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DECEMBER 2017

Campaign Boosts Weekend Backpack Programs (Times Union)

The Times Union reports about the Glens Falls Foundation's Good To-Go! Crowd-funding campaign in the Capital Region Gives column. Check out the full story here. 


NOVEMBER 2017

Glens Falls Foundation Chair Donna Perkett Discusses Good To-Go! Campaign on Look TV

Look TV's Jesse Jackson interviews Glens Falls Foundation Chair Donna Perkett about the legacy of the Glens Falls Foundation in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties and discusses the community-wide crowd-funding campaign called Good To-Go! to help provide healthful weekend meals to 1,000 local kids. Check out the full interview here. 


October 2017

Glens Falls Foundation Seeks Help to Feed Hungry Children (The Post-Star)

The Post-Star reports on the launch of the Glens Falls Foundation's Good To-Go! Crowd-funding campaign. Check out the full story here. 


OCTOBER 2017

Glens Falls Foundation Launches Campaign to Feed 1,000 Kids in Need
“Good-To-Go!” Crowd-Funding Initiative Seeks to Raise $100,000
to Support Weekend Meals and Local School Backpack Programs

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation announced today that it has launched a community-wide crowd-funding campaign called “Good-to-Go!” to help provide healthful weekend meals to 1,000 children in need in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

Many local children often struggle to find healthful meals on weekends due to challenging socioeconomic and family circumstances. Local schools together with the Open Door Mission, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and many other community organizations have stepped in to provide approximately 1,000 school-age children with backpacks full of healthful foods and milk cards to take home each weekend.

The Glens Falls Foundation has donated $50,000 to support these programs and is reaching out to the community to help raise an additional $50,000. All funds received will be distributed proportionally, based on the numbers of children served, among the Open Door Mission, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, and local school districts with School Backpack Programs.

There are two convenient ways to make a tax-deductible contribution to this effort:

  1. By mailing a check to The Glens Falls Foundation, 2 Progress Blvd., Queensbury, NY 12804.
  2. By making a credit card donation through the YouCaring crowd-funding website. A link to the YouCaring web site appears on the Glens Falls Foundation’s web site at www.glensfallsfoundation.org. The Glens Falls Foundation will cover the processing fees for credit card donations, so 100% of the public’s donations will help feed the children.

“As a mom, I know kids don’t stop being hungry on the weekends,” said Donna Perkett, chair of the Glens Falls Foundation Distribution Committee. “With the community’s support we can help the Open Door, the Regional Food Bank and local schools ensure that children in need have healthful foods at home when they are not in school.”

“The Glens Falls Foundation is a tremendous partner in our efforts to eliminate childhood hunger through our BackPack Program,” said Mark Quandt, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “The BackPack Program makes a real difference in the lives of the children it serves.  They attend school more regularly, perform better, and improve their behavior in school.  We are grateful that the Glens Falls Foundation recognizes the value of the BackPack Program and has offered to support it so generously.”

Kim Cook, director of the Open Door, said: “It’s astonishing to many people that as many as 1,000 kids locally need help finding weekend meals for themselves and their siblings. Providing healthy foods for schoolchildren on the weekends is an important part of our efforts to ensure that local kids do not go hungry. We are grateful for the generous support from both the Glens Falls Foundation and the community on this issue impacting our region.”

Addressing intergenerational poverty in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties is a major focus of the Glens Falls Foundation. Last year, The Foundation awarded Critical Community Needs grants to three local non-profits to support programs addressing poverty and families in crisis, two of the most serious and persistent social challenges threatening our community. The Good-To-Go! crowd-funding campaign is the Foundation’s next step in addressing these problems.

Pro-bono professional services in support of the Good-To-Go! crowd-funding campaign have been offered by Sidekick Creative of Glens Falls. Regional Radio Group, home of 98.5 WCKM, Hits 95.9 and Talk 1450 WWSC, has signed on as media sponsor for the campaign. 

About the Glens Falls Foundation

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust that serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. It was established in 1939 to improve the quality of life for the people of the Greater Glens Falls area by providing financial support to organizations that address the community’s human, social, cultural and educational needs.

The Foundation is led by a Distribution Committee, whose members are Donna Metivier Perkett, Chair; Mark L. Behan, Vice-Chair; Dr. Stacey Mandelbaum, Paul R. McPhillips, Cheryl Hogan, Dr. Kathryn O'Keeffe, and Elizabeth Barton-Navitsky. Michael Niles serves as Business Administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation.

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AUGUST 2017

Seven Local Non-Profits Receive $34,500 in Grants

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $34,500 in grants to seven local non-profit organizations to help with the purchases of new equipment, facility renovations, and materials to enhance programs.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $10,00 grant grant to the Glens Falls Youth Center for the purchase of new recreation equipment for disadvantaged youths; 
  • A $6,500 grant to the Adirondack Theatre Festival to purchase new sound equipment;
  • A $5,000 grant to The Double H Ranch’s initiative to support the construction of a new multi-purpose cabin and renovation of a two-story residential camper cabin; 
  • A $5,000 grant to the Glens Falls-Queensbury Historical Association support the renovation of the historic Chapman Museum Carriage House;
  • A $3,000 grant to Big Cross Street Elementary School PTA’s Summer Enrichment Program;  
  • A $2,500 grant to Art in the Public Eye for the purchase of a new projection system for the Outdoor Cinema Program;
  • A $2,500 grant to Feeder Canal Alliance to assist with educational programming development at local historical canal sites, in partnership with the Chapman Historical Museum.

About the Glens Falls Foundation

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust that serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. It was established in 1939 to improve the quality of life for the people of the Greater Glens Falls area by providing financial support to organizations that address the community’s human, social, cultural and educational needs.

The Foundation is led by a Distribution Committee, whose members are Donna Metivier Perkett, Chair; Mark L. Behan, Vice-Chair; Dr. Stacey Mandelbaum, Paul R. McPhillips, Cheryl Hogan, Dr. Kathryn O'Keeffe, and Elizabeth Barton-Navitsky. Michael Niles serves as Business Administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation.

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JUNE 2016

To Fight Poverty, Glens Falls Foundation
Gives $180,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded $180,000 in grants to three community organizations for new efforts to fight intergenerational poverty and help families in crisis in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The first-ever Critical Community Needs grants were awarded to the Open Door Mission, Crandall Public Library, and the Family Service Association.

The Glens Falls Foundation, established in 1939, customarily provides smaller grants in response to applications from local non-profit organizations, civic groups and schools for community-oriented programs.

In 2014, the Foundation created the Critical Community Needs grant program and proactively solicited proposals from local non-profits to address poverty and families in crisis, two of the most serious and persistent social challenges threatening our community.

Nearly one in five children in Warren and Washington counties lives in poverty. Of even greater concern, 41 percent of the households that are led by women and where children are present in Washington County fall below the poverty line as do 36 percent of the households led by women with children in Warren County and 26 percent in Saratoga County.1

“Poverty, long-term unemployment and homelessness affect thousands of people in our community, and these challenges are spreading from one generation to the next,” said Donna Perkett, chair of the Glens Falls Foundation Distribution Committee. “We want to support the local agencies and organizations that are on the front lines every day, helping individuals and families as they struggle to get out and stay out of poverty and build a better life. We asked local non-profit organizations to come up with innovative, collaborative approaches, and they have done so. Our help is a start, but only that. We hope this will be an ongoing community effort supported by other foundations, businesses and charitable groups.”

Initially, the Glens Falls Foundation planned to award a single $60,000 grant but found the proposed programs so compelling it ultimately decided to award $60,000 to each of the three applicants:

  • The Open Door Mission, which serves more than 20,000 meals annually and operates an emergency shelter for homeless people, will receive $60,000 to support a broad expansion of its outreach programs and its facilities.
  • Crandall Public Library will receive $60,000 to create the first local, centralized community information resource, including a web portal and database, to connect people in poverty or without jobs with the services, training and support they need.
  • The Family Service Association of Glens Falls will receive $60,000 to develop a new educational and long-term support program to help struggling families achieve economic independence and move out of poverty by collaborating with Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center, schools, and businesses in our communities.

