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Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of - and fosters collaboration between - not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we speak with Rev. Donna Elia, Executive Director of Troy Area United Ministries about their many programs including the Furniture Program, Troy Damien Center, Computers for Kids, Rev. DR. Martin Luther King Events and Scholarships, Campus Ministry at Sage, Holiday Adopt a Family and CROP Hunger Walk.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place. Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we’ll learn about Unity House and its partnerships with Capital Roots and Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO). We are joined by Mandy Brown, Special Events Coordinator at Unity House; Amy Halloran, Food Justice Case manager at Unity House; Will Malcolm, Food Access Manager at Capital Roots; Renata Gwozdz, Community Service Manager at CEO.

  Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial FoundationProviding a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on Butterfly Wings – an organization that provides non-food resources to families during times of financial insecurity. Christine J. Baxter, Director of Community Development, joins us.

By 2025, Americans will likely be donating over half a trillion dollars annually to nonprofit organizations. Those philanthropic gifts will transform significant parts of America's civic sector landscape.

Philanthropy is entering an era of unprecedented growth and innovation. Established foundations such as Ford and Rockefeller are doubling down on programs tackling long-simmering problems, including global inequality, less-than-stellar education, and uneven access to health care. Many foundations are engaging in advocacy on controversial issues, exploring venture philanthropy solutions, and experimenting with impact investing. And philanthropists such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, New York's high-profile financiers, and Silicon Valley's billionaires are planning to put their wealth to work as never before: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan recently pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares during their lifetimes, and nearly 150 others have signed the Giving Pledge to increase dramatically their "giving while living."

In Putting Wealth to Work, Joel L. Fleishman provides expert analysis of contemporary philanthropy, offering invaluable insight for those engaging with and affected by charitable foundations. This is the fascinating and definitive account of philanthropy today, and an indispensable guide to understanding its inner workings, impact, and expansive potential.

On November 3rd, The YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and The Arts Center of the Capital Region will present the 3rd Annual BraVa! Fundraiser. The event will showcase local artists reading poems, songs, monologues and essays on the topic of bras in their lives. Last year’s event featured twelve talented writers from around the Capital Region whose pieces touched on the subject of bras from many viewpoints which ranged from the poignant to the hilarious. More than 500 bras were collected last year and were provided to those in need at the YWCA and throughout the greater capital region.

BraVa! was founded by author, editor and educator, Marian Roach Smith. She joins us today along with Daquetta Jones, the executive director of the YWCA

Erin McKeown
Joanna Chattman


  On September 9th, singer-songwriter, sportsfan, writer, and music producer Erin McKeown is playing at Signature Sounds’ The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA on September 9th with Orchestral synth-rock band, The Cabin Project.

 

Prior to that, on September 4th, McKeown will present her 8th Cabin Fever live-streamed house concert -- for which she and The Cabin Project will play her two recent EPs, Mirrors Break Back and According to Us. The episode is free - donations will be distributed to Houston Food Bank, Black Girls Code, and Border Angels.

For Goodness Bake is an annual Beacon bake sale dedicated to raising funds and awareness for charitable organizations within the Hudson Valley. Now in its fifth year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised thousanda for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Green Teen Beacon and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

Taking place from 10:00 - 4:00 PM on August 5 at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, this year’s For Goodness Bake will be raising funds and awareness for the Beacon Rec After School Program Tuition Assistance Fund, a new educational presence in the community.

We are joined by: Kristen Pratt and Tara Tornello, co-founders of For Goodness Bake, and Nate Smith, Assistant Director of Beacon Rec Dept and Head of Beacon After School program.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

This morning we focus on: The People's Place is a thrift store and food pantry located in Kingston NY. Founded in 1972, their mission is to feed, clothe and respond to the essential needs of the people in Ulster County with kindness, compassion and the preservation of human dignity.

We are joined by Tim Hurley, Board President and Christine Hein, Executive Director.

Bestselling author Anne Lamott’s work looks to help guide us through the confusion of the world, the complexities of our own hearts, and the complications of understanding relationships with others – children, partners, friends, neighbors, the stranger at the clothing store.

Her latest is: Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy. 

