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Foundation Scholarships Recognize Student Achievement, Help Attain Dream of a College Education

Posted on: Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Schenectady Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 college scholarships: Victoria Phillips (Schenectady High School), Lindsay Thornton (Niskayuna High School), William D. Smith III (Schenectady High School), Grace Herrmann (Schenectady High School), and Autumn Reichelt (Niskayuna...


$1.1 M to be Awarded in Grants and Scholarships

Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Foundation has launched its 2017 grant programs!  The primary emphasis for our grants this year is continued support of the Call to Action for Schenectady's Youth initiatve.  The Foundation has already funded a number of Call to Action programs,...


End Child Hunger. Give to Weekend BackPack Fund TODAY!

Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Donate today to the Weekend Backpack Fund! Last year, with the Weekend Backpack Partnership’s support, 900 chronically hungry school children in Schenectady received a consistent source of nutritious food. But there are many more children suffering from food insecurity who should...


The Call to Action Youth Advisory Council has been selected and is meeting weekly.

Posted on: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Schenectady Foundation is happy to announce the formation of our Youth Advisory Council!  The mission of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide a youth voice to the decision-making processes of the Call to Action. The Youth Advisory Council’s primary responsibility will...


Omayra Padilla DeJesus Joins Foundation Board

Posted on: Monday, April 25, 2016

Omayra Padilla DeJesus has been appointed to a five-year term on the Board and Distribution Committee of The Schenectady Foundation.  Dr. DeJesus, originally from Puerto Rico, earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley in 2003,...


Bequest Boosts Foundation Endowment

Posted on: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Philip D. Brandes, who invested his entire professional career with the General Electric Company as an engineer, died last August at the age of 92.  Family members describe Mr. Brandes as leading a quiet, somewhat reclusive life outside of his professional...


Call to Action Youth Summit May 25th at Proctors Theatre

Posted on: Monday, March 7, 2016

“Keep It Real: Shaping a Community that Cares about its Youth” will bring together 400 educators, community members, business leaders and youths to explore how we can improve the success of our young people in school, in the community and...


Capital Roots Expands to Improve Food Access for Low-Income Schenectady Residents

Posted on: Friday, November 6, 2015

A $50,000 Foundation grant to Capital Roots will help improve the food security of low-income Schenectady residents. Capital Roots is partnering with Schenectady Community Action Partnership (SCAP) to create a convenient new satellite food hub at SCAP, in tandem with...


Study to Examine Causes and Effects of Housing Instability

Posted on: Friday, November 6, 2015

A new study supported by The Schenectady Foundation will look at the causes of housing instability and insecurity in Schenectady, where some neighborhoods suffer persistent poverty. The Housing Matters Sustainable Housing Study will explore how transient and subsidized housing affects job...


Continued Support of Smart Scholars an Investment in Schenectady Youths

Posted on: Friday, November 6, 2015

With a $135,000 grant, The Schenectady Foundation continues its support of Schenectady’s youth and the Smart Scholars program. Schenectady Smart Scholars is a full-day, 12-month initiative providing academic and social support services to empower disadvantaged, academically at-risk Schenectady High School...