Mini-Grants, Maximum Impact


Librarians are champs at squeezing optimal value out of every dollar in a budget. Their ingenuity makes it a special pleasure to support local libraries through the Community Foundation Library Fund.  The fund was born in 2008, on the dissolution of the Broome Library Foundation. That group’s board asked the Community Foundation to take over Read more

For the Good of the Earth


Many small organizations in our region are working to preserve the environment and teach the public about conservation. We supported those efforts with several grants in 2018.  For instance, we awarded $3,259 to the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford. Named to honor Dr. Michael Kudish, who has been researching the natural history of Read more

Festival Lights up Hancock’s Summer Nights


Summer in the Village of Hancock has gained a new source of excitement since 2015, when the nonprofit Hancock Partners launched “Summer Nights on the Square,” a series of Friday night performances running from June to September. Locals and tourists, plus day-trippers from as far away as Binghamton, flock to the Hancock Town Square to Read more

Promoting Small-scale Agriculture


The largest of our counties geographically, Delaware County is made up of small towns and villages mostly linked by rural roads, with no dominant population center. But far-flung though they may be, the people of Delaware County keep us busy with terrific grant proposals. In Walton, for example, the Paul G. and Miriam B. Mattern Read more

Paul G. and Miriam B. Mattern Fund


The Paul G. and Miriam B. Mattern Fund supports projects that enrich the cultural life and/or the social well-being in its broadest sense, of the residents of the village and township of Walton, New York and welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations.

S.E.E.D.s of Hope Fund


S.E.E.D. (Stimulating. Exceptional. Ethical. Duty.) Planning Group helps businesses formulate strategies, including their plans for charitable giving. So chief executive officer Travis Maus knows full well how important it is to get younger people involved in philanthropy. The company established the new fund in July 2013.

What’s Good for the River is Good for Us All


Some Delaware County residents look at the Delaware River and think of the trout that abound in its waters. Others think of the money that visitors spend when they arrive for aquatic recreation. Some think of the costly havoc the river and its tributaries wreak when they overflow their banks. But many residents agree that Read more