Coming up this Wednesday is a great event at Longfellows, An Evening of Autumn of Giving to help raise money for the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, part of their Autumn of Giving Match Campaign taking place through the end of October here in our community. I had an opportunity to chat with Joan Taylor, the ATC Community Fund Chair about the campaign and how we can all help contribute.
Joan: The first Autumn of Giving Match Campaign was conducted in October of 2013 to create increased awareness of the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, an independent charitable organization established in 2009, and to encourage community donations to the portion of the Fund that is dedicated to supporting the work of local charities through the annual Lend-A-Hand Grant program. The work of our nonprofits is vital to maintaining the health and vitality of our community, and is in a large part responsible for the quality of life we all enjoy.
The 2013 Autumn of Giving Match Campaign was embraced by the community and over $39,000 was raised in donations, which was in turn matched by the The Adirondack Trust Company for a total benefit of over $78,000. The 2014 Match Campaign runs October 1 through 31. The Advisory Committee which is made up of Community- minded volunteers, over sees both the ATC Community Fund and the Campaign. We are looking to build on last year’s success and raise a minimum of $40,000 in donations form generous, philanthropic individuals and businesses in our community to benefit the Community Fund. Again Adirondack Trust Will match ALL donations given in the month of October.
The funds that are raised during the Match Campaign are placed in the Community Fund Account that is dedicated to supporting our local charities. The goal is twofold: to both grow the fund into an enduring source of financial support for our local charities, and at the same time to grow the total amount that is awarded annually to these charities via the Communities Fund Lend-A-Hand Grant Program. As a result of last year’s successful Autumn of Giving Campaign, $42,500 In grants was awarded to 17 very deserving local charitable organizations. This represented a significant increase from previous year’s grant totals which averaged about $11,000.
We really look at how best the dollars can be spent to make a difference for the good of our community, and we subsequently follow up with grant recipients to make sure that project goals were successfully achieved. With that said, our recipients span all different areas of charitable need, and vary from grass roots, almost all volunteer groups to well established organizations.
Here is how you can help contribute, and remember that you must participate in October to do double the good and get the match dollars:
- Online Donations can be made by using the Donate Now Tab on the ATC Community Fund’s website or the Make the Match App on the ATC Community Fund’s Facebook page.
- Donations can also be mailed to: ATC Community Fund, Attn: Kim Gallo, 31 Church St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
- There are also 20 local business and media partners who are generously offering promotions to the public during the month of October. Patronage of these great businesses also generates a donation to the Community Fund. A list Of business partners can be found on the ATCCF.org web page or is available at bank offices.
- Attend their Evening of Autumn of Giving to be held October 23rd at Longfellows, tickets are just $25, click here for more info.