Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cali Brooks: Working Together For Our Community

In the town of Minerva, Suzanne Crouse and Carol Frazier help to lead the Sleeping Giants Senior Program, which supports community members who are aging in place. This program provides social and emotional connections that also help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation. A recent grant from Adirondack Foundation – made through its Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region – is helping to offset the cost of educational field trips that would be beyond the logistical and financial means for some of the group’s members.

This story, along with countless others like it, demonstrates how community foundations are uniquely positioned to improve their regions by harnessing the power of giving to support people and communities. This week, November 12 – 18, is Community Foundation Week, and Thursday, November 15, is National Philanthropy Day – making it a good time to reflect on the ways community foundations bring people together around common values.

Adirondack Foundation and the more than 795 community foundations across the country help to connect generous donors with the causes they care about in the places they love. In short, community foundations help the places we call home continue to flourish and grow.

Adirondack Foundation works every day to connect people, ideas, and resources to strengthen our communities while embracing differences and encouraging collaboration. We make grants to nonprofits, schools and communities, and award scholarships to students. We deploy social, political, human, moral, and reputational capital to make our region even stronger, through work like leading the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance and Adirondack Nonprofit Network.

As we enter the giving season, millions of people will be looking to give back to the communities that have supported them. They’ll also look to ensure that their heartfelt giving – however they choose to give – will have the most impact. That’s why so many of them will choose to give to a community foundation.

A gift to your local community foundation is an investment in the future of your community. We like to say that community foundations are “here for good.” At Adirondack Foundation, our Generous Acts Fund offers donors of all giving levels the opportunity to join together to make good things happen locally.

During Community Foundation Week, we hope you’ll join us in recognizing our collective impact and the difference we can make together. We encourage you share your dreams and ideas with us for a better Adirondacks today, tomorrow, and always. For more information, visit Adirondack Foundation’s website, call (518) 523-9904, email, or connect with us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Cali Brooks is president & CEO of Adirondack Foundation. After working with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Asia, Central America, and the United States, Cali returned home to the Adirondacks and worked for the HKH Foundation where she conducted a survey to assess the economic, social, cultural, and environmental strengths of the Adirondack region. She then joined the Public Affairs office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. She and her family live in and love the Adirondacks.

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