The Northern New York Philanthropy Center is located at 131 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. Its main entrance is on the back side of the building, not the Washington Street side. The Philanthropy Center opened its doors in February 2017 as the permanent home of the Northern New York Community Foundation, which occupies the entire second floor and owns and manages the facility.
The Philanthropy Center is open to guests and visitors weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 315-782-7110 for information on building access outside of regular operating hours.
The Philanthropy Center offers limited parking for building guests and visitors on site. Street parking is available. Additionally, there are several public parking lots nearby, such as the J.B. Wise lot and the Stone Street lot. Please contact the Foundation if you need more information. Parking spaces behind 215 Washington Street are not available. Guests parking in that lot are subject to towing at their own expense.
The Philanthropy Center complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act and is fully accessible to all, regardless of physical ability. An elevator that is audibly equipped for the visually impaired is easily accessed in the main lobby.
Nonprofit Collaboration Floor
The Philanthropy Center is also home to five local nonprofits that occupy office space on the Robert and Jean Sturtz Nonprofit Collaboration Floor, located on the building’s third floor They are:
- Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Northern New York ….. Suite 300
- Food Bank of Central New York (administrative office only; no food is held or distributed on site) ….. Suite 302
- Girl Scouts NYPENN Pathways ….. Suite 306
- North Country Arts Council ….. Suite 306
- Stage Notes ….. Suite 310
Using the Philanthropy Center
The Northern New York Community Foundation is pleased to open its doors to the community at the Northern New York Philanthropy Center by allowing local nonprofit and community organizations to use its conference rooms and meeting facilities. Our vision is to become a gathering place for community philanthropy; a physical place where we welcome donors, nonprofit and community organizations to join together, address community issues of shared concern and promote improved quality of life for our region.
It is also important to note that the Philanthropy Center is not a for-profit conference center and operates primarily as “self-serve.” The Community Foundation, which manages the Philanthropy Center, does not have adequate staff or resources to serve the needs of all who use the center and its facilities. If your organization is interested in utilizing space, please download and read the Facilities Use Handbook to learn more. The handbook contains policies and procedures for reserving space and using the facilities.
Once you have read the handbook, contact Mary Perrine, Northern New York Community Foundation coordinator of partnerships, 315-782-7110, or firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that your organization is eligible to use the Philanthropy Center, then complete and return the forms found in the handbook to Mary Perrine, who will schedule a time to review your written request and visit the facilities.
Facility Use Handbook
Click the image to download the Northern New York Philanthropy Center Facility Use Handbook,