Berkshire Taconic Distributes $8 Million in 2013 to Nonprofits and Individuals with Columbia County Highlights

Berkshire Taconic Distributes $8 Million in 2013 to Nonprofits and Individuals with Columbia County Highlights

January 30, 2014 - Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced today that it distributed 3,500 grants totaling $8 million in 2013. The Foundation, with assets of $117 million, is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in the Berkshire Taconic region and works in partnership with donors and nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of our communities. Grants included a record $474,150 in scholarships to young people to help them through college, along with millions of dollars in vital support for the arts, public education, health and human services and environmental protection.

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which helps individuals and families in the Berkshire Taconic region who are in economic distress, granted $194,000. The program awards small grants, usually no more than $500, to help with overdue utilities, medical bills, short-term housing costs and transportation problems. The Foundation is currently raising funds to replenish Neighbor-to-Neighbor for 2014.

In announcing the grant figures, Berkshire Taconic President Jennifer Dowley stated, “We’re so grateful to be able to partner with such generous donors. These funds indicate the strong culture of compassion and generosity in our communities that benefit families and nonprofits.”

2013 Highlights
  • Reached $117 million in assets as of December 31, 2013
  • Opened 26 new funds
  • Granted $8 million to nonprofits and individuals
  • Received contributions totaling $9.1 million
  • Granted $685,648 through Berkshire Taconic’s Area Funds, contributing to local initiatives in the four counties served by the Foundation
  • $165,000 awarded to artists and nonprofits through the Artist’s Resource Trust Fund and Martha Boschen Porter Fund
  • The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation (EKF) awarded $300,000 to build the permanent endowments of the Arts and Humanities Funds for the 6 public school districts in Columbia County
  • A record $26,819 raised for BTCF’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program in Columbia County
  • The Fund for Columbia County distributed $33,565 to nonprofits
  • BTCF’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence presented 4 seminars in nonprofit management and fundraising strategies

For over 26 years, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has built stronger communities and helped donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. Each year, the foundation distributes over $8 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. You can make a difference. We can help.






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