Kim Cook, director of the Open Door, said: “We are humbled by the confidence the Glens Falls Foundation has shown in the Open Door Mission. We believe sincerely in engaging individuals and families in a way that gives them the tools and the confidence they need to overcome poverty and create a better life for themselves and, in turn, create a more sustainable community for all of us.”

“The Glens Falls Foundation has followed a very diligent process. They clearly understand that addressing poverty in our community requires close collaboration from all sectors,” she added.

Kim Sopczyk, executive director of the Family Service Association, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to expand our programming to encourage long-term actions to break the cycle of poverty. The families we work with face a lot of challenges and barriers to being self-sufficient. Moving families out of poverty is the first step to helping others in the community. On behalf of our Board and myself, I would like to thank The Glens Falls Foundation for believing in our programs, in our families and in our communities.”

Kathleen U. Naftaly, director of Crandall Public Library, said: “24/7 access to timely, accurate, in-depth, local information allows individuals and families in generational poverty or situational crisis to discover pathways to help. The information portal we will create also will benefit public- and private-sector agencies, religious organizations, healthcare providers, educational institutions and caring individuals as a guide to connect with each other to serve those in need. We thank the Glens Falls Foundation for their insight into the importance of making connections among the various sectors of our community that are addressing these issues.”

About the Glens Falls Foundation

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust that serves Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. It was established in 1939 to improve the quality of life for the people of the Greater Glens Falls area by providing financial support to organizations that address the community’s human, social, cultural and educational needs.

The Foundation is led by a Distribution Committee, whose members are Donna Metivier Perkett, Chair; Mark L. Behan, Vice-Chair; Dr. Stacey Mandelbaum, Paul R. McPhillips, Cheryl Hogan, Dr. Kathryn O'Keeffe, and Elizabeth Barton-Navitsky. Michael Niles serves as Business Administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation.

1  New York State Community Action Association, February 2016.

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JANUARY 2016

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grant for Housing
for Veterans, Seniors and Low-income Families

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved a $3,000 grant for a program run by Rebuilding Together Saratoga County that supports veterans, seniors and low-income homeowners.

The grant will help pay for building supplies and repair services for residents of northern Saratoga County. Rebuilding Together’s services target seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans and families with young children.

“With the funding from the Glens Falls Foundation, we aim to help people who are in the northern sections of Saratoga County, communities like South Glens Falls, Corinth, and Hadley,” said Michelle Larkin, who co-founded the Saratoga County chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national organization, in 2003.

“This grant will assist up to three families,” Larkin added. “The funding helps low-income people maintain their homes and stay in their homes. We recently built a wheelchair ramp for someone who hasn’t been out of her house in eight months. That’s the sort of project funding from the Glens Falls Foundation helps accomplish.”

D. Michael Niles, business administrator for The Glens Falls Foundation, said: “We’re proud to support an organization that’s improving the quality of life of people living in our region. The mission of Rebuilding Together fits perfectly with our own.”

About The Glens Falls Foundation
The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $7.2 million in grants and scholarships.

About the Rebuilding Together Saratoga County
Rebuilding Together renovates homes to help homeowners regain a sense of pride in themselves and their communities. It began in 1988 as a national organization with 13 affiliates across the country, born out of the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. Today, the Rebuilding Together network consists of 166 affiliates across the United States. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County was founded in 2003 by Michelle and Dan Larkin with support from the national organization and the Saratoga community. Those needing home repairs can call 518-587-3315 for an application.

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JANUARY 2016

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grant to Local Association for Mental Health
Funding Will Improve Transportation Services

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved a $10,500 grant to support transportation services at the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health, Inc.

The grant will assist the organization in the purchase of a new 12-passenger van used to drive clients to and from its East Side Center in Glens Falls. 
 
The Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health is a non-profit that aims to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental illness. East Side Center serves an average of 55 adults a day, many unable to take public transportation. It also connects individuals to a range of services, from work programs, social, recreational and life skills activities and healthcare and counseling appointments.

“The Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health’s request for a grant to improve transportation services is precisely the kind of practical community need The Glens Falls Foundation seeks to support,” said D. Michael Niles, business administrator for The Foundation. 

Peter Groff, CEO of Warren-Washington Association, said his organization has received support from The Glens Falls Foundation before. The Foundation helped fund the East Side Center when it opened in 2004, moving into a former factory after extensive renovations. 

“Now it’s 11 years later and The Glens Falls Foundation is helping us keep the program going,” Groff said. “We’re grateful for The Foundation, and for what they give to the community. There are so many programs that are underfunded, but their support really helps these organizations do good.”

In this latest round of funding, The Glens Falls Foundation approved a total of $18,500 for three grants. In addition to the Warren-Washington Association award, two other Foundation grants will fund support services for senior citizens and low-income homeowners. The other two grants include:

  •  $5,000 for the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga. The grant will fund the organization’s newly launched Community Connections Program, which trains volunteers and matches them with seniors in need of assistance.
  • $3,000 for Rebuilding Together Saratoga County. The grant will help pay for building supplies and repair services for low-income homeowners in northern Saratoga County — particularly seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans and families with young children.


About The Glens Falls Foundation
The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $7.2 million in grants and scholarships.

About the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health
Founded in 1948, the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health (WWAMH) is a non-profit provider of community mental and behavioral health services with facilities in Glens Falls and Hudson Falls. WWAMH serves children, adolescents and adults with a range of residential, outpatient and life-skills programs. 

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JANUARY 2016

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grant to Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga
Funding Will Support a Program Aimed at Helping Seniors Age in Place

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved a $5,000 grant to fund a newly launched program that trains volunteers and matches them with seniors in need of assistance.

The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga recently began Community Connections, an outreach program aimed at helping seniors age in place and maintain an independent lifestyle. The program provides assistance with transportation, household chores, shopping, telephone check-ins and other services.

“As the population ages, there’s a growing need for programs like Community Connections,” said D. Michael Niles, business administrator for The Glens Falls Foundation. “The mission of this program fits hand-in-glove with ours — to improve the quality of life of people living in upstate New York.”

Lois Celeste, executive director of the Adult and Senior Center, said the Community Connections program will focus on northern Saratoga County, where there’s a particular need for these types of services.

“I see this program as a key solution as Boomers age,” Celeste said. “This grant will go a long way toward meeting our goal of expanding in northern Saratoga County.”

In this latest round of funding, The Glens Falls Foundation approved a total of $18,500 for three grants. In addition to the Adult and Senior Center award, two other Foundation grants will fund support services for the mentally ill and low-income homeowners. The other two grants include:

  • $10,500 for the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health. The funding will support a transportation program that serves an average of 55 adults a day who are unable to take public transit. The transportation program connects the agency’s clients to a range of services, from counseling to paid work programs.
  • $3,000 for Rebuilding Together Saratoga County. The grant will help pay for building supplies and repair services for low-income homeowners in northern Saratoga County — particularly seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans and families with young children.


About The Glens Falls Foundation
The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $7.2 million in grants and scholarships.

About the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga
Founded as the Golden Age Club in 1955, the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga is a non-profit, non-residential community center located in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. The mission of the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga is to empower seniors to achieve and maintain personal independence and individual well-being by providing the program structure and support services necessary for healthy recreation, companionship, social involvement, and problem solving.

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January 2014

Glens Falls Foundation Contributes to Protection of Lake George
$12,000 to help implement FUND for Lake George Key Initiatives

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved a $12,000 grant to The FUND for Lake George to help implement its “Legacy Strategy” to reverse a trend of deteriorating health of the lake ecosystem.

As an advocate for Lake George since 1980, The FUND's new initiate, the “Legacy Strategy,” focuses on the next generation of the scientific understanding of the lake, transitioning from incremental and reactive measures of lake protection to an integrated and proactive model of deliberate progress with measurable results.

The Strategy will be implemented over the next three years, focusing on three integral facets:

  • Launching “The Jefferson Project at Lake George,” to combine cutting edge science, technology, and education;
  • Establishing a regional collaboration on Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention;
  • Strengthening the role of the Lake George Waterkeeper by establishing a Low Impact Development certification system and reinforcing the Waterkeeper's technical review and monitoring function.

“Lake George is an invaluable economic and environmental asset to our community,” said Michael Niles, Business Administrator for the Glens Falls Foundation. “We recognize the role that the FUND is playing in sustaining the future of one of our greatest resources and want to support this fresh approach to the protection of the lake.”

