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    I get hit up by the ADK, and the Ausable River Association, and a few other places for money. What's the best place - is there an overarching place that distributes cash? Nature Conservancy maybe? I really don't feel that there needs to be this many executive directors and letterheads.

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    So we distribute grants to several different organizations. Here is the list of grants we have made since 2008.
    We have also committed another $5,500 to the Summit Steward Program and $1,000 to the repair of the ranger trail on Poko Moonshine for 2018.
    "Climbing is about freedom. There's no prize money; there are no gold medals. The mountains are all about going there to do what you want to do. That's why I'll never tell anyone else how to climb. All I can say is, This is how I prefer to do it."
    Ed Viesturs


    • #3
      Every organization has its own agenda and its own level of efficiency. This time of year is when you get hit with all the "begging letters" because folks are trying to get their donations into this tax year. You have to do your research and take your pick - you can't give to all of them. And no, there is no overarching "outdoor" type charity. Every one has plusses and minuses.

      And of course some people have more money to give, and some people have more time to give. So if you have time, save your money and volunteer. You get much closer to an organization as a volunteer than as a donor, and you can get a better assessment of whether you like what the organization is doing with your resources.


      • #4
        The ADK High Peaks Foundation (that operates this forum) that Jack referenced is very simple. There are no salaries or expensive mailings etc. We collect donations and quickly turn the funds into grants.
        Our current fund-raiser:
        Project-100: 100 peaks, one winter.


        • #5
          If you want to know something about the financial status of a charitable organization in NYS, go to the Attorney General's Charities Bureau search: . All organizations soliciting contributions from NYS residents or sources must file here. This is not all not-for-profit organizations.

          To search effectively you will need to know the exact formal name of the organization or a number representing it (searching 'adirondack' will bring up a huge list). This search will show the NYS CHAR500 form, showing they are an approved charity. The IRS Form 990 may be attached if the organization made enough money to be required to attach it (there are three levels of 990).

          If you don't see the 990, there are many other sources online for finding Form 990 filings, including the IRS.


          • #6
            Thumbs up to adk high peaks foundation. They have a depth of experience and internal controls to insure funds are professionally managed to serve the intent of their donors