• Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm in Essex Spring Fling
  • Refrigerator with sign that says "Made possible by Adirondack Foundation"
  • Fund at Lakeside School's Spring Fling
  • A first-grader at Ticonderoga Central School in the classroom
  • A man visits North Country Ministry's food pantry at the YMCA Adirondack Center

This is How We Come Together for Good in the Adirondacks...

Explore how generous people, nonprofits, and neighbors from across the Adirondacks and North Country come together to problem-solve, overcome disparities, dream bigger dreams, and much more. Use the form below to share your community-oriented, philanthropically based good news.

Generous Acts in Action

It’s one thing to say that community-building work starts with generosity and quite another to show what that looks like. These stories dig deeper into the essential roles nonprofits play in our communities. If you're an Adirondack nonprofit or student, click below to learn about grant and scholarship opportunities, or learn more about what we fund.

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  • Adirondack Diversity Initiative Executive Director Nicky Hylton-Patterson speaks at a Black Lives Matter rally in Saranac Lake.
    At the Intersection of Social and Environmental Justice

    Making the Adirondacks a more welcoming and inclusive place for both residents and visitors is at the heart of the Adirondack Diversity Iniative’s work. Learn about how Executive Director Nicky Hylton-Pattersonand ADI are working to build cultural consciousness through meaningful, authentic dialogue in our communities. 

    Learn More About Nicky + ADI's Work
  • X-Chromes at Otis Mountain
    Beyond Trails

    For 35 years, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) has been working to connect and nurture community-based trail systems, covering 125 miles and counting. Learn about how their positive impacts have had ripple effects that are helping to build more connected communities - and how the Foundation is helping them through Generous Acts.

    Learn More About BETA
  • Dr. Tracey Henderson is Reach Out and Read’s Medical Champion for the Tupper Lake program
    Love of Books Starts at the Doctor's Office

    Reach Out and Read partners with pediatricians across the country to provide new, free books to children birth to five as part of their well-child checkups. See how local Reach Out and Read Medical Champion Dr. Tracey Henderson  is working with the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance to help bridge the achievement gap by promoting positive family reading experiences and habits.

    Learn More About Reach Out and Read
  • A first-grader at Ticonderoga Central School in the classroom
    Schools in the Time of COVID-19

    Remote learning. Hybrid schedules. Limited extracurricular activities. These things are taking a social, emotional, and academic toll on students as the coronavirus pandemic has upended everyone’s life. Learn about what local school administrators are seeing and what you can do to help Adirondack students who are struggling.

    Read More about COVID's Impact
  • A man visits North Country Ministry's food pantry at the YMCA Adirondack Center
    Offering a Hand of Hope

    North Country Ministry lives up to its motto of "offering a hand of hope" every day. This past year they provided nearly $100,000 in economic aid, largely to alleviate pandemic-related hardship, to community members in need. Learn more about their work, which we proudly support through Generous Acts and the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region. 

    Read about North Country Ministry
  • A woman wearing a mask loads boxes onto a truck.
    Fresh Food, New Ideas, Creative Collaboration

    Between April and August 2020, 40,000+ emergency food packages had been delivered to the doorsteps of people with limited income or experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic. See how AdkAction and Hub on the Hill made it possible with help from Adirondack Foundation and other funding partners.

    Read About the Project's Impact

Giving Inspiration + Ideas

Find real stories about the motivations and rewards of giving with the Foundation to support local communities – to create impact – from Generous Acts champions to fundholders and members of our Legacy Family. Or dive deeper into the various ways you can give back to the Adirondack region

Learn More About Giving Back

  • Hands holding rock engraved with the word give in water
    Secure 2.0 Act: Potential QCD Impacts

    The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved HR 2954, the "Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022," which could make significant changes to a popular charitable giving vehicle, the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). We are keeping a close watch on this as it progresses through Congress. Read our initial takeaways here.

    Read Our Initial Takeaways
  • Bill and Dale Creighton at their home on Lake George
    Retirement Benefits

    Bill and Dale Creighton knew giving back to their home in Lake George and the broader Adirondack region would be a key part of their retirement. Learn how Bill is sharing time and talent to help Adirondack Foundation reach a new level, including making a commitment to support Generous Acts through unrestricted giving. 

    Meet the Creightons
  • Craig and Connie Weatherup
    Filling in the Blanks

    Craig and Connie Weatherup give from the heart to help the Adirondacks thrive. Learn how the Foundation has come to fill in the blanks for their local philanthropy.

    Meet the Weatherups
  • Man throwing kid into air while swimming in lake
    Q+A with Richmond Rabinowitz

    We asked Richmond Rabinowtiz - a legacy family member and Generous Acts donor - to share a bit about why she gives with us. Her answers reveal a giving strategy steeped in family connections, love of place, and deep trust...

    Meet Richmond
  • Young girl learning at Greater Malone YMCA
    Enterprise, Energy, and Convenience

    For Bruce and Nancy Monette, their businesses are inextricably tied to the people in the Adirondacks they have had long connections to as neighbors, employees, or customers. With their business growth came their philanthropy.

    Meet the Monettes
  • IRA
    Understanding the IRA Charitable Rollover

    Did you know? The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes - and Adirondack Foundation, or another local nonprofit, can benefit.

    Learn How You Can Use Your IRA for Good

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