Eric Siy, Executive Director for the FUND, said, “We have never before had this level of understanding which enables us to stop the present decline of water quality and achieve sustained protection of Lake George. This partnership grant from The Glens Falls Foundation will help us in building the necessary momentum and commitment to lasting protection of Lake George.”

The Glens Falls Foundation also announces the following additional grants:

  • A $2,500 grant (per year for the next three years) to Hudson Headwaters Health Network for the new Warrensburg Health Center;
  • A $7,000 grant to the Cambridge Food Pantry for a new kitchen sink and dishwasher;
  • A $3,000 grant to the Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center to assist with their electronic medical records system;
  • A $3,000 grant to the Double H Ranch for an air conditioning unit;
  • A $2,500 grant to the Regional Food Bank of NENY to assist in funding for SNAP (formerly food stamps);
  • A $1,000 grant for the Global War on Terrorism Monument, recognizing Afghanistan/Iraq Veterans.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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January 2013

Glens Falls Foundation Contributes $22,000 to Seven Area Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $22,000 in grants to seven local non-profit organizations in support of educational programming, building improvements and clothing donations.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $6,000 grant to Amorak Youth in Glens Falls to assist in a summer program for at-risk youth, ages 12 to 15;
  • A $6,000 grant to North Country Ministry to assist in building an addition to their Warrensburg Center;
  • A $4,000 grant to Adirondack Theater Festival for capital improvements to the Glens Falls administrative office and artists' residence;
  • A $2,000 grant to Lake George Music Festival to assist in funding for professional guest artists;
  • A $2,000 grant to Glens Falls High School Girls Day towards educational programs for high school girls regarding life-changing decision making;
  • A $1,000 grant to Corinth Playground to assist in the construction of a new playground and an outdoor classroom;
  • A $1,000 grant to Warm the Children in Glens Falls towards the purchase of winter clothing for children.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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September 2012

Glens Falls Foundation Contributes $33,500 to Nine Area Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $33,500 in grants to nine local non-profit organizations in support of programming, equipment and improvements.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $10,000 grant to the Warren and Washington Counties ARC as a contribution toward their new respite center in Queensbury;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Inc., for building materials which will assist in home repairs for low income, elderly, disabled, or military veteran homeowners;
  • A $5,000 grant to Albany Medical Center to assist in acquiring state-of-the-art technological equipment for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit being constructed as part of a new six-story patient pavilion in Albany;
  • A $3,000 grant to Rogers Island Visitor Center in Fort Edward to fund the Hudson River Vitality Outdoor Educational Exhibit;
  • A $2,500 grant to Hudson Falls Primary School for a one-year participation in the NE NY Regional Food Bank's Backpack program;
  • A $2,500 grant to Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra as a contribution toward a world premier orchestral composition;
  • A $2,000 grant to High Peaks Hospice to purchase laptops for the clinical staff for recordkeeping;
  • A $2,000 grant to Little Theater on the Farm in Fort Edward for building improvements to the theater;
  • A $1,500 grant to the Glens Falls Lions Club for the purchase of bike racks for their annual Duathlon event.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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February 2012

Glens Falls Foundation Assists Seven Non-Profits with Grants
$26,500 Will Assist in Programming, Education and Equipment

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $26,500 in grants to seven local non-profit organizations in support of programming, seminars and equipment.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $8,000 grant to the WAIT House in Glens Falls to provide Case Management Services to homeless youth residing in the House’s Emergency Shelter;
  • A $5,000 grant to the House of Grace of the Adirondacks in Glens Falls for assistance in overnight staffing;
  • A $3,000 grant to assist Let’s Involve Fort Edward, Inc., for playground equipment at Mullen Park;
  • A $3,000 grant to the Association for the Hearing Impaired in Queensbury to increase the number of hearing health accessibility options in public and private facilities throughout the Tri-County Region;
  • A $3,000 grant to Best Buddies New York in Waterford, to assist in programming that promotes socialization and inclusion for developmentally disabled youth in the Tri-County area;
  • A $2,500 grant to the Alzheimer’s Association towards an Adirondack Educational Forum for caregivers in this area;
  • A $2,000 grant to Up Yonda Farm for an educational outreach program brought to greater Glens Falls area schools.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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November 2011

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Four Area Non-Profits
$18,000 Will Assist in Renovations, Instruction and Care

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $18,000 in grants to four local non-profit organizations in support of services and building upgrades.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant to the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne for improvements in their Ceramic Instructional Room;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Haynes House of Hope in Granville to provide evening staffing for patients;
  • A $5,000 grant to assist LARAC in their building renovation;
  • A $3,000 grant to The Glens Falls Community Theater for the cost of a production set.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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August 2011

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Four Area Non-Profits
$17,000 Will Assist in Programming and Equipment

GLENS FALLS —The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $17,000 in grants to four local non-profit organizations in support of programs, services and building upgrades.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $7,500 grant to the Under the Woods Foundation to purchase equipment for a sensory room assisting autistic children;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Moreau Community Center for their “Backpack” program to help alleviate child hunger;
  • A $2,500 grant to assist the Special Olympics in funding the 2011 State Games in Glens Falls;
  • A $2,000 grant to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Center for kitchen equipment

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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July 2011

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Seven Area Non-Profits
$16,000 Will Assist in Programming, Equipment and Services

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $16,000 in grants to seven local non-profit organizations in support of programs, services and building upgrades.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant to The Open Door in Glens Falls towards the purchase of their new building;
  • A $2,000 grant to Big Cross Street Elementary School PTA in Glens Falls for a summer student enrichment program;
  • A $2,000 grant to the Fort Edward Food Pantry towards the expansion of the Village Baptist Church to house their food pantry;
  • A $2,000 grant to Community Maternity Services towards a Postnatal Depression Scale Screening Program in the Town of Edinburgh;
  • A $2,000 grant to the Warrensburg Historical Society towards the purchase and installation of a new security system;
  • A $2,000 grant to Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls for an educational program about nutrition called the Foodways Exhibition;
  • A $1,000 grant to the Senior Center of the Kingsbury and Fort Edward, Inc., towards the purchase of new office equipment and technology.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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April 2011

Glens Falls Foundation Appoints New Business Administrator D. Michael Niles to Succeed Dr. John Zeis

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of D. Michael Niles as Business Administrator of the Foundation.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a not-for-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals as well as grants to medical and nursing students. It is funded by bequests, donations, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

Mr. Niles retired last year as Chief Financial Officer and Sr. Vice President of Finance at Glens Falls Hospital after nearly 27 years of service. He now serves as Vice President of Operations at Keena Staffing in Glens Falls. Before joining Glens Falls Hospital, Mr. Niles was a Senior Auditor at Ernst and Whinney in Albany.

Mr. Niles succeeds Dr. John Zeis who has retired after serving as Business Administrator of the Foundation for 9 years.

“An extensive search led to many qualified candidates for the position,” said Kay Barton, Chairperson of the Glens Falls Foundation. “But Mike brings an extensive background in finance and a broad knowledge of the needs of the community to the Foundation. His work both professionally and with other not-for-profit organizations will be a great asset to the Foundation’s future.”

Mr. Niles holds a B. S. in Accounting and Business Law from Clarkson University. He is President-Elect of the Adirondack Community College Foundation, Vice Chair for Greater Adirondack Home Aides, and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Hudson River Community Credit Union. He formerly served as Director of the Empire Zone of Warren County and Director of Tri-County United Way.

“The Glens Falls Foundation is among the longest running and most respected community foundations in New York State, and I look forward to making a contribution to an organization that has given so much back to the community,” said Mr. Niles. “Our goal is to connect with the many non-profits in the tri-county area to assist with their needs — especially in these challenging economic times.”

The Foundation is overseen by Chairperson Barton, and the Distribution Committee of Mark Behan; Paul R. McPhillips; John R. O’Brien; Kathryn O’Keefe, MD; Donna M. Perkett; and Stacey Mandelbaum, MD.

Mr. Niles lives in Queensbury and is engaged to be married to Connie Gerarde later this year.

