Dhimiter Cobani addresses his fellow scholars at the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's 2016 Scholarship Reception.

The Power of Opportunity

The Community Foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year (click here to view current scholarship opportunities). At our 2016 Scholarship Reception, Dhimiter Cobani, an Albany High School student from Albania, shared moving remarks on why his scholarship was so important, and how his experiences have shaped his future. Read his speech below to…

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…

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…

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's 2015 scholarship recipients.

Community Foundation Awards $500,000 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region celebrated more than 50 of the Capital Region’s most promising students at its annual Scholarship Reception, held Wednesday, July 22, at SUNY Polytech Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. More than 160 guests attended the inspiring event, which brought brings together students and their families with…