  Our Falling Into Place series spotlights the important work of -- and fosters collaboration between -- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we learn about Grassroot Givers. Their mission is to make a connection between the needs in the community and those with resources to share. We are joined by Founder and Co-Director Roberta Sandler and Co-Director Mary Partridge-Brown. 

A record number 16-teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum on last night.

Now, this year’s Canstruction “Go Team” themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is underway. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 105,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The seventh annual Capital Region Canstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 22,  2017 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome Canstruction President Sara Stein, Jill Shorter – Vice President of teaming and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Our guest today is Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York in Latham. 

An annual marathon dance in South Glens Falls has set a new record.

The 40th South High Marathon Dance raised $823,614.92 over a 28-hour period this weekend, breaking last-year’s record-setting total. Last year the event raised more than $762,000.

Chuck Collins grew up in the 1 percent as the great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, but at age 26 he gave away his inheritance.

He has been working to reduce inequality and strengthen communities since 1982. His new book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Janine Robitaille, Executive Director of the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) in Albany joins us to discuss their mission to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.

Ray Kroc was peddling franchises around the country for a fledgling hamburger stand in the 1950s - McDonald’s, it was called - when he entered a St. Paul supper club and encountered a beautiful young piano player named Joan who would change his life forever.

Just as their relationship twisted and turned dramatically, the fortunes of Ray’s new business came perilously close to failure.  Ultimately Ray wrested control of McDonald’s from the original founders; in short order the successful burger stand in the desert of California would be transformed into a stock market sensation and international brand.

To the outside world, Ray and Joan were happy, enormously rich, and giving. But privately, Joan was growing troubled over Ray’s temper and dark secret, something she was reluctant to publicly reveal. And yet, this volatility paved the way for Joan’s transformation into one of the greatest philanthropists of our time.

Journalist Lisa Napoli’s new book is: Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away. 

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Today we will learn about Troy Area United Ministries which has various programs to serve those in need, including a Furniture Program, Troy Damien Center, MLK Scholarships, and Computers for Kids.

Rev. Donna Elia, Executive Director of Troy Area United Ministries joins us. 

If you, or someone you know has furniture available to donate, please call at 274.5920 x204.

The 2nd Annual Brava, a fundraiser that will provide new bras to women at the YWCA and those in need in the community, will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

The Arts Center is a partner in the event which will feature 8 to 10 talented writers from around the region who will read jury-selected poems and essays or perform songs and monologues on the subject of brassieres in their lives. The pieces will touch on the subject of bras from many viewpoints and range from the poignant to the hilarious. (Submission information here. Must be received by 10/14/16.)

Last year’s sold-out event aimed to collect at least 200 new bras to be distributed to women at the YWCA and others who need them, but more than doubled their goal by collecting over 500 bras. Artist Sharon Bates will be on hand at the event to create a unique installation of the contributed bras. To tell us more we welcome Malissa Pilette-McClenon from the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region and Marion Roach Smith.

Take A Sip For TRIP

May 25, 2016

  The Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP), Inc. is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization created in 1968 to assist low- and moderate-income families in Troy achieve the dream of home ownership.

TRIP’s fourth annual Take a Sip for TRIP fundraiser will take place on Thursday, June 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. Here to tell us more is Christine Nealon, TRIP’s Executive Director.

  Kelly’s Angels is preparing for its popular Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K Run/Walk, this Sunday – Mother’s Day - at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Kelly’s Angels was founded in 2008 by WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland in memory of his wife, Kelly, who passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer. Kelly's Angels provides gifts to children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. The donations, called "Fun Grants,” are as varied as the kids whom Kelly’s Angels serves — from the purchase of a guitar, a night out at a fancy restaurant, to trips to big league games.

Mulholland says the event is held on Mother’s Day because it honors Kelly as a devoted mother, wife and revered teacher who loved children with all of her heart.

With more than 1,500 participants and supporters last year, the Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K has quickly become a family tradition in the Capital Region.

  The fourth annual Art and Soul reception will take place tomorrow at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul. The program runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public.

The Art and Soul reception funds the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of local residents. For many residents, this is the first accessible medical care in their lifetime.

The Vassar Haiti Project, founded in 2001, promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and provides students and volunteers a life changing experiential education in global citizenship. VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, clean water access, and women’s health.

