Below is such a powerful message from the former president of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Jennifer Dowley, that resonated so deeply with all of us at the Jane Lloyd Fund we just had to share. You DO make a difference...we've seen it first hand. So, thank you! And to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, congratulations on your recognition and thank you for all you do!
"Generosity abounds here, so I don’t think you’ll be surprised to learn that Berkshire Taconic is nationally recognized for the generosity of our donors. In a study of over 300 community foundations, ours is listed 61st in the rankings for most gifts per capita! (This puts us ahead of foundations in Cleveland, Seattle, Rhode Island and Vermont). And we have been in the top 100 for many years.
I like to think that’s because we have the best of rural traditions: we try to take care of each other. That care is expressed in all manner of ways—large gifts from people setting up a family legacy, but also modest ones.
Every week, we receive gifts of $5 to one of our funds that provides enrichment activities for public school students or of $10 to a fund that helps cancer patients pay for expenses while undergoing treatment. Generosity comes from a sense of belonging to a community and caring about others.
In 2014, Berkshire Taconic accepted $7 million (over 3,300 individual gifts) from throughout our region. Of those, nearly three-quarters were under $250! That’s generosity in action. Our funds and our donors in turn distributed over $9 million to individuals and nonprofits.
Our world here is better for all the good you do. Thank you for the trust you place in Berkshire Taconic, and may 2015 generate many more generous acts. We’re here to help!"
ABOUT THE BERKSHIRE TACONIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities, improves the quality of life for all residents in the region it serves and acts as an agent for positive change. Since 1987, Berkshire Taconic has managed a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. Each year, the foundation distributes over $7 million through grants and scholarships for programs in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection, helping thousands of donors achieve their philanthropic goals and hundreds of nonprofits carry on their good work. Berkshire Taconic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.
The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation is proud to steward The Jane Lloyd Fund. When you make a donation, the foundation will send you written acknowledgement for tax purposes. If you are contributing by check, please make the check payable to TheBerkshire Taconic Community Foundation and write The Jane Lloyd Fund on the memo line.
To learn more about the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation please visit them at:
800 N Main Street
Sheffield, MA 01257
tel: 413.229.0370 | fax: 413.229.0329