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February 2011

Glens Falls Foundation Awards $16,000 in Grants 
Equipment, scholarships and educational initiatives will improve local projects and programs

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $16,000 in grants to six local non-profit organizations in support of education and new equipment.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant to Liberty House Foundation, Inc. in Glens Falls towards a kitchen renovations project for their center;
  • A $3,700 grant to the Whitehall Jr./Sr. High to assist with an anti-bullying initiative to educate students, faculty and parents;
  • A $2,000 grant to the North Creek Depot Museum towards the replacement of a structural, wooden platform;
  • A $2,000 grant to Rockwell Falls Ambulance Service, Inc. in Lake Luzerne towards the purchase of a replacement ambulance;
  • A $2,000 grant to Salem Art Works towards artist scholarships and equipment purchases for both youth and adults working in their blacksmithing, iron and glass programs;
  • A $1,300 grant to the Feeder Canal Alliance in Glens Falls to assist with the purchase of desktop computers to develop maps, brochures and newsletters for the organization.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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November 2010

Glens Falls Foundation Awards $20,000 in Grants
Educational, sports and social services programs for children will benefit

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved $20,000 in grants to five local non-profit organizations to support educational programs, warm coats and clothing, and sports equipment for children.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $7,000 grant to Operation Santa Clause to purchase new coats and other clothing for eligible children;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake to help fund creative quality educational programs for 3,000 local students during the next two years;
  • A $3,000 grant to the Fort Ann Youth League for sports equipment to continue youth programs, serving children from kindergarten through 6th grade;
  • A $3,000 grant to Things of My Very Own, Inc., to provide emergency aid to local children in crisis situations;
  • A $2,000 grant to Stony Creek Free Library to support architectural and engineering services on an expanded location.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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August 2010

Glens Falls Foundation Awards $20,000 in Grants to Six Area Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved over $20,000 in grants to six area non-profit organizations for capital improvements, equipment, training and educational projects.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,850 grant to the Glens Falls Area Youth Center for their Repair and Recovery Project;
  • A $4,000 grant to the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health, Inc., to support their Self Awareness through Writing Project;
  • A $4,000 grant to The World Awareness Children’s Museum for equipment for One World Gallery;
  • A $2,175 grant to the Glens Falls Family YMCA for special campership requests;
  • A $2,000 grant to the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network to support a resource library for child care providers;
  • A $850 grant to Caritas of Glens Falls for volunteer training equipment.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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June 2010

Glens Falls Foundation Awards $30,000 in Grants, Seven Area Non-Profits to Benefit

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved almost $30,000 in grants to seven area non-profit organizations for capital improvements, equipment and special projects.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $7,000 grant to Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center for capital improvements;
  • A $5,000 grant to Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch to use towards a cabin renovations project;
  • A $5,000 grant to The Fund for Lake George for printing and distribution of water quality materials;
  • A $5,000 grant to The Hyde Collection towards Engaging Communities and New Technologies project;
  • A $3,000 grant to The Town of Johnsburg Library towards capital improvements;
  • A $1,724 grant to St. Joseph’s House of Grace for capital improvements;
  • A $1,000 grant to Summer Sounds of Salem towards the purchase of sound equipment.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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February 2010

$20,000 in Grants to Local Arts and Education Programs from the Glens Falls Foundation

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has approved more than $20,000 in grants to five area non-profit organizations fostering the growth of arts and education.

The following grants were awarded:

  • A $3,360 grant for Art in the Public Eye, Inc., to help produce the first season of outdoor cinema in refurbished City Park in downtown Glens Falls, providing free arts and cultural programming in an attractive local gathering place;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Charles R. Wood Theater to purchase and install a replacement sound console, digital audio processor and sound components for the main stage area;
  • A $2,000 grant to the Have a Seat in Glens Falls project to support public outreach efforts aimed at making downtown Glens Falls a destination for local people and tourists by showcasing the work of regional artists who will turn traditional Adirondack chairs into works of art based on a Glens Falls theme;
  • A $5,000 grant to the Kensington Road School PTA Playground Committee to supplement their existing school playground equipment with a handicapped accessible natural playground;
  • A $5,000 grant to The Lake George Association to continue its Floating Classroom Program, encouraging stewardship of the lake and its environment among students, families and tourists.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties.

The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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November 2009

Glens Falls Foundation Provides Over $25,000 in Grants to Regional Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — At recent meetings, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to seven area non-profit organizations. The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant was approved for the Glens Falls Symphony to assist with their guest artist programming budget for the next three seasons;
     
  • The Fort Edward Rescue Squad was awarded $5,000 to help cover the cost of state-mandated Advanced Life Support Equipment used for the welfare and safety of the residents they serve;
     
  • A $3,000 grant was approved for the Fort Edward Historical Association to fund a major roof repair to one of their historical structures;
     
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks received a $5,000 grant to initiate a mentoring training program;
     
  • Domestic Violence Project of Warren & Washington Counties was awarded a $3,900 grant to purchase digital cameras for law enforcement vehicles in Washington County and the City of Glens Falls;
     
  • A $2,500 grant was approved for the Tannery Pond Community Center Association for the purchase of choral risers for stage use; and
     
  • A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Council for Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse to purchase equipment for Project Snowshoe, a program at Head Start for low-income children. 

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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August 2009

Glens Falls Foundation Supports The Glens Falls Symphony In Bringing Beautiful Music to the Area

GLENS FALLS —The Glens Falls Foundation has provided the Glens Falls Symphony with a grant of $5,000 to assist with their guest artist programming budget for the next three seasons.

“The Glens Falls Foundation has been a generous contributor to the Symphony for many years,” said Robert Rosoff, Executive Director of the Symphony. “We are extremely grateful for the current contribution and those in the past which have assisted the Symphony in bringing top quality international stars and rising stars to Glens Falls.”

During the 2009-2010 season, guest soloists scheduled are pianist Young Kim; contralto Meredith Parson McComb; trumpeter Gregory Smith; clarinetist Christopher Bush; and soprano Margaret Lampasi.

The Orchestra began as a community orchestra, named the Adirondack Concert Orchestra, 30 years ago. In 1983 they became incorporated as the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra and since 1986 have been a fully professional orchestra delighting audiences with concerto performances, children’s concerts, and July 4th celebrations, as well as performing with other orchestras and solo artists.

The Symphony’s home performances are in the Glens Falls High School auditorium. For upcoming shows and ticket information call 793-1348 or visit gfso.org.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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July 2009

Glens Falls Foundation Works with Local Group to Preserve Historic Castle

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has provided the Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation, Inc. with a $3,000 grant to assist in roof repairs on the historic Skene Manor located in Whitehall, NY.

“The Foundation’s donation means a great deal to us,” said Catherine Manuele, President of the Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation committee. “We have an immediate need to make repairs to a 40-foot section of roof to ensure the preservation of the interior of the castle. Without this effort, our work will only be more extensive in the future.”

Originally built in 1874 as a private residence for State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Potter, Skene Manor has since the 1940s served as a private home for several individuals and for a time as a restaurant.

In 1995, a group of local residents formed the Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation to save the historic building. Through donations, fundraising projects and several small grants they have worked to restore the manor and preserve its classic example of gothic architecture.

“This committee is working hard to keep a wonderful part of regional history alive,” said John Zeis, administrator for The Glens Falls Foundation. “We are to happy to support their efforts.”

Their major immediate and future project is the repair of a large section of the castle’s roof and associated framework.

Future goals for the Skene Manor include establishing a living museum, providing a year-round location for educational and cultural programs and promotion of tourism.

