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…

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…

DeBoskey: Talking with philanthropist Bill Clinton about the power of giving

From the Denver Post, former President and current philanthropist Bill Clinton shares some of his thoughts on philanthropy, transparency in the nonprofit sector, and the role of individuals and businesses in community development: Q. After two terms as president, you could have done anything. Why did you choose philanthropy? A: After the life I’ve had,…

Renowned Speaker Dan Pallotta Challenged Region to Rethink Charitable Giving

From our friends at Saratoga Today: Representatives of nonprofits, businesses, and people interested in philanthropy traveled from as far as Hudson, N.Y. to hear nationally renowned TED Talk speaker Dan Pallotta challenge their thinking about charitable giving on Tuesday, April 21, at the Saratoga Springs City Center. His talk before a crowd of nearly 400…

Event: Dan Pallotta: If We Changed the Way We Think About Charity, Charity Could Change the World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:30 p.m. Registration | 2:00 p.m. Dan Pallotta 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway in Saratoga Springs $20 per person Click here to learn more and register! The eight-county Capital Region has a wealth of world-class cultural and creative assets. However, a 2014 research study conducted by…

Being a Philanthropist Without Money

From the Huffington Post: People say philanthropy is only for the rich. This is a lie. When anyone gives anything with good heart, he or she becomes a philanthropist — a conduit and a catalyst for love. Thanks to Google, I found an article from 1940 by Corinne Updegraff Wells. She gave a great example…