Profiles

Adirondack Foundation

Post Office Box 288
Lake Placid, New York 12946
United States

Mission

To lead and inspire the growth of generosity and community investment in a vibrant future for the Adirondacks

Most Meaningful Change

We successfully stepped into the responsive disaster grantmaking arena due to Hurricane Irene’s devastation of the Eastern Adirondack region. We had no prior experience with disaster philanthropy, but when the storm hit, our foundation jumped in with both feet, making grants to affected individuals within a week after the hurricane.

1997 Year Founded
$815,339 Endowment Value
$2,057,213 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Population Area Served

200,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationAdirondack Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 288
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownLake Placid
State / RegionNew York
ZIP / Postal Code12946
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)302 Bear Cub Lane
Map City / Town (If Different)Lake Placid
Map State / Region (If Different)NY
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)12946
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone518-523-9904
Emailinfo@generousact.org
Websitewww.generousact.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Cali Brooks, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameChris Morris
Primary Contact’s PositionCommunications Manager
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1997
Mission StatementTo lead and inspire the growth of generosity and community investment in a vibrant future for the Adirondacks
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced200,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members13
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$5,310,129
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,939,506
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$2,483,842
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$2,057,213
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$815,339
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationNot important
Board reflective of community diversitySlightly important
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equitySlightly important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyNot important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesLittle
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyFair amount
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingNot at all
ChildrenLittle
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefFair amount
Advocacy with authoritiesLittle
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentNever
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityDid not answer
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentDid not answer
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyDo not work in this sphere
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityDo not work in this sphere
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsDo not work in this sphere
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLittle
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesNot at all
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery helpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationHelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workNo
Local people control what our organization doesNo
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersNo
All of our board is composed of local peopleNo
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearNo
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsWe successfully stepped into the responsive disaster grantmaking arena due to Hurricane Irene’s devastation of the Eastern Adirondack region. We had no prior experience with disaster philanthropy, but when the storm hit, our foundation jumped in with both feet, making grants to affected individuals within a week after the hurricane.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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