This morning we welcome the co-founders of the project: Andrew and Lila Meade, board member Caryn Halle, and Dr. Joassainvil Gueslin.

Fifteen teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum  last night.

Now, this year’s CANstruction Play themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is under way. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 100,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The sixth annual Capital Region CANstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome CANstruction President Sara Stein, and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

  There are those of us who help and those of us who live to help; how far would you go to do onto others? In the new book Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, New Yorker writer, Larissa MacFarquhar digs deep into the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment. She seeks out  people who devote themselves fully to bettering the lives of strangers. 

Shelters Of Saratoga

Dec 4, 2015

Harsh winter weather is rapidly approaching and so is the need for homeless shelters to accommodate the number of homeless and people in need of assistance over the upcoming months. Shelters of Saratoga offers valuable homeless services throughout the year for adults and youth through temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services and affordable housing.

To sustain and maintain this vital programming, Shelters of Saratoga is holding a series of fundraising events, the next of which is this coming Monday.

Here to tell us more are Michael Finocchi, Shelters of Saratoga Executive Director and Kelvin Davis, Former Shelters of Saratoga Beneficiary. Kelvin is currently employed by SOS as a Monitor.

  The Ford Foundation recently announced that they’re changing the way they fund U.S.-based and international organizations. They are directing more attention toward operating support rather than providing smaller grants for individual programs.

Locally, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation are also working to educate donors and other funding organizations that it’s no longer realistic to simply fund programs without accounting for the operating costs of nonprofit organizations.

All of this is part of a national movement to educate donors – especially now during this charitable time of year.

Chris Cardona, the Program Officer for Philanthropy at The Ford Foundation joins us along with Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of The Community Foundation and Leslie Cheu, Executive Director of the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

Life Is Good: The Book

Nov 23, 2015

  Bert and John Jacobs are brothers and the men behind the Life is Good brand. The Jacobs brothers grew up in a family of eight in working class Boston where they weathered many difficulties. Despite their hardships, their optimistic mother, Joan, would put a humorous and positive spin on everything and this unflagging optimistic outlook on life took hold for the youngest Jacobs brothers and became the basis for their future endeavor together.

In 1989, after graduating college, Bert and John knew one thing: they didn't want a real job.

Designing t-shirts seemed like the fun way for them to start a business. They starting selling their designs in the streets of Boston and out of an old van at colleges and street fairs. After many trials and errors, their optimistic look at life caught on. Today their company is a $100 million clothing company with one simple, unifying mission: to spread the power of optimism.

Listener Essay - Cash Or Cans?

Nov 18, 2015

  Kathryn Allen is a writer who lives in Menands. She is vice-chair of the Unity House board.

Cash or Cans?

In the ramp up to the holiday season, community groups are organizing food drives to provide much needed help to local food pantries. At my gym - Plaza Fitness - the trainers have each put out a huge box for donations. They’ve launched a contest to see which of their client teams will bring in the most food for the City Mission.

At first I looked askance at this. A recent New York Times piece suggested that giving cash to food pantries is a better way to help hungry families. The argument is that food pantries can buy food in bulk at regional food banks for much less than donors pay at their local supermarkets.

What’s a donor to do? Cans or cash?

In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity.

  In their latest book, now in paperback, A Path Appears  is a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place. The book is also a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 mil­lion, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.

Kristof and WuDunn, husband and wife, have co-authored three previous books: Half the SkyThunder from the East, and China Wakes. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2009.

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy will host a breakfast with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on Thursday October 29, in Albany. 

  This morning we will learn about a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA.

  Dragons Alive celebrates life and wellness through the ancient sport of dragonboating. The Dragons Alive team is made up of multiple crews, including breast cancer survivors, friends and family, and community members who support and respect its mission.

Feed the Dragon, the second annual dragon festival to be held this Saturday, July 18 from 8-3 pm at Mohawk Valley Marine in Alplaus, NY.

This year’s event is going to support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and help promote fitness and the sport of dragon boating in our region.

To find out more, we welcome: Louisa Matthew, professor at Union College, founding member of Dragons Alive and Festival coordinator; Robert Baker, manager of Farm Projects & Food Drives for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; and Florence Lynds, a member of Dragons Alive and Dragon Boat Festival team recruiter.

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