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Making a Difference in Columbia County

​Whether it's bringing Hudson students to the Bard College campus to open their eyes to the possibility of attending college or purchasing an off-road rescue vehicle for emergency access to hikers for the Stottsville Volunteer Fire Company – BTCF donors are changing lives in your community. Explore our work together:

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GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: High & Mighty Extends Services to children in foster care

On a late afternoon in May, a peaceful silence pervades the grounds of High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center in Ghent, NY. A breeze whispers through blades of grass and chickens tiptoe around the driveway with no apparent destination in mind. One by one, three horses are led out of their stables for a final ride. They – like the volunteers beside them – seem content with the work they accomplished earlier in the day. Read the full story

COLUMBIA county statistics:
Within Columbia County's stunning landscape lies a hidden problem: almost 10% of people here live below the poverty line. Find out what we're doing to address important issues facing our region.

  • Population in Columbia County: 62,525
  • Median Household Income: $59,105
  • People Below Poverty Level: 10.0%
  • No College Education: 43.0%
About This Photo
About This Photo
Instructor Carol Rusoff with participants at a rehearsal at the Hudson Opera House (HOH). The HOH has received grants from BTCF’s Fund for Columbia County, donor advised funds and a grant to attend Harvard Business School’s Nonprofit Management Program. Photo by Lear Levin

“Berkshire Taconic helps donors support libraries, fire companies, theatres and just about any other type of organization that strengthens the fiber of small-town living.”

Lael Locke
Donor Advisor
Chatham, NY