On September 26th, the Niskayuna Community Foundation (NCF) proudly celebrated our 15th anniversary by hosting a community-wide day of service and celebration.
Over 200 volunteers completed 15 community service projects for not-for-profit organizations that serve Niskayuna residents, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safe Inc., and the Niskayuna Senior Center. After a day of fulfilling work, friends and neighbors came together for a celebration of community spirit with a party and fundraiser at LT’s Grill.
Over the past 15 years, the NCF has awarded more than 60 scholarships to Niskayuna students and distributed more than 175 financial grants to organizations that make life better for Niskayuna residents, supporting arts and culture, education, health, recreation, environment, and human services programs and projects.
Our 15th Anniversary celebration reflected so many important aspects of the NCF’s mission. This unique celebration:
- helped raise awareness about the need for social service programs in our community
- “gave back” to organizations that work year-round to help our community both with volunteer power and also with funding for materials and supplies
- linked individuals, families, groups and businesses with local service providers to make meaningful connections.
- strengthened NCF’s relationship with the town and local charities.
Thank you for Celebrating With Us Niskayuna!!
The Niskayuna Community Foundation enhances the quality of life in the Niskayuna town and school district through organized philanthropy. The Niskayuna Community Foundation:
- Distributes grants to support arts and culture, education, health, recreation, environment, and human services programs and projects
- Offers flexible, effective giving opportunities for donors
- Acts as an enduring resource to augment community programs and initiatives
With a booming local population, financially strapped local governments and school districts, and dwindling public monies for nonprofit organizations, the Foundation needs your help to further strengthen the Niskayuna community. All donations are tax-deductible and you will be recognized in Community Connections, our annual newsletter, and on our website.
The Niskayuna Community Foundation operates as an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, both of which are part of a rapidly growing community foundation movement nationwide. More than 700 community foundations across the United States work to enhance and improve their hometowns through a variety of projects. Community foundations build endowments for their community and distribute grants to meet community needs. Foundations like the Niskayuna Community Foundation are often referred to as the school & town “insurance policy for the future.”
The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”
The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”