“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin’s famous quotation is a guiding principle for many organizations when deciding when, where and how to invest their charitable donations and volunteer hours. Utica-based national public adjusting and disaster recovery organizations Adjusters International (AI) and Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro (AI/BLC) have taken this advice to heart by becoming a Corporate Partner to the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
As a Utica-based national public adjusting and disaster recovery organizations, AI and AI/BLC have been actively involved with The Foundation for several years in both a volunteer and fundraising capacity. Known as a transformational investing group, The Foundation funds strategic, real-time, annual programs and initiatives in response to the priority needs of the Herkimer and Oneida County Communities with the goal of making a positive economic and social impact.
Adjusters International’s Executive Chairman, Ron Cuccaro, who is past chair of the nonprofits’ Board of Trustees, feels strongly that helping local citizens and economies to grow and thrive is a worthy goal for any organization.
The mission at The Foundation is to use its financial, intellectual and convening capital to address the fundamental challenges of our community in the areas of education, health, economic development and arts and culture. That’s why this sponsorship is such an important one. As a Corporate Partner, we will help The Foundation to continue delivering its excellent programs and services across the Tri-County Region. I would like to say thank you in advance to all of our clients, staff and friends for lending their support to this important cause.
Ron Cuccaro, Executive Chairman
Some of The Foundation’s upcoming projects and initiatives include:
- The Impact Opportunity Challenge - Launched in 2016, the Challenge awarded $25,000 to an entrepreneurial team to start a business in Downtown Utica. With the help of Corporate Partners’ including AI and AI/BLC, the 2017 Challenge will expand to support more investment in the area’s local economies.
- Youth Inspiration - The Foundation recognizes that engaging and inspiring the region’s children and teens leads them to achieve and to succeed in their hometowns. Last year’s first engagement event, supported by Corporate Partners such as AI and AI/BLC, was just the beginning.
- Nonprofit Leadership Training - Many area organizations work to better these communities. Each year, Corporate Partners, including AI and AIBLC, funded leadership and “capacity-building” training sessions for these nonprofit groups—helping them to capably serve a wide range of community needs, and developing leadership skills to strengthen the region’s collective capacity for service.
As a Corporate Partner, AI and AI/BLC will also be participating in several upcoming Foundation events. These special events, which will all be held in Upstate New York, include the:
- Smith Market Grand Opening (date and location TBD)
- Community Impact Award Ceremony (June 6 in New Hartford),
- Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Meet and Greet (September 20 in Utica)
- Start-Up Downtown Challenge Finals (Wednesday, October 4 in Utica)
- National Philanthropy Day Celebration (November 15, location TBD)
- Giving Tuesday (date and location TBD)
- Nonprofit Training Workshops (April 27, June 6, August 3 and November 1 in Utica)
- Association of Fundraising Professionals Webinar Presentation (April 11, July 18, October 17 and November 14 in Utica)
The needs of our community are great, but our determination to address these challenges is even greater. The Community Foundation has the unique ability to bring together partners from all corners of our community and facilitate solutions based on a collective approach. By working together, we are able to leverage each other’s strengths for the good of the entire Mohawk Valley.
Alicia Dicks, President/CEO
The Community Foundation
To view The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, “We Are How We Treat Each Other” video online click here. For more information on The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., visit www.foundationhoc.org.