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The latest news, spotlights on our grantees and donors, and occasional commentary about what's happening at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and around our four-county region.

Easing the Burden of Medical Costs
By Darryl Gangloff / January 11, 2019 / Donor Spotlight
Judith McKernon helps ease the burden of medical costs for families in northwest Litchfield County through grants from the Blue Horizon Health Fund.

Making Food Accessible in Columbia County
By Darryl Gangloff / January 7, 2019 / Donor Spotlight
Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors who believe that access to healthy food should be a right, not a privilege, numerous projects are underway in Columbia County to transform the county's food system—including the launch of the Rolling Grocer 19 mobile market.

Supporting Youth for Three Decades
By Darryl Gangloff / January 1, 2019 / Donor Spotlight
Though not a parent herself, Karen Smith has children everywhere. A dogged volunteer and philanthropist, she has spent 30 years raising money for everything from swimming lessons to food pantries to preschool programs in southern Berkshire County.

BTCF Awards $39,000 to Support Economic Opportunity
By Darryl Gangloff / December 20, 2018 / Economic Opportunity, News & Announcements
Berkshire Taconic announced $39,000 in grants to support projects that promote and strengthen the conditions for economic opportunity, town center development and affordable housing in the region.

Board Leadership Forum: A Day of Learning, Networking
By BTCF / December 13, 2018 / Community Engagement, Events
Leaders from nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in the tristate area gathered for the first-ever Board Leadership Forum at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., in fall 2018.

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For Poet Jessica Piazza, Clampitt Residency is 'Unparalleled'

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For Poet Jessica Piazza, Clampitt Residency is 'Unparalleled'

The 26th recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency has fallen in love with the Berkshires. She is using this time to focus on a collection of poetry and her first novel.

Valerie Lenis Receives $105,000 Derwin Scholarship

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Valerie Lenis Receives $105,000 Derwin Scholarship

Valerie Lenis of Lakeville is the ninth recipient of the $105,000 Margaret Derwin scholarship, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation named in memory of a beloved 2005 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Enhancing Education for 20 Years

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Enhancing Education for 20 Years

Students in the Taconic Hills Central School District participate in enriching programs thanks to the hard work of volunteer grantmaking committees and the generosity of donors.

Arts Build Community Initiative Awards $59,000 in First Grant Cycle

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Arts Build Community Initiative Awards $59,000 in First Grant Cycle

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s initiative to increase community engagement through the arts has awarded its first-ever grants to a range of community-based and arts nonprofits.

Amy Clampitt Resident Wins Whiting Award

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Amy Clampitt Resident Wins Whiting Award

Poet Tyree Daye, the 25th recipient of Berkshire Taconic's Amy Clampitt residency program, is one of 10 emerging writers to win the prestigious $50,000 Whiting Award.

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