Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $3 Million in Spring Grants Cycle (Berkshire County)

April 25, 2017

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the recipients of its first round of grantmaking for 2017. The foundation distributed nearly $380,000 in grants to individuals, school communities and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and over $2.7 million in grants from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Alice & Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program; Artist’s Resource Trust Fund; Crane Family Fund; Lanesborough Initiative for Excellence; Lenox Education Enrichment Foundation; Richmond Educational Enrichment Fund; and Sustaining Educational Excellence Fund.

Education and Enrichment:
Grants to regional schools, school districts, teachers and organizations with educational programs in Berkshire County totaled nearly $20,000. Select grants include: $950 to purchase an Apple TV for students at Lanesborough Elementary School; $1,000 for the robotics program at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School; and $480 for a mentoring workshop at Richmond Consolidated School.

Arts and Culture:
Grants to local artists, arts organizations and arts programs totaled nearly $36,400. Select grants include: $4,750 to SculptureNow for its annual sculpture exhibition at the Mount in Lenox; $1,100 for a student-run recording studio at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School; and $500 for a spoken word poetry unit for eighth-graders at Richmond Consolidated School.

Health and Human Services:
Grants to nonprofits and programs providing social and human services totaled $12,400. Select grants include: $6,000 to Haiti Plunge for students to finish building a four-room school in Haiti; $600 to create a video promoting exercise for students at Lanesborough Elementary School; and $200 for students at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School to package and send food to children in developing nations.

Environment:
Grants to environmental organizations and projects totaled $6,300. Select grants include: $2,000 to Berkshire Botanical Garden for an agricultural-based youth development program; $2,000 to Mass Audubon for an environmental literacy program for third- through sixth-grade students; and $1,000 for Housatonic Valley Association’s water curriculum for fifth-graders at Lanesborough Elementary School.

Nonprofit Capacity Building
: Berkshire Taconic, in partnership with Harvard Business School, selected George Mercier of Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox to attend HBS’s ‘Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management’ program. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management, this intensive six-day program is for nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors who are responsible for shaping the direction, policies and major programs of their organizations. 

Six area funds and anonymous Columbia County donors contributed a total of $70,000 for eight nonprofit organizations to participate in Berkshire Taconic’s Nonprofit Learning Program, an intensive training course for executives and board leaders to learn best practices in governance, management and fund development. Led by internationally recognized nonprofit management consultant Simone Joyaux, this team-based program is comprehensive in scope, with five group training sessions, 12 hours of private consultation and a $2,000 implementation grant. The following Berkshire County organizations are participating: Child Care of the Berkshires; Community Access to the Arts (CATA); Elder Services of Berkshire County; and Greenagers.

A full list of regional grants can be found at
www.berkshiretaconic.org/springgrants.






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