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Strengthening Nonprofits in the Adirondack region 

Nonprofits do so much to strengthen our communities  –  introducing kids to the outdoors, providing support to home-bound seniors, making farm-fresh food affordable and accessible for people of all income levels, interpreting history to help us learn and grow, and countless other supports and services. We cannot overstate the importance of fortifying this sector, which is why we offer low-cost, high-quality training workshops,  technical assistance, and skill-building and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals, volunteers, and board members. Even during this global pandemic, we are staying the course to support and strengthen nonprofits of all sizes, budgets, and interest areas.  

Nonprofits, schools, and community leaders understand the pulse of our region and we look to them for information about challenges facing Adirondack communities, as well as initiatives to meet them head-on. Whether through formal research or everyday interactions with these groups, we collect and share information to bring attention to issues and guide philanthropic activities so we can work together to make the Adirondacks a more equitable place for all.

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    COVID-19 Resources

    Find Adirondack Nonprofit Network COVID-19 webinars and other resources, including relief assistance for child care providers here. 

    Access Resources
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    Adirondack Research + Surveys

    We regularly conduct research into community needs and administer surveys to keep a pulse on how philanthropy can make a difference for the Adirondack region.

    See Our Reports
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    Nonprofit Workshops + Events

    Nonprofits are at the heart of our work – building their capacity is vital to creating vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities in the Adirondacks.

    See Upcoming Workshops + Events
Blue Mountain Center
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    Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN)

    Learn about the benefits of joining the Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN).

    Learn More About ANN
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    Organization Endowment Funds

    Build for the future of your nonprofit organization by starting an organization endowment fund here at Adirondack Foundation.

    Learn More About Our Funds
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    Adirondack Planned Giving Society (APGS)

    Get involved with this group to learn about and promote charitable planned giving in the Adirondack region.

    Learn More About APGS

Useful Nonprofit Links

We hope these links can be useful to nonprofit staff and board members.
Candid (Formerly The Foundation Center)

Provides news and research about philanthropy in general, tools for finding funders, and online tutorials for everything from proposal writing to nonprofit management.


The most comprehensive online database of information on nonprofits across the country, including foundations.

Independent Sector

Independent Sector is a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world.  It sponsors research, encourages public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and creates resources for staff, boards, and volunteers to improve their organizations and better serve their communities.

Learn How to Become

A guidebook for students and young professionals seeking careers in the nonprofit sector. It includes a detailed rundown of specific fields, organizations, and job titles with strong connections to nonprofit work. It also discusses the importance of volunteering, and how donating time can serve as a bridge to a full-time, paid position.

National Committee on Planned Giving

The National Committee on Planned Giving is an association for professionals in the charitable gift planning field.

New York Council on Nonprofits

NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State. They strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.

The Planned Giving Design Center

The PGDC provides services designed to assist gift planners in implementing gifts. The website has case studies, articles, news, and tools that include an online calculator that computes sample charitable deductions for charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, and retained life estate agreements.