The Skene Manor is currently open for special gatherings year round and has a meeting room available to the community. Luncheons are served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April through December, and there are special dinners, free tours and a gift shop. For more information, call 499-1906.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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May 2009

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Area Non-Profits 

GLENS FALLS —At their spring meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to six non-profit organizations for programming in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The following grants were awarded:

  • A $1,190 grant was approved for the Greening Glens Falls Initiative, partnering with the Glens Falls Family YMCA, to improve the existing community garden off Staples Street and create a new community garden on Ridge Street;
  • The Hague Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $2,500 to assist in the purchase of computer equipment;
  • The Lake George Chamber Orchestra was awarded $1,000 to use towards special expenses for their 2009-2010 Concert Series;
  • A $2,500 grant was approved for Upper Hudson Primary Care Consortium towards a regional community health assessment facilitated by the Adirondack Rural Health Network and its partners;
  • Wiawaka House in Lake George received $4,000 which will enable 25 women veterans, and women active in the military, to attend the Healing Retreat for Women Veterans Project;
  • A $20,000 grant was approved for the Lake George Land Conservancy towards the West Brook Conservation Initiative.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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FEBRUARY 2009

Glens Falls Foundation Provides Grants to Three Area Non-Profits 

GLENS FALLS — At a recent meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to three non-profit organizations, which provide services for area residents in need. The following grants were awarded:

  • A $5,000 grant was approved for the Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Inc. to assist in home repairs for low-income families, the elderly and the disabled. The grant will provide funding for building materials.
  • Queensbury Senior Citizens was awarded $4,000 to assist in the enlargement and conversion of their kitchen facility. The project will enable the center to improve services to regional seniors as well as allow for additional fundraising functions for additional members and the public.
  • A $1,000 grant was approved for Amanda’s House, Inc. in Glens Falls to help with equipment purchases including new computers, window air conditioners and a chain link fence.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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NOVEMBER 2008

Glens Falls Foundation Provides Grants to Regional Non-Profits Assisting Local Residents 

GLENS FALLS — At a recent meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to four non-profit organizations, which provide services for area residents in need. The following grants were awarded:

  • A $7,000 grant was approved for the North County Ministry to assist in building an Outreach Center in Warrensburg, which will provide local access to information and assistance for families in need. 
  • Greater Adirondack Home Aides was awarded $6,500 to provide home care services to residents in Warren County including senior citizens, families needing short-term assistance and people needing continuing care due to chronic illness.
  • A $5,000 grant was approved for the Liberty House Foundation, Inc., to assist in renovating their facility. Liberty House provides vocational and personal development services to individuals with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities in our community.
  • The Association For The Hearing Impaired, Inc., received a $1,565 grant to provide a variety of social and educational programs for deaf and hard of hearing people in our community including guest speakers, specialist visits and participant classes.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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SEPTEMBER 2008

Glens Falls Foundation Provides Programming Grants to Regional Non-Profits 

GLENS FALLS — At a recent meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to four non-profit organizations for programming, and granted five scholarships to cover the cost of camping programs for deserving area children. The following grants were awarded:

  • A $10,000 grant was approved for the Twin Rivers Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America to help defray the cost of a new roof on the dining hall at Camp Wakpominee in West Fort Ann, which serves more than 3,500 Scouts each year.
  • The Glens Falls-Queensbury Historical Association (Chapman Historical Museum) was awarded $5,000 for the purchase of a dehumidifier to provide adequate humidity necessary for the preservation of the museum’s archives.
  • The Warren County Historical Society was granted $4,000 toward the publication of a new social history of Warren County, the first definitive history of the county published since 1963.
  • A $3,000 grant was approved for the Washington County Community Action for the establishment of the new “Angel Aid” program to purchase prescriptions and medical supplies for the individuals in crisis situations.
  • Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded to: Twin River Council, Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York; Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch; Family YMCA of Glens Falls; and the Franklin Community Center Inc. in Saratoga to cover the cost of camping programs for deserving children.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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May 2008

The Glens Falls Foundation Receives $1 Million in Bequests
Money to be Distributed to Local Charitable Organizations

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has received nearly $1 million in bequests in three gifts each from former residents of the community. The gifts together represent one of the largest increases in the Foundation’s endowment in recent memory.

The gifts were received from the estates of Floyd H. Rourke, a longtime business and civic leader and former chairman of the Glens Falls Foundation Distribution Committee; Dr. James W. Haviland, a Glens Falls native, former medical school dean and president of the American College of Physicians who is credited with founding the first outpatient dialysis facility in the world, and Ruth C. Roberts, a Glens Falls native and retired banker.

“The Glens Falls Foundation is honored to be entrusted with gifts of this magnitude from Mr. Rourke, Dr. Haviland and Mrs. Roberts,” said Katherine M. (Kay) Barton, chair of the Foundation’s Distribution Committee. “The remarkable generosity of these three individuals will have a positive impact on our community for generations to come.”

The Glens Falls Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations and donor-directed scholarships for area students. It also serves as an endowment investment fund for non-profit organizations in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga Counties. Since 1939, the Foundation has provided nearly $7 million in grants and scholarships.

As a result of the gifts, three memorial funds have been established to carry out the wishes of the donors. They are as follows:

• The Floyd H. Rourke Memorial Fund

Floyd H. Rourke’s bequest of $500,000 will be distributed among three non-profit organizations: the Gansevoort Cemetery, Inc., Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department and First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls.

Mr. Rourke was born and raised in Gansevoort. A graduate of South Glens Falls High School and Bentley College, he was the chairman, president and CEO of the Sandy Hill Corp. and the Sandy Hill Foundation. Mr. Rourke served on the boards of many business, civic and non-profit organizations in the Glens Falls area, including Finch, Pruyn & Co. Inc., Glens Falls Hospital, Evergreen Bank, The Hyde Collection, the American Cancer Society, Caritas, and the Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch. Mr. Rourke also served as supervisor of the Town of Northumberland, as a member of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, as treasurer of the Saratoga County Republican Committee, and as a delegate to three national Republican conventions.

•Dr. James W. Haviland Fund

Dr. Haviland’s bequest in excess of $300,000 will be distributed among four beneficiaries: Christ Church, United Methodist of Glens Falls, Crandall Public Library, the Glens Falls City School District for the establishment of scholarships, and the Glens Falls-Queensbury Historical Association.

Born and raised in Glens Falls, Dr. Haviland was a graduate of Glens Falls High School where he was class president and salutatorian of the Class of 1928. A graduate of Union College and Johns Hopkins University Medical School, he moved to Seattle, WA., after medical school to establish a practice in internal medicine. In 1953, he became acting Dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and in 1962 co-founded the Seattle Artificial Kidney Center, the first free-standing outpatient dialysis facility in the world. In 1970, he was elected president of the American College of Physicians.

Even though he lived in Bremerton, WA., at the time of his death, Dr. Haviland remembered his hometown with a major gift.

•The Ruth C. Roberts Fund

Born in Glens Falls, Mrs. Roberts spent part of her life in Maine with her husband, Paul. Upon returning to the Glens Falls area, she was employed for many years by the Glens Falls Bank and Trust Co. Mrs. Roberts was a member of the Queensbury Senior Citizens, the Queensbury Bridge Club, and the North Country Chapter of AARP. She was a communicant of the Our Lady of Annunciation Church in Queensbury.

A resident at The Glen at Hiland, Mrs. Roberts remembered her community with a bequest of $161,000 to use for general charitable purposes in the form of grants and awards to non-profit organizations.

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March 2008

Paul R. McPhillips Appointed to Glens Falls Foundation

GLENS FALLS - The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul R. McPhillips of Glens Falls to its Distribution Committee.

His appointment fills the vacancy created by the death of Floyd H. Rourke and his initial term will be for one year. He was appointed by LeRoy Akins, Mayor of Glens Falls, in accordance with the terms of the Foundation’s declaration of trust.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939 it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

Mr. McPhillips is president of W. Joseph McPhillips, Inc., in Glens Falls. He is a Chartered Property and Causalty Underwriter (CPCU), and an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Paul is a graduate of Saint Mary’s Academy and Elmira College where he earned a BA in Political Science. Prior to joining W. Joseph McPhillips, Inc., he was an underwriter for Continental Insurance Company.

Mr. McPhillips is a Regional Development Board Member for the Glens Falls National Bank. He is past President of the Board of Directors of the Charles Wood Theatre and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation. He is a past member of the City of Glens Falls Local Development Corporation and Industrial Development Agency. And he is a past board member of the Adirondack Community College Foundation, and the Glens Falls Area Youth Center.

Mr. McPhillips and his wife, Suzanne, live in Glens Falls. They have a son, Michael, who attends St. Lawrence University.

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March 2008

The Glens Falls Foundation Assists Local Organizations With $23,000 in Grants

GLENS FALLS - At its first meeting of the year the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation, a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of lives of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties, approved eight local grant awards totaling $23,445. The following grants were awarded:

  • A major award of $10,000 was granted to the Warren Washington Homeless Youth Coalition for renovations of its facility to house a Maternity Group Home
     
  • Community, Work & Independence, Inc. received a grant of $2,000 to support a community garden initiative, through which clients will maintain gardens in their communities
     
  • Hudson Headwaters Health Network was awarded $3,195 to purchase EKG equipment for use at its Broad Street facility
     
  • The Johnsburg Emergency Squad, Inc. was granted $2,500 towards to purchase of a generator to be employed when the Emergency Squad facility must be used as an emergency shelter
     
  • City of Glens Falls Recreation Department was awarded $1,250 to complete the lighting of new ski trains in Crandall Park
     
  • The Friends of Town of Johnsburg Parks, Inc. received $1,000 in support of a tennis court restoration project
     
  • The Indian Grandstand Boosters was given $1,500 to purchase a display case for its Hall of Fame
     
  • The Jackson Heights PTA was granted $2,000 for playground restoration

The Glens Falls Foundation is a funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its establishment in 1939, the Glens Falls Foundation has distributed over $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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January 2008

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Regional Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — At its final meeting of 2007, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grants to six non-profit organizations for programming in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties and increased the amount of a grant to the Adirondack Community College Foundation. The following grants were awarded:

  • The Adirondack Museum was awarded $2,500 towards expansion of its school outreach program to include additional schools in the Glens Falls region;
  • The Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center was given a grant of $2,500 to implement a Healthy Families Project;
  • The Aids Council of Northeastern New York was given $2,500 to provide client assistance and emergency services to clients in the local area;
  • Friends of U.S. Grant Cottage, Inc. was awarded $1,200 towards the purchase of the purchase of a DVD Projector;
  • A $5,000 grant was approved for the Double “H” Ranch towards expansion of its Winter Adaptive Sports Program. This grant was funded by the Elizabeth B. Powers Fund established to benefit children under12 years of age;
  • The Powers Fund also provided a grant of $3,000 to the Parsons Child and Family Center to extend the Home Care Based Services Waiver Program in this area;
  • A grant award to the ACC Foundation, approved at the July meeting, was increased from $5,000 to a total of $10,000 to support of the capital campaign to establish a Regional Higher Education Center.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.8 million in grants and scholarships.

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January 16, 2008

The Glens Falls Foundation Awards Four Pesquera Medical Scholarship Grants

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation—Gilberto and Lennetta Pesquera Fund is pleased to announce the awarding of four scholarship grants for medical education for 2007-2008.

These scholarships are offered on an annual basis to assist qualified men and women who have graduated from local area schools and have successfully completed their first year of medical school.

Each of the following students will receive a $4,000 grant per year:

•Brian Wasserman is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jay Wasserman of Queensbury. He is a graduate of Glens Falls High School and Cornell University. He is a student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he is Chairman of the Dean’s Committee on Wellness.

•Douglas Fair is the son of John and Christine Fair of Glens Falls. He is a graduate of Glens Falls High School and Siena College and is presently attending Albany Medical College.

•Catherine Anne Hoertkorn is also attending Albany Medical College. She is the daughter of Steven and Mary Hoertkorn of Queensbury. She is a graduate of Queensbury High School and Colgate University.

•Alexandra Lajoie is the daughter of Keith and Ann Lajoie of Queensbury. She is a graduate of Queensbury High School and Princeton University, where she was a rowing coach for the Princeton crew. She is attending the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

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January 4, 2008

Katherine M. Barton Selected as Chairperson of Glens Falls Foundation

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Katherine M. Barton of Silver Bay as Chairperson of the Glens Falls Foundation. Mrs. Barton is a twenty-year member of the Distribution Committee of the Foundation and her appointment fills the vacancy formerly held by the late Floyd Rourke.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939 it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

Mrs. Barton has served as Chairman of the Pesquera Medical School Scholarship Committee for the Glens Falls Foundation. In addition to her Foundation activities, Kay has served on the executive boards of the Glens Falls Home, Inc., the Chapman Museum, the Fund for Lake George, and the Glens Falls Club of College Women. She is a past fund raiser for the Hyde Collection, the Adirondack Girl Scout Council and the Mohican Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She was a co-founder of Women Helping Women. She was co-chair of the Timing Committee for the North Creek White Water Derby for 12 years. She is a member of the Silver Bay Association and the Enhancement Committee for the Town of Hague.

Mrs. Barton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount St. Mary’s College and a Masters degree from the State University of New York. She is a former educator and supervisor of student teachers in Warren County.

Kay is the widow of Charles Barton Jr., past Vice President of Barton Mines, Inc. She is the proud mother of three children, four grand daughters, two grand sons, five step-children, nine step-grand children, and eight great step-grand children.

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October 10 , 2007

Foundation Chair Floyd Rourke Leaves Legacy of Community Leadership 

Our friend and colleague, Floyd Rourke, distinguished himself as a community leader whose selfless and energetic devotion to the good work of charitable organizations helped thousands of local people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

When any important civic project was to be undertaken, Floyd Rourke was among the first to be called for guidance, support and leadership. His passing on September 20, 2007, is a loss for the entire community. We hope his legacy will inspire others to lead as he did.

Among the many charitable organizations Floyd served were the Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors and the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, Sandy Hill Foundation, Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization, The Hyde Collection, Caritas, Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce, HomeFront
Development Corp., Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, American Cancer Society of New York State, Gansevoort Cemetery, Gansevoort Masonic Lodge, and the Oriental Temple Shrine.

He was a major figure in the business community as well, having retired as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sandy Hill Corp. He was a former director of Sandy Hill Corp., Finch, Pruyn & Co. Inc., Evergreen Bank/TD BankNorth, Kamyr Inc., the American Paper Machinery Association, and University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation Investment Committee, among others.

We, the members of the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation, salute his service to the community. We will miss his leadership and friendship.

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October 5 , 2007

Donna Metivier Perkett Appointed to Glens Falls Foundation

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Metivier Perkett of Queensbury to its Distribution Committee.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939 it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

Mrs. Perkett, a Glens Falls native, is a vice president at Bank of America, where she is a location planner managing more than 600 branch locations throughout the Northeast. She has been with Bank of America and its predecessor banks for over 22 years, holding various management positions. She is the daughter of Laraine and the late Don Metivier of Glens Falls and Assembly Point. Her father served for many years until his death as a member of the Foundation’s Distribution Committee.

Mrs. Perkett earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Boston University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a certified life coach and the managing director of Adirondack Empowerment Coaching, as well as a faculty instructor for the University of Phoenix, facilitating undergraduate and graduate courses in business and ethics. She also serves on the boards of Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch and Prospect Child and Family Center.

Her appointment fills the vacancy in a seat formerly held by Thomas H. Lapham, who retired from the committee after many years of service. She was appointed by New York State Appellate Division Justice Thomas Mercure, in accordance with the terms of the Foundation’s trust.

Mrs. Perkett and her husband, Clark, live in Queensbury with their nine children.

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October 3, 2007

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Pulver Scholarships to Five Area Students
Winners Attending Harvard and Dartmouth Colleges

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of five Harry B. Pulver Scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year.

These scholarships are the legacy of the late Harry B. Pulver, who was the owner of the Harry Pulver Construction Company and vice president of the Stevenson Thompson Paper Company. Residents of Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties who attend either Dartmouth or Harvard Colleges as undergraduates are eligible for these scholarships.

Each of the following students will receive $2,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study:

  • Colin Patrick Shannon is a graduate of Queensbury High School and the son of Trip and Sharon Shannon of Queensbury. He is attending Harvard College. He was ranked first in his class academically, president of his class, and co-captain of the cross-country, track and quiz bowl teams. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, an attendee of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference and Boys State, and a recipient of the Bausch and Lomb and University of Rochester Young Leadership Awards. Colin was a four-year member of the All-County Orchestra as a cellist, and organized the first Film Festival at Queensbury High School.
     
  • Cara Maureen Sprague is a graduate of Queensbury High School and is attending Harvard College. She is the daughter of Bill and Gerri Sprague of Queensbury. In addition to ranking in the top five of her class, Cara was vice-president of her class, and was co-captain and Most Valuable Player of the State Champion Class A Cross Country team. She was also the New York State individual and combined Nordic skiing champion. In 2007, she was the female winner of the NYSPHSAA Good Sportsmanship Award for Section II. Cara was a member of the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, and was the winner of the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences.
     
