANK YOU