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"Adirondack Gives" Online Campaign Nets Quick Success for Adirondack Council's Conservation Mapping Field Station


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Monday, February 3, 2014

Project of Adirondack Foundation Brings Internet Crowd-Sourcing to Local Non-Profits

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – The Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization today offered thanks to the Adirondack Foundation for hosting an online-giving campaign that allowed the Adirondack Council to raise funds toward establishing a mobile Conservation Field Station.

Through the foundation’s recently launched crowdsourcing site, “Adirondack Gives,” the Adirondack Council asked for modest donations toward the $500 goal.  Potential donors have until February 11 to help the organization raise money for the Field Station.

“We are thrilled to say that Adirondack Gives helped us reach our goal weeks ahead of schedule,” said Adirondack Council Deputy Director and Director of Fund Development Diane Fish.  “We sent out social media announcements and emails to Council friends. Our first Adirondack Gives campaign demonstrated the benefit of the project’s appeal with a wide range of participation. We received donations from $1 to $200.”

The Council’s Field Station appeal began in mid-December and reached its goal by January 22.

“Adirondack Gives is a very well-designed program, perfectly suited to non-profits of all sizes serving the Adirondack Park,” Fish said.  “It allows organizations to describe their campaigns, display a photo or artwork to illustrate it and solicit donations all in one location.  For smaller organizations it is great because you don’t need your own website, credit card processing or campaign brochure.”

The organization’s campaign page ( lists its needs as laptop computer; geographic information systems (GIS) software; GIS data sets (available from each Adirondack county); and, a hand-held global positioning system (GPS).

“We reached our $500 goal just 39 days into the campaign,” Fish said.  “As of January 28, we had exceeded it with $560 raised. Since the full equipment list will cost much more than $500, we plan to keep the campaign going for the full 60 days allowed on the site.”

Adirondack Gives’ first-time campaigns are limited to $1,000.     

“We really encourage other Adirondack non-profits to try this,” Fish said.  “Adirondack Gives can help with campaigns for the environment, education, human well-being, community vitality or cultural causes.”

The Adirondack Gives program is operated by the Adirondack Foundation (formerly the Adirondack Community Trust).  For more information about Adirondack Gives, go to:

The Adirondack Council is privately funded, not-for-profit organization that doesn’t accept government grants or taxpayer-supported donations of any kind. The Adirondack Council’s mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park. 

The Council envisions an Adirondack Park comprised of core wilderness areas, surrounded by working forests and farms, and vibrant rural communities.  Adirondack Council members live in all 50 United States.

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