  • Alexander Taylor is the son of Kathleen and Peter Taylor of Glens Falls and a graduate of Glens Falls High School. He ranked first in his class, was a National Merit Commended Student, and was president of the National Honor Society. He was also active within Student Council, Key Club and Outing Club. An exceptional saxophonist, Alex was a member of the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, as well as a member of the Chorus and Octet. He was captain of the swimming team and also played tennis. Alex is attending Dartmouth College.
     
  • Maxwell Newman-Plotnick is the son of Deborah Newman and Steven Plotnick of Waterford. He is a graduate of Shenendehowa High School and is attending Harvard College. Maxwell was National Merit Finalist. In addition to being an exceptional scholar, he is an accomplished artist and filmmaker. His film, Dialing Memories, won the Juror’s Prize at the Reel Teens USA International Film Festival. In addition, Maxwell’s art submissions won awards at various juried exhibitions. He was president of his school’s Cinema Club and co-captain of the Science Bowl Team, which took first place in the 2007 Regional Competition at the GE Global Research Center. Maxwell was also president of the Table Tennis team and an officer for the school’s Math team.
     
  • Nicholas David Torres is a graduate of Saratoga High School and is the son of David and Michele Torres of Saratoga Springs. He is attending Harvard College. Nicholas was a member of the National Honor Society. He was the recipient of the Harvard Book Award and the National Hispanic Recognition Program Award. He was captain of the Saratoga baseball team and played on the ice hockey and football teams. Nicholas was active in volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, Saratoga Youth Hockey, and the Saratoga American Little League. He was a participant in the Tuba Christmas in New York City program, and was a member of the Saratoga High School Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra. 

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

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September 6, 2007

John O’Brien Named to Glens Falls Foundation

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of John R. O’Brien of Glens Falls to its Distribution Committee.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

Mr. O’Brien is president of the R.J. O’Brien Insurance Agency Inc. in Glens Falls and active in many civic organizations. A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls and Niagara University, Mr. O’Brien is president of St. Joseph’s House of Grace. He has served on the boards of the Glens Falls Family YMCA and the Prospect Child and Family Center in Queensbury.

His appointment fills the vacancy in a seat formerly held by the late Donald A. Metivier, longtime member of the Foundation’s Distribution Committee. Mr. O’Brien was appointed by Warren County Judge and Surrogate John Hall in accordance with the terms of the Foundation’s trust.

Mr. O’Brien and his wife, Judy, have three children and live in Glens Falls.

As a member of the Foundation Distribution Committee, Mr. O’Brien joins Floyd H. Rourke, Chairman; Mrs. Charles Barton, Jr., Mark L. Behan, Dr. Kathryn O’Keeffe, and Thomas R. Yole.

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August 8, 2007

Glens Falls Foundation Awards Grants to Eight Regional Non-Profits

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation, the community foundation serving the Greater Glens Falls area, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants totaling $29,000 to eight local non-profit organizations.

The recipients are:

  • Abraham Wing School Improvement Committee, which received $2,000 grant toward the purchase of a “climbing wall” for installation on the school’s playground. 
     
  • Adirondack Community College Foundation, which received a $5,000 grant in support of its capital campaign to establish a regional higher education center on the ACC campus in Queensbury.
     
  • Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross, which received a grant of $2,000 for office equipment. 
     
  • Corinth Emergency Squad, which received an $8,000 grant toward the purchase of a cardiac defibrillator capable of providing 12-lead EKG analyses of heart attack victims in the field.
     
  • High Peaks Hospice, which received a $5,000 grant to increase community awareness of its services through support for its Ambassador Program and Speakers Bureau.
     
  • Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, which received a $2,000 grant toward the purchase of digital video equipment.
     
  • The Thompson-Clarks Mills Residents Committee, which received a $1,000 grant to help cover the expense of preparing a survey of local cultural resources.
  • The World Awareness Children’s Museum, which received a $4,000 grant toward the purchase of replacement windows for its new facility on Warren Street in Glens Falls. 

The Foundation’s Distribution Committee also awarded Harry B. Pulver Scholarships to five graduating high school seniors: Colin Shannon and Cara Sprague of Queensbury, Alexander Taylor of Glens Falls, Nicholas Torres of Saratoga, and Maxwell Newman-Plotnick of Clifton Park. Alexander Taylor will attend Dartmouth College. The other recipients will attend Harvard College.

Grants of $1,000 each were provided to the Adirondack Council, Girl Scouts of America; Twin Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America; Franklin Community Center of Saratoga Springs; Glens Falls Family YMCA, and the Double “H” Hole in the Woods to defray the costs of summer camping programs for disadvantaged children.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust established in 1939. Its purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

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May 17, 2007

Glens Falls Foundation Provides $10,000 to Improve Accessibility to The Hyde Collection

GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to The Hyde Collection of Glens Falls to improve safety and accessibility at the main entrance to the museum.

The grant will help fund the installation of new set of lighter-weight doors at the entrance to the HydeÂ’s 1989 Educational Wing. The doors will be easier to open for all visitors, especially those who may be physically challenged, use wheel chairs, walkers or canes, or are visiting with small children in strollers.

"This grant is important to us,” said Randall Suffolk, director of The Hyde Collection. “The Hyde Collection's first priority is accessibility -- whether that means to world-class art, or the elimination of physical barriers. This contribution from the Glens Falls Foundation will enable us to address some physical drawbacks that currently exist with our entryway."

The Glens Falls FoundationÂ’s Distribution Committee also approved the following:

  • A grant of $2,110 to support a project to acquire new florescent lighting for the interior of the Town of Johnsburg Library;
     
  • A grant of $2,000 to the General Schuyler Emergency Squad, Inc., toward the purchase of a device to provide non-invasive measurements of carbon monoxide in patientsÂ’ blood;
  • A grant of $1,500 to the Corinth Parklands Committee to support the revitalization of the JessupÂ’s Landing Community Park;
     
  • Three grants from the H. C. Brown Fund: $1,000 to Cooperative Extension of Washington County to purchase printers and supplies to enhance its tax program for senior citizens; $500 to the Lake George Community Band toward the purchase of new music, and $500 to the Glens Falls Chapter of Hadassah to purchase frames for student work that will be shown at LARAC as part of HadassahÂ’s Holocaust Education project. The H.C. Brown Fund is named for the late Hubert C. Brown, who served as president of the First National Bank of Glens Falls for 20 years and chairman for another 13 years. He retired in 1975. The fund was established upon his death in 1981 and is one of the funds managed by the Foundation. Income from the fund is used to provide funding for non-profit organizationsÂ’ projects that benefit the region.

The Glens Falls Foundation is a non-profit community trust whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of people living in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties. The Foundation provides grants to civic and charitable organizations and scholarships to individuals. It is funded by bequests, contributions, and memorial contributions. Since its inception in 1939, it has provided approximately $6.5 million in grants and scholarships.

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January 26, 2007

Distribution Committee approves six grants

At its January meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation approved grant awards totaling $28,750 to six local non-profit organizations. The Crandall Park Beautification Committee received an award of $15,000 to support the construction of a new field house for Crandall Park. $3,750 was awarded to Head Start of Warren County to assist in funding a new surface for its playground area. The Slate Valley Museum and the Big Cross School PTA each received grants of $3,000. The Slate Valley Museum funding will support expansion of its barn gallery, while the Big Cross PTA funding will help with its playground restoration project. Friends of Fine Arts in Fort Ann received a $2,000 grant to purchase reusable equipment to provide for musical productions at the Fort Ann Central School. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County also received a $2000 grant to support a new parenting initiative.

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January 25, 2007

Foundation receives large contribution

A local donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has contributed more than one hundred thousand dollars in stock to the Glens for Foundation. In accord with the wishes of the donor, proceeds have been shared with six local non-profit organizations. The Glens Falls Hospital, the Hyde Collection, and Crandall Library have received $20,000 each. St. JosephÂ’s House of Grace and Glens Falls Habitat for Humanity have received $10,000, and the Salvation Army has received $5,000. The remainder has been contributed to the endowment fund of the foundation.

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January 13, 2007, The Post-Star

Glens Falls Foundation Boosts Crandall Park Field House Campaign

GLENS FALLS — The Crandall Park Beautification Committee has reached 75 percent of its $200,000 fundraising goal for construction of a new field house.

