Adirondack Foundation

Strengthening Community Through Philanthropy

aka Adirondack Foundation   |   Lake Placid, NY   |  www.adirondackfoundation.org

Mission

Enhancing the lives of people in the Adirondack region through philanthropy.

Ruling year info

1997

President & CEO

Ms. Cali Brooks

Main address

P.O. Box 288

Lake Placid, NY 12946 USA

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Formerly known as

Adirondack Community Trust

EIN

16-1535724

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Scenic beauty and outdoor recreation are the Adirondack region’s calling cards, attracting millions of visitors and shaping a way of life for residents. Like other rural areas, isolation, insufficient public transportation, and long distances to healthcare and other services pose challenges to residents and other challenges can seem daunting at times - elder care, early childhood development, empty storefronts, food insecurity, opioids, education opportunities and workforce development. Nonprofits, civic groups, schools, and government agencies are working together to help meet basic human needs and set a path toward prosperity. In New York State, our region trends toward a higher median age, lower median household income, fewer college graduates, and higher rates of poverty. Compounding socioeconomic factors like these are not always visible but they are ever-present, making it challenging to close achievement gaps, break cycles of generational poverty, and elevate living standards.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN)

Adirondack Foundation relies on nonprofits to help fulfill its mission of building strong and vibrant communities throughout the Adirondack region. Their dedication to quality of life and place, education, health, arts, environment, and youth is the inspiration for our work. At the same time, the Foundation is committed to helping institutions achieve greater effectiveness and stability.

The Foundation maintains a leadership role with the Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN), an informal network of leaders from organizations serving the Adirondacks. By working together, ANN's members are committed to enhancing the quality and impact of their work - and the work of all nonprofit groups - to sustain and improve life in the Adirondacks.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Generous Acts is a force for good that pools donations to amplify impact. Adirondack Foundation, advised by an information network that spans the region, does the groundwork, research, and evaluation required to make effective grants - to ensure our donors’ charitable dollars stretch for greatest impact.

Each gift, joined with the gifts of others, works to address pressing needs in our region by empowering Adirondack Foundation to focus its efforts and grantmaking where philanthropy can make the biggest difference.

Grants
We seek applications that align with the following priority program areas: wellbeing, educational opportunity, and community and economic vitality (see below). We will fund operations or specific programs/projects, but do not typically fund large capital campaigns, tuition assistance or re-granting programs.

• Wellbeing - Providing basic needs for people such as food and housing, creating age-friendly communities, enhancing home and community-based services from early childhood development to elder care

• Educational Opportunity - Promoting literacy, improving school-readiness for young children, strengthening post-secondary pathways and support networks for education and employment

• Economic Vitality - Supporting workforce initiatives to fill local employment needs, improving access to child care and other support services for working families, investing in local programs that demonstrate clear economic benefits

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance was established in 2014 by the Adirondack Foundation with a clear vision: To fulfill every child's promise to become a healthy, thriving, contributing member of their communities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Accreditation Program 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Adirondack Foundation is one of more than 795 community foundations across the country that help to connect generous donors with the causes they care about in the places they love. We work every day to connect people, ideas, and resources to strengthen our communities while embracing differences and encouraging collaboration. We make grants to nonprofits, schools and communities, and award scholarships to students. We deploy social, political, human, moral, and reputational capital to make our region even stronger through work like leading the Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3) and Adirondack Nonprofit Network (ANN).

The Foundation, like many of its peers, is poised to embrace an expanded role as a community leader, to direct its unrestricted grant dollars toward the greatest needs, while also facilitating greater giving and continuing to provide high-quality donor services. The Foundation’s most important role is to be of service to the community – a community of donors, nonprofits, schools, and others who define and contribute to the Adirondack region.

Adirondack Foundation will focus its time, talent, and resources on the following strategies for success:

1. Support the critical needs of people and communities by promoting human and family wellbeing, educational opportunity, and economic vitality.
2. Cultivate a culture of philanthropy and inspire greater giving across the Adirondacks.
3. Grow assets to increase philanthropy and strengthen community.
4. Measure, evaluate, and communicate our effectiveness in grantmaking, fundraising, and community leadership.
5. Invest in people, tools, and processes for growth, success, and professional fulfillment.

On any given day, nonprofits, schools, local leaders, and generous people reach out to Adirondack Foundation for advice and input on a wide range of community issues – from vexing challenges to big ideas and exciting opportunities. Our staff leans in to listen carefully, using our deep knowledge for thoughtful problem-solving, purposeful bridge-building, and discrete pairing with generous individuals who have both the resources and the desire to truly make a difference.

We excel at bringing together disparate players to affect systemic change. For instance, we partner with agencies, care givers, teachers, and others to support hundreds of children from low-income families to facilitate access to high-quality early childhood care and education, enrichment classes and activities, and other essential supports.

Like the Adirondack guides who help outdoorsmen find their way through the wilderness, the Foundation can serve as a guide to donors navigating their local philanthropy. We track trends, uncover needs, identify promising approaches, vet ideas, make connections. When bringing generous people together, the Foundation's work can create a multiplier effect that catalyzes growth and prosperity to make the Adirondacks a better place for all, forever.

Since 1997, Adirondack Foundation has awarded $42 million in grants, attracted thousands of donors, and built a reputation for integrity and action. As our understanding of community issues deepens, our sense of responsibility to act grows. Likewise, as we develop closer relationships within the communities we serve, expectations have increased for us to do more. At this pivotal moment, we are ready to take philanthropy to new heights – to show the world how love of place manifests into generosity and action.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Adirondack Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rich Kroes

Adirondack Foundation

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Joe Steiniger

Adirondack Foundation

Term: 2018 -

Joseph Steiniger

David Brunner

Bill Creighton

Joan Grabe

Lea Highet

Cathy Johnston

Nancy Monette

Bill Owens

Dick Strowger

Holly Wolff

Lawson Allen

Margot Ernst

Reg Gignoux

Craig Weatherup

Nancy Wolcott

James Ireland

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes