NNY Community Foundation may become more involved in helping city fundraising


NNY Community Foundation may become more involved in helping city fundraