Announcing the Hortense and Louis Rubin Community Health Fund at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Community Foundation Receives $7.25 Million Gift for Creation of Rubin Community Health Fund; Gift is one of the largest in Community Foundation’s history

**Nonprofit friends: Interested in receiving notices about grant funding opportunities from the Rubin Community Health Fund? Join our e-mail list by clicking here!** The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is thrilled to announce that we are the recipient of an initial $7.25 million gift from the Hortense and Louis Rubin Dialysis Center, which…

Kids have a great summer at Catholic Charities’ Camp Scully in Wynantskill. Since 2010, the McCarthy Charities have funded dozens of “camperships” for local children from low-income familes, making it possible for them to attend Camp Scully.

McCarthy Charities Celebrates 100 Years of Community Support for Rensselaer County

The McCarthy Charities, a private family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Rensselaer County, recently celebrated 100 years of grantmaking and community support. “Our family is incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to participate in philanthropy at such a high level,” said Lucy McCarthy, President of the McCarthy Charities Board. “We have…

The Almanac of American Philanthropy

A great new resource for donors and nonprofits! How philanthropy fuels American success, history and major achievements of philanthropy, great men and women of American philanthropy, current giving stats and more. (And you can view all content for free online!) From the Almanac of American Philanthropy: Philanthropy in America is a giant undertaking—every year, more…

Mr. Smith, age 75, has accumulated approximately $2,000,000 in his IRA accounts. He has other sources of wealth and has plans to leave a sizable estate to his heirs and charity. Under this law, Mr. Smith can create a fund at the community foundation to address the causes he cares about most by transferring IRA funds tax free. Mr. Smith can transfer up to $100,000 in 2015. In addition, if Mr. Smith is married, his wife can also make similar gifts from her IRA accounts, impacting the community in ways personal, unique and enduring.

Congress Signs IRA Charitable Rollover into Permanent Law

To make an IRA distribution through the Community Foundation, or to learn more, please call the Foundation at (518) 446-9638. There is good news for Community Foundation donors in their 70s… and for the communities and causes they care about. On December 18, Congress passed the PATH Act, which renews and makes permanent the Charitable…

5 lessons learned exploring best giving practices

From Bruce DeBoskey’s “On Philanthropy” column in the Denver Post: Although philanthropy is a deeply personal and highly individualized endeavor, here are the top five broadly applicable lessons I’ve learned: 1. Look through two lenses… 2. Engage others… 3. Go deep, not wide… 4. Deploy all philanthropically committed capital for mission… 5. Give boldly; start…