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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity founded in 1987, created by and for the people of the Berkshire Taconic region. For over 30 years, we have been helping people establish charitable funds and make grants to improve the quality of life in the communities they love. We work with individuals, families, financial advisors and nonprofits. We can help you, too.

Through the generosity of our donors, we provide essential funding for programs in education, health care, basic human needs, the arts, the environment and more—helping our community thrive now and long into the future. Our grants touch all aspects of life and every person in the Berkshire Taconic region. Each year, we help thousands of donors reach their philanthropic goals and hundreds of nonprofits achieve their missions.


When Tim and Patty Crane returned to their hilltop home of Windsor, Mass., after several years in Sweden, they detected that civic engagement was on the wane. They have helped the tiny town regain its sense of self by giving back to their community. Photo by John Dolan.

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Berkshire Taconic Provides essential support to hundreds of local nonprofits and individuals each year.

Our Mission

Strengthening communities through philanthropy and leadership. Map of our region.

Our Vision

All residents have opportunity for economic mobility and a high quality of life.

Our Values

  • Impact: Striving to make a measurable difference in all of our work
  • Innovation: Valuing experimentation and risk-taking to achieve impact
  • Inspiring generosity: Motivating people to give back to their communities
  • Equity: Being inclusive and working toward fundamental fairness in communities
  • Excellence: Holding ourselves accountable for high-quality work

Our History

In 1987, four friends from Salisbury and Sharon, Conn., could see that life wasn’t easy for many of their neighbors. Because they loved their community and wanted life to be better for everyone here, they raised $100,000 to form a new community foundation. Originally named the Tri-County Community Foundation, BTCF began as an affiliate of the New York Community Trust. Salisbury resident Robert Blum was active in the management of the Trust for three decades, and played a key role in the foundation’s formation