Youth Philanthropy Council awards grants to five northern nonprofits | Community donations


WATERTOWN — The Youth Philanthropy Council of the Northern New York Community Foundation has awarded $5,000 in grants to five northern organizations to strengthen work in the nonprofit sector.

Funding for this work was made possible by the Community Foundation’s Herring College Memorial Fund. Each of the following three county organizations received a $1,000 grant to help with a wide range of community programs and projects:

• Disabled Persons Action Organization, Watertown: Provides individualized services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Jefferson and Lewis counties. Services are primarily aimed at helping families deal with the stress of caring for loved ones with disabilities.

• Mountain View Prevention Services, Lowville: Provides community prevention education on alcohol and substance abuse.

• Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club: Helps children reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens through educational, recreational, arts, and technology programs.

• Ontario Bays Initiative, Chaumont: A non-profit land trust dedicated to the voluntary conservation and stewardship of private undeveloped lands in Jefferson County. OBI’s service area encompasses the towns of Brownville, Cape Vincent, Ellisburg, Henderson, Hounsfield, LeRay, Lyme and Pamelia, and includes many miles of Lake Ontario shoreline.

• Museum of Electricity and Equipment of the St. Lawrence, Madrid: includes more than 30 buildings and ancillary facilities on an 8-hectare campus that celebrates the history of the inhabitants of the northern countryside in the 19th and 20th centuries, their way of life and how technology has helped shape their lives. Lives.

“These mission-based grants expand the work of the council and encourage deeper exploration of the organizations and their holistic work in the region. It helps them to better appreciate all that is involved in accomplishing a stated mission. In great depth, students were able to accomplish this while considering geography and impact,” said Rande S. Richardson, executive director of the Community Foundation, in a statement. “It’s a way to better prepare them for the grantmaking they will be doing in the coming months.”

This is the second year that the Youth Philanthropy Council has awarded mission-based grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of the three counties, which is not part of the council’s annual grant program.

The Youth Philanthropy Council screened nearly 150 community foundation partners and selected 10 nonprofits based on their community impact. Each of the 10 organizations is located in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence county. The Board selected five of those who will receive mission-based grants.

The Youth Philanthropy Council and its grantmaking program are made possible through annual donations to the Friends of the Foundation Annual Community Betterment Fund and support from the Watertown Savings Bank, Renzi Foodservice Charitable Foundation, Northern New York Community Foundation, and RBC Wealth Management.

The council was chartered in 2010 to promote positive youth development and engage youth in leadership activities while educating them about community philanthropy. Since its inception 11 years ago, the council has awarded nearly 112 grants to nonprofits in the tri-county area, totaling $180,070 in support. Nearly 140 students from seven secondary schools in the three counties served as council members.

Council members are currently reviewing nearly two dozen proposals for funding of up to $20,000 which will be announced in June. Last spring, the board awarded six grants totaling $17,200.

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