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.

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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. 

  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.


#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013 – that’s tomorrow!

Karen Bilowith President and CEO of The Community Foundation for the Great Capital Region and Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region join us to tell us more.

Fletcher Allen

A Vermont couple has donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington for heart research.

The grant from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe will go toward research into improving treatment for atrial fibrillation, a common type of rapid heartbeat.

About 5.5 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, which raises the risk for stroke and death.

The hospital says medication often doesn't provide a cure. An alternative is catheter ablation which uses heat to change how electricity flows through the heart.