• Kids reading at YMCA Adirondack Center

Addressing Challenges, Inspiring Philanthropy

At the core of Adirondack Foundation, we work to create positive change across the Adirondacks through grants and scholarships in our “whole community” funding areas, primarily through Generous Acts to support basic needs, educational pathways, and economic vitality. Our donor advised and other funds also work to ardently empower organizations in these areas, as well as arts and culture and the environment. Since our founding in 1997, we’ve distributed more than $79 million in grants and scholarship awards to nonprofits, schools, communities, and students across the region. 

None of this is possible without the generosity of the many neighbors and partners we work with – nor the grant and scholarship recipients who work to make the Adirondacks a better place today, tomorrow, and always. Every day, we help real people who are striving to build a better, more equitable future. Find out more about eligibility criteria and explore funding opportunities below.

Hands packing a food backpack for a student in Indian Lake
SWIPE Program in Lake Placid Middle + High School