The Herbert K. and Isabel C. Liebich Endowed Fund Awarded $65,361 in Grants to Support New Americans in 2023

During their lifetimes, Herbert and Isabel Liebich generously supported our community through their donor advised fund at the Community Foundation and in scholarship awards for the families of their employees at Sysco Foods.

Recently, the donor advised fund that the Liebichs created in 1978 was endowed to forever carry on their commitment and care for our community. In doing so, the Herbert K. and Isabel C. Liebich Endowed Fund became part of our family of Community Impact funds. With a blessing from their son Donald, the Foundation will be able to make grants to support underserved communities in perpetuity.

Because many of our Community Impact Funds have left the grantmaking open to the discretion of our board and community grantmaking committee, these funds provide a responsive pool of resources to meet the everchanging needs of our community. The transition of the donor advised fund to a discretionary fund to support underserved communities and “new Americans” provided a ready pool of funding to respond quickly to the urgent call for aid as our region was preparing to receive an influx of asylum seekers.

We are grateful to the agencies in our community working to support newcomers seeking refuge in our region and we are proud to have been able to support the efforts of Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Inc., and Capital District Latinos, Inc. with inaugural grants from the Liebich Endowed Fund in 2023.

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“Without the Liebich family’s thoughtful generosity, we would not have been able to support and generate the excitement that led other funds to join the collective effort, one matching dollar for dollar.” —Shelly Connolly, Vice President, Community Grantmaking