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This image was part of the St. Lawrence Arts Council's Adirondack Gives campaign to raise money for a new pottery wheel.  Photo:  SLC Arts/Renee Stauffer
This image was part of the St. Lawrence Arts Council's Adirondack Gives campaign to raise money for a new pottery wheel. Photo: SLC Arts/Renee Stauffer

How one Adirondack organization is crowdfunding local nonprofits

Nonprofit groups are a big part of the North Country's economy, helping with everything from social service and health needs to job training, arts and education. But fundraising is often a huge bottleneck, as organizations scramble to find new donors.

Now, Adirondack Foundation, a community organization that serves the Adirondack region, has started a new crowdfunding website. Adirondack Gives is designed to help nonprofits in our region connect with people who can give even small amounts.  Go to full article
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country non-profits struggle to grow jobs and attract dollars

This week NCPR is looking at the role that non-profit organizations are playing in the North Country's economy.

Hospitals, research labs, and universities provide some of the best jobs, bringing new investment and grant money to our small towns. But even as non-profits work to grow and attract even more economic development to the region, they face big hurdles, including the loss of government dollars.  Go to full article

Commentary: A time for giving... locally

The end of the year is a busy time - holidays to plan for. Travel. Celebrations. It's also a natural time for reflection, and thinking ahead, for trying to make a difference. Cali Brooks works in philanthropy, in the Adirondacks. That's where her thoughts are as 2009 closes.  Go to full article
Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center groundbreaking. Source: Ft. Ticonderoga
Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center groundbreaking. Source: Ft. Ticonderoga

Latest battle at Ft. Ticonderoga is with $2.5 million debt

Fort Ticonderoga is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the North Country. The sprawling 5,000-acre outdoor museum on the shore of Lake Champlain is also one of the most important landmarks in American history. But a feud with a major donor has left the privately owned museum deep in debt and scrambling to raise funds to pay for a new education center. Fort Ticonderoga's chairman has raised the possibility of closing the facility, or auctioning part of its collection. As Brian Mann reports, historians and tourism officials say Ticonderoga is too important to lose.  Go to full article
Paramedics Joe Connelly(L) & Phil Suarez in NorDijhia carrying sick baby (Source:  Phil Suarez)
Paramedics Joe Connelly(L) & Phil Suarez in NorDijhia carrying sick baby (Source: Phil Suarez)

North Country Paramedic in Pakistan's Quake Zone

Over the last year, North Country soldiers, National Guardsmen, and volunteers have been helping people around the world recover from natural disasters. Gulf Coast hurricanes and the tsunami in Southeast Asia have drawn much of the attention. But one of the most devastating natural disasters was a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on October 8. The quake flattened villages in a remote region of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. Aid groups say as many as 3 million victims are still at risk from disease and exposure. Joe Connelly returned earlier this month from the mountain valleys of Pakistan. Connelly is a paramedic, who divides his time between North Creek and New York City. He spent two weeks volunteering, bringing medical treatment to people in some of the hardest-hit and most secluded villages. He spoke with Brian Mann.

Note: Portions of this interview include graphic descriptions of injury and death.  Go to full article

Giving Not-For-Profits a Leg Up

The Adirondack Community Trust is challenging non-profit organizations in six North Country counties to go a step further in securing their financial futures. ACT is offering training and matching funds to small- and medium-sized non-profits to begin building their own endowments. Martha Foley talks with ACT's executive director, Cali Brooks.  Go to full article

SUNY Plattsburgh Receives Kent-Gorton Bequest

Plattsburgh State University says it has received a gift of artwork and money valued at more than $700,000. The gift was left to the school by Sally Kent-Gorton, who died last spring. Kent-Gorton was the widow of famed Adirondack painter Rockwell Kent. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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