A $15,000 grant from the Glens Falls Foundation, announced Thursday, brought the campaign to this milepost.

"Pretty good news," said Harold "Bud" Taylor, the committee's chairman.

The foundation leaders felt a new field house at Crandall Park would be of benefit to the entire city, foundation Administrator John Zeis said in a press release.

The committee previously received a $100,000 state grant, announced last fall by state Sen. Elizabeth Little, R-Queensbury.

The current field house, which is more than 70 years old, has interior structural and plumbing problems, and the bathrooms are in poor condition.

The committee expects to begin construction of the new building in either spring or fall, depending on which causes the least disruption for city Recreational Department activities, Taylor said.

To complete its fundraising goal, the committee is planning a campaign to find 10 area businesses that will contribute $5,000 each.

Contributions can be mailed to the Crandall Park Beautification Committee, 553 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY, 12801.

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September 28, 2006

Harry Brereton Pulver Scholarships Chosen

The Glens Falls Foundation announces that five Harry B. Pulver Scholars have been chosen for the 2005-2006 academic year. Kristina Anne Nolte and Molly Colson Tarrant of Saratoga Springs High School will be attending Harvard College as will Elizabeth A. Pinto of Shendendehowa High School. Rachael Elizabeth Kandath of Albany Academy for Girls and Louis H. Buck Jr. of Lake George High School will be attending Dartmouth College. Each student will receive $2,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study. These scholarships are the legacy of the late Harry B. Pulver. He was owner of the Harry Pulver Construction Company and vice president of the Stevenson Thompson Paper Company. Residents of Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties who attend either Dartmouth or Harvard colleges as undergraduates are eligible for these scholarships.

Kristina Anne Nolte is the daughter of Kathleen and Andrew Nolte of Saratoga Springs. Kristina is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student and was a member of the National Honor Society, NASA Club, and a member of the Math Counts and Mock Trial Teams. She is an accomplished rower and figure skater, having been the Senior Ladies Silver Medalist in the 2005 New York Empire State Games and also a member of the 2005 National Scholastic Rowing Championship Lightweight Women’s Eight Silver Medalist crew. She has achieved her Gold Award in Girl Scouting.

Molly Colson Tarrant is the daughter of Jean and Robert Tarrant of Saratoga Springs. She was a member of the Junior and Senior Honor Societies and was a recipient of the Academic Recognition Award for three years. She is a two-time National Champion and a five-time State Champion in rowing and was Co-captain of the Saratoga Rowing Association Varsity in 2005-2006. She is also active in figure skating, having been a member of the Saratoga Stars Junior Team which finished second in the ISI World Championships in 2002. She was a member of the Symphonic Orchestra.

Elizabeth A. Pinto is the daughter of Patricia and Joseph Pinto of Clifton Park. She was the Shenendehowa High School Valedictorian of the Class of 2006 and was a National Merit Scholarship winner. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Latin Honor Society. She was a winner of the Harvard University Club of Eastern New York Book Award for Scholastic Excellence and Character. She was a four-year member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra as a cellist and attended the New York State School of Orchestral Studies. Elizabeth was also a member of the Varsity Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, and Track and Field teams. She did volunteer work at the Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner, for the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Summer Reading Program and for the Captain Outreach Center.

Rachael Elizabeth Kandath is the daughter of Cynthia and Dr. David Kandath of Gansevoort. She was the Ranking Scholar of the Class of 2006 and was a National Merit Scholarship winner. She was a member of the Cum Laude Society and a winner of the AP Scholar Award. She is an accomplished tennis player, having been a team member for six years and elected team captain for two years. She was the #1 singles player for Albany Academy for four years. She placed 3rd in the Section II Tournament in her senior year. She was a Silver Medalist in doubles at the Empire State games for two years and a Silver Medalist in singles. She is a ranked player in the United States Tennis Association Eastern Section Rankings. Rachael served as a Research Assistant for the Skidmore College, Department of Exercise Physiology and for the Albany College of Pharmacy.

Louis H. Buck, Jr. is the son of Nora and Louis H. Buck of Queensbury. He was an outstanding scholar and athlete at Lake George High School. He was a National Merit Commended Student and President of the National Honor Society. He received the US Air Force Math and Science Award in two successive years. He was also the recipient of the RPI Medal and the Capital Region Section Two Top Scholar Athlete Award. He was a member of the Section II Senior All Star Team as a defensive back and also achieved All State Third Team recognition at that position. He also earned Section II Class C honors at wide receiver and kick returner. He was a number one singles tennis player for three years and also excelled in basketball.

For more information contact: 
John G. Zeis, Administrator, The Glens Falls Foundation — Phone (518) 761-7350

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July 25, 2006

July Organizational Meeting

At its July Organizational meeting, the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation elected Floyd H. Rourke as Chairman, replacing Marilyn Cohen who retired after serving as Chairman since 1988.

Rourke is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandy Hill International. He is Chairman and Director of the Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization, Inc. He is also Managing Trustee of the Sandy Hill Foundation and Chairman and Director of the Sandy Hill Educational Fund, Inc. He has served on numerous public and non-profit boards of directors, including the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, the Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce, Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch, Homefront Development Corporation, the Glens Falls Hospital, and the Hyde Collection.

Rourke is a former Supervisor of the Town of Northumberland and former member of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. He is a graduate of Bentley College in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Distribution Committee approved the awarding of four Harry B. Pulver Scholarships for students attending Dartmouth or Harvard Colleges and four Pesquera Medical Scholarships for students attending medical school.

The following were recommended and approved for Harry B. Pulver Scholarships in the amount of $2000 each per year.

  • Elizabeth A. Pinto of Clifton Park—Harvard College
  • Molly C. Tarrant of Saratoga Springs—Harvard College
  • Kristina A. Nolte of Saratoga Springs—Harvard College
  • Rachael E. Kandath of Gansevoort—Dartmouth College

The following were recommended and approved for 2006 Gilberto and Lennetta Pesquera Medical Scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each.

  • Justin Karlitz-Grodin of Saratoga Springs—SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • Elizabeth Vito of Diamond Point—University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Paddock of Lake George—Albany Medical College
  • Brian Wasserman of Queensbury—Vanderbilt School of Medicine

The following grant applications were approved:

  • $4,600 Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra towards Sept. 17 guest soloist program
  • $5,000 Greater Glens Falls Senior Citizens towards roof and floor restoration
  • $3,000 Hartford Historical Group towards building restoration
  • $4,000 Historical Society of Moreau and South Glens Falls, Inc. towards restoration of Parks-Bentley House
  • $4,000 Literacy NENY towards bathroom restoration
  • $2,000 Pencil Pals, Inc towards expansion of school supply backpack program
  • $2,500 Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation Group, Inc. towards a frieze restoration project.

The next Distribution Committee meeting for the purpose of reviewing grant applications will be held in October. The grant application deadline is September 20th. Non-profit organizations in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties are eligible to apply.

For more information contact: 
John G. Zeis, Administrator, The Glens Falls Foundation — Phone (518) 761-7350

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June 27, 2006

Appointment of Mark L. Behan to Distribution Committee

Mark L. Behan of Glens Falls has been appointed to the Distribution Committee of the Glens Falls Foundation effective July 1, 2006 to fill the seat formerly held by Marilyn Cohen. Mr. Behan was appointed by Judge David Krogman under terms of the Foundation’s Declaration of Trust.

Mark L. Behan is president of Behan Communications Inc., a public relations, public affairs, and marketing firm which he founded 18 years ago. The firm has offices in Glens Falls and Albany. The firm represents major businesses and institutions throughout Northeastern New York.

Mr. Behan is a graduate of Colgate University, and has completed executive education programs at the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Business School and the Cambridge Forum on Executive Leadership.

Prior to founding Behan Communications, Mr. Behan held senior positions at the Albany Times Union and the Glens Falls Post-Star. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Glens Falls Hospital and a director of Adirondack Health Services Inc. He is a former president of the St. Mary's - St. Alphonsus School Board and a former director of Crandall Library, the Chapman Historical Museum, and the Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce.

He and his wife Sally have three children and live in Glens Falls.

For more information contact: 
John G. Zeis, Administrator, The Glens Falls Foundation — Phone (518) 761-7350

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