Jon Elbaum (left) executive director of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, with Dr. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, artistic director for Albany Pro Musica

“This Was a Game-Changer”: Albany Pro Musica and Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

In 2015, the Community Foundation awarded $17,500 Community Impact grant for a collaboration between Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (TSBMH) and Albany Pro Musica (APM). The goal of the collaboration? Establishing Albany Pro Musica as the chorus-in-residence for Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. “Becoming the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Chorus-in-Residence was a game-changer for…

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…

New Volunteer Connection Website from United Way

From our friends at United Way of the Greater Capital Region, for our nonprofit friends: United Way has developed a local volunteer matching website to help nonprofit organizations recruit volunteers. Visit http://www.unitedtovolunteer.org to complete a nonprofit agency profile! United Way will promote the Volunteer Center to community members interested in donating their time and talent.…

Grant Money

A Foundation CEO’s Six-Step Formula for Winning a Grant

Click here to read a great article from Grantspace.org on helpful tips for writing successful grant applications. Among their tips: Mind the Letter of Inquiry (or pre-app, as we say here at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region) Target the right foundation Pique the program officer (i.e. make your grant proposal interesting and…

Schenectady JCC Seeks Development Associate

Our friends at the Schenectady JCC are looking for a Development Associate to join their team. The Development Associate reports to the Executive Director (ED) and will manage all aspects of the SJCC’s year-round fundraising efforts and board governance. S/he will also collaborate closely with Senior Program Staff on external communications and marketing, including print…

Grantee Spotlight: “If It Weren’t for the Community Foundation, We Wouldn’t Be Here”

At the June 2016 press conference announcing a new, major partnership with Albany Medical Center, Baby Institute executive director Noelene Smith, MSW, began her remarks by stating, “If it weren’t for the Community Foundation, we wouldn’t be here.” Smith founded the Baby Institute in 2009 to help Albany’s parents prepare their kids for success in…