Rooted in Community: the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Our new video: Rooted in Community

How do community foundations strengthen their communities through philanthropy? View this short video to see how the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is helping protect the farms that feed us, assisting donors in making a difference, and supporting the fight against homelessness. Featuring Community Foundation President & CEO John G. Eberle, and friends…

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…

From the Nation: The Future of Philanthropy

What is the future of philanthropy? Can philanthropists drive changes in public policy? Can foundations and grantmakers drive substantial economic and cultural benefits for all? The Nation’s new long read explores views on the future of philanthropy from Daniel Lurie, CEO of Tipping Point Community, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, and Darren Walker, President of…

The Importance of Being Generous

A little philanthropic inspiration via Entrepreneur: “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes Have you ever noticed that the happiest people you know are also the ones who bring the most happiness to others? Just as St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is in…

GuideStar Redesigns Charity Profiles to Emphasize Results

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Starting today, gone are the static pie charts and other design elements that often served as preliminary snapshots for grant makers and others seeking information. They have been replaced with interactive data visualizations that illustrate charities’ revenue and expenses over many years and others that show the demographic makeups of…

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…