The Niskayuna Community Foundation is the only philanthropic organization which exclusively serves the Niskayuna community. The mission is to enhance and improve the quality of life in the Niskayuna town and school district through organized philanthropy.
The Niskayuna Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. As an affiliate, the Niskayuna Community Foundation enjoys the independence of its own volunteer Board of Directors and endowed and operating funds, while at the same time utilizing the administrative and investment expertise of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
The Niskayuna Community Foundation:
GATHERS funds from generous residents, alumni and businesses to ensure a healthy future for our community.
GROWS endowment funds through investments and active management to ensure that they generate support in perpetuity. The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region oversees this role with input from the Niskayuna Community Foundation Board of Directors.
GRANTS funds to nonprofit applicants, including the town and school district, who request grants to benefit Niskayuna residents. In the first fifteen years of grant making, the Niskayuna Community Foundation has granted funds to more than 175 organizations, as well as given scholarships and awards to more than 60 deserving students and teachers.
The Niskayuna Community Foundation enables donors to see their dollars at work in diverse projects through a tax-deductible donation to a central organization.
By fulfilling these goals Niskayuna is able to:
- Meet the needs of its diverse residents.
- Be a proactive community
- Be responsive to the changing needs of our community
- Build for the future
- Continue supporting its educational institutions
- Strengthen Schenectady County and the greater Capital Region
To fulfill its mission, the Niskayuna Community Foundation will:
- Encourage all who have benefited from the quality of life in Niskayuna to contribute to its enhancement for current and future generations
- Provide leadership to build and prudently manage endowments and other gifts
- Distribute grants to programs and projects addressing needs in such fields as arts and culture, education, environment, health, recreation and human services
- Offer flexible, cost-effective opportunities for donors of varying economic means to support a single project or an array of endeavors through their financial, charitable and community commitment
- Act as an enduring resource to augment community programs and initiatives
A grassroots effort of community volunteers, the Niskayuna Community Foundation was founded on December 31, 1999, upon signing an agreement to become an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
As a result, the Niskayuna Community Foundation combines the advantage of a traditional community foundation, including nonprofit 501(c)(3) status, with administrative and investment support and guidance. The Niskayuna Community Foundation has the permanence and flexibility of a standalone foundation and the independence of a separate volunteer Board of Directors and its own endowed and operating funds.
More than 1,000 Founding Members made contributions to the Founders Campaign. A plaque recognizing the Founding Members is located in the Niskayuna Town Hall.
About the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
For nearly fifty years, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region has matched donors with the issues that matter to them. The Foundation has worked with donors to distribute more than $45 million in grants since their inception in 1968.
By attracting charitable endowments both large and small, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community needs, the Niskayuna Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region work together as our community’s permanent endowment. More information on the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region can be found at www.cfgcr.org.