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…

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…

Oak Street Park Albany Community Foundation

Community Foundation Supports Park Project in Albany’s West Hill

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region is pleased to provide support through the Standish Family Fund and the John D. Picotte Family Foundation for this important project.  The Foundation, and these two funds are committed to community and neighborhood development in the City of Albany, and find this project to exemplify what positive…

6 Philanthropy Trends to Watch

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: Giving: Back From Its Recession Depths “Giving USA” researchers last summer predicted that annual charitable giving in 2015 might top its pre-recession peak of $350-billion. Despite stock-market volatility and weaknesses in the global economy, experts say we’re headed for another year of increased giving, thanks in part to an acceleration…

From Sage Hill: Are Our Children Thankful For Their Inheritance?

An inspiring Thanksgiving message about family philanthropy by Philip J. Toffel, Esq., CEO of Sage Hill Advisory & Management: I find that many of my friends, family and I truly think about how thankful we are … for the somewhat obvious health, happiness, friends, family…but also, in many cases, thankful to have been taught and mentored to feel good about…

Raised Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

From 21/64: What We’re Reading

Raised Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Lessons from Successful Inheritors on How They Got That Way Coventry Edwards-Pitt (BP Books, 2014); Reviewed by Sara Finkelstein Order from 21/64 and Amazon. At 21/64, many clients ask us how to think about raising well-adjusted children amid affluence. Raised Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Lessons from Successful Inheritors on How They…

Family Foundations Let the Affluent Leave a Legacy

From the New York Times: According to the most recent statistics, the number of family foundations like the Cordes Foundation has exploded since 2001. There are now over 40,000 family foundations in the United States, making grants totaling more than $21.3 billion a year, up from about 3,200 family foundations doling out $6.8 billion in…