Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Awards $6.5 Million in Grants and Scholarships in 2017

Press Release: Berkshire Taconic Awards $6.5 Million in Grants and Scholarships in 2017

April 6, 2018

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that it awarded $6.5 million in grants and scholarships in 2017, an increase of over $500,000 from 2016. The foundation distributed an additional $6.7 million to over 50 nonprofits with whom they partner in stewarding financial resources used to build healthy and vibrant communities.

Individuals, schools and nonprofits in Berkshire, northwest Litchfield, Columbia and northeast Dutchess counties received grants in a variety of interest areas, including $2.5 million for education; $1.6 million for health and human services; $1.1 million for arts and culture; and $1.1 million for civic, environmental and religious activities.

New and existing donors contributed a total of $15.7 million in gifts in 2017. Those gifts, combined with asset growth through sound investment performance, helped Berkshire Taconic surpass $150 million under management as the foundation marked its 30th anniversary.

Since its inception in 1987 with an anonymous donation of $100,000, Berkshire Taconic has awarded more than 61,000 grants totaling over $153 million. The foundation now oversees 535 funds established by generous donors to help strengthen communities across the region.

Grants deadlines for 2018 vary throughout the year. Search and apply online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.

About Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Now in its 30th year, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities by inspiring charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. A nonprofit public charity with $152 million in assets, the foundation distributed a total of $6.5 million through grants and scholarships in 2017 to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services, and environmental protection. You can make a difference. We can help. www.berkshiretaconic.org






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