A grant from a fund at the Community Foundation helped a local community center start a reading program for kids.

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As part of its mission, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital provides leadership to address community needs by engaging a broad array of residents in philanthropy and supporting the not-for-profit sector through a variety of initiatives.  We are delighted to work with many individuals and organizations to help them meet their charitable goals and, in turn, help more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations carry on their good work.


We are dedicated to facilitating and promoting a culture of philanthropy in our region, no matter what form that philanthropy may take:

  • We offer a variety of opportunities for private foundations to partner with us toward our common goal of strengthening the community. 
  • We work with local schools and districts to provide a vehicle with which they can raise funds to support programs and projects in their communities. 
  • We encourage local nonprofit agencies to plan for the future by establishing endowments.

Click here or on the image below to read Leveraging Regional Assets for a Vibrant Future. This publication, issued by ACE in November 2014, includes a detailed look at the greater Capital Region's economic composition, and how we can leverage our cultural assets to drive the regional economy.

Leveraging Regional Assets for a Vibrant Future

The Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy

The Community Foundation is proud to many valued partners in the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE). ACE’s goals are to celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and to drive economic development through the region’s creative assets.

ACE developed as the result of the Capital Region Creative Economy Project, which began in 2013. The project assessed our region's creative assets and develop ways to leverage related economic development opportunities (e.g. travel and tourism, local economic and infrastructure development, workforce development, etc.). This community-based, collaborative initiative will examine the creative sector, including the arts (performing, literary, visual), design (graphics, fashion), textiles, crafts, architecture, communications and marketing, cinema and film, broadcasting, software development, publishing and printing, cultural and educational institutions, craft beer brewing and distilleries, culinary arts, and more. The project activities span Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

For more information and a full list of partners, visit www.UpstateACE.org.

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