More than $1.9 million in grants awarded during 2013 fiscal year

LAKE PLACID -- Adirondack Foundation's generous donors and nonprofit partners helped make 2013 a year to remember.

The Adirondack region's community foundation awarded more than $1.9 million in grants during the 2013 fiscal year, including funding for a homeless shelter in Malone, iPads in Lake Placid classrooms, scholarships through the Crary Education Fund, afterschool ski programs in Speculator, emergency fuel for Essex and Westport residents and support for multiple arts programs in the Gore Mountain region.

"Adirondack Foundation's impact has grown tremendously since our founding 16 years ago," Executive Director Cali Brooks said. "We now provide stewardship for more than $34 million in personalized charitable funds and organizational assets."

The foundation also continued to provide services to nonprofit organizations in 2013. In June, it hosted a seminar for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

In August, the foundation brought families together for a special event at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake that featured a series of presentations on Adirondack issues.

In October it was a workshop on charitable tax planning for local attorneys and accountants.


In November, Adirondack Foundation and three other groups hosted the Nonprofit Summit at The Wild Center, which featured the unveiling of an economic impact study of 36 Adirondack nonprofits.

Adirondack Foundation also introduced its new crowdfunding site for Adirondack region nonprofits, civic groups, teachers and students --


2013 was a year of growth and change for Adirondack Foundation. Most notably, the Board of Trustees changed the organization's name from Adirondack Community Trust to Adirondack Foundation.

The board itself also went through a transition, as Co-Chair Vinny McClelland stepped down after serving a full term of nine years. Trustee Fred Calder also stepped down in 2013.


The board welcomed two new members this fall: Holly Wolff of Saranac Lake and Ridgefield, Conn., and Cecil Wray of Keene and New York City.

Wolff, who worked for IBM before retiring, also serves on Pendragon Theatre's board and has been active on a number of boards in Connecticut, including the United Way of Connecticut and the United Way of Western Connecticut.

Wray is a former Adirondack Park Agency commissioner and a retired partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, a law firm based in New York City.

The foundation's Advisory Council also welcomed new members in 2013, including Greg Caito of Ausable Forks, Kim Elliman of Coreys, Bill Weber and Amy Vedder of Johnsburg and Wendy Pierce of Tupper Lake. A new staff member, Communications Manager Chris Morris, also joined the team.

Those who are interested in working with the foundation to give back to the Adirondack region are asked to call Cali Brooks at (518) 523-9904.

To view a digital version of the 2013 Annual Report go to Click on "Menu," "Who We Are," "News" and "Annual Reports." To request a copy of the report, call Chris Morris at (518) 523-9904.