Almanack Contributor Cali Brooks

Cali Brooks

Cali Brooks is executive director of Adirondack Foundation. After working with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Asia, Central America and the United States, Cali returned to the Adirondacks to work with 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 has a BA from the Evergreen State College and master's degree from The School for International Training. She loves to ski and hike with her family. To get in touch with Cali, send an email to [email protected]


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. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cali Brooks: Report Highlights Importance of Nonprofits

Visitors at the Wild Center. Courtesy Adirondack Foundation. The nonprofit sector is vital to the economic health of our communities.  A 2013 report, conducted by Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network, showed that just 36 local nonprofits generated a $422 million annual economic impact to the region.

On Dec. 7, 2016, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released his “Profile of Nonprofit Organizations,” which reinforces the research we conducted three years ago. His findings show: » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cali Brooks: Feel Good About Giving

Adirondack GivesThe Adirondack region has over 750 nonprofit organizations listed with New York’s Department of State. This group, as a whole, does a number of things daily that touch all of our lives. Some organizations are protecting our life-sustaining environment for the future; many others are helping our youth grow up to be strong, responsible, contributing members of our community; some deal with the horrors of domestic abuse of women and children; and several agencies help those near the end of their lives.

In the small towns that make up most of the Adirondack region, the nonprofit sector is best represented by the people. When you give to a charity, an organization, or even an institution, what you’re really doing is supporting the people that make it tick. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Charitable Giving Tax Incentives At Risk

United_States_CapitolWe live in a generous country. Americans gave over $335 billion to charity last year, and the nonprofit sector had more than $3 trillion in assets. Generous people love to get involved, volunteer, and support good causes. Federal tax laws encourage individuals and families to give to charitable organizations, but these incentives are at risk.

The Council on Foundation anticipates the 2015 Congress will continue to focus on reducing the federal budget deficit through spending cuts, entitlement reforms, and changes to the tax code. The president, senators, representatives, bipartisan commissions, and think tanks have all put forward plans to address these issues, and many propose changing the charitable giving incentive one way or another.

No one knows the true impact that any of these proposals will have on the ability of organizations to raise the resources needed to provide the programs and services that fulfill their missions and often times do what government can’t or won’t do.

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