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

Great Music, Close Up and Personal


Photos shows performer, Greg Greenway, on stage and the audience applauding.

A small town can play a big role in a region’s cultural life. That’s surely true of Norwich, Oxford and Oneonta, each of which hosts a musical series or venue that draws fans from miles around. Recent grants from the Community Foundation have helped small, volunteer-powered organizations in these places enrich the local arts scene Read more

Tackling Rural Housing Issues


Otsego Rural Housing Assistance (ORHA) helps homeowners of modest means stay in their homes and keep those dwellings comfortable and safe. Although Otsego County is small—with only about 60,000 people—the need for housing assistance there seems almost limitless, says Timothy Peters, executive director of ORHA, in Cooperstown.  Beyond Cooperstown and Oneonta, Otsego is largely an 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

Where Sparks Fly


To you, the Harris Memorial Library might be simply a building full of books. Library director Anne Ohman sees things differently: to her, it’s “a place full of sparks.” People come to the library, in the Village of Otego, because of the sparks they have inside—a question someone wants answered, a book someone wants to Read more

Preserving Otsego History


Otsego was the last of the five counties to join the Community Foundation’s service area. We added it in 2007 because a potential donor there wanted to start a fund, and Otsego had no community foundation to serve that need. Since then, we’ve supported a broad range of projects in Otsego County, focused on history, Read more

Selrahc Scholarship Fund


The Edward L. Rose Conservancy was founded in 1986 to protect land, preserve natural habitat and increase public awareness through education, research and outreach programs. Your donations support priority land conservation projects as well as environmental programs for youth and families in the Southern Tier.

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.