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The Northern New York Community Foundation -

Working with donors to benefit the community through grants and scholarships since 1929

The Northern New York Community Foundation raises, manages and administers an endowment and collection of funds for the benefit of the community. We use our earnings to support a program of college scholarships for area residents and grants to non-profit organizations to improve our community’s quality of life.

Since 1929, we have helped make good things happen in northern New York. We serve as a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors and non-profit organizations.

Through the generosity of many donors, we have been able to invest in a permanent endowment now valued at over $40 million, and have awarded more than this amount in grants and scholarships.

The Foundation’s role in the community goes beyond grants and scholarships. We bring people together to discuss local community problems and work to find creative solutions. And, we work to help donors achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come.

Since 1957, the Northern New York Community Foundation has been a member of the Council on Foundations, a national membership organization that serves the public good by promoting and enhancing responsible and effective philanthropy. More information is available at their web site,


The Northern New York Community Foundation raises, manages and administers an endowment and collection of funds for the benefit of the community, built and added to by gifts from individuals and organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of Northern New York.

Guided by donors and representatives from our community, the Foundation makes grants to support the work of non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to individuals in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. Donors who establish funds within the Foundation receive professional administration, significant tax savings, and the opportunity and satisfaction of broadly benefiting our community now and in the future.


DYK Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson grew up in Watertown where he clerked for a local attorney and was admitted to the bar in 1929.  He served as the city's mayor and in 1952 was appointed Jefferson County's Supreme Court Judge, where he enjoyed a long and distinguished career.  Through his estate, Judge Hudson established a substantial fund at the Community Foundation.
Henry Hudson cared deeply for his community...You too can count on the Northern New York Community Foundation to turn caring into commitment.  We make it easy to be a philanthropist now and for generations to come.  Please contact us for more information.


Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc.

HSBC Building • Suite 400 • 120 Washington Street • Watertown, New York 13601
 Phone: 315-782-7110 • Fax: 315-782-0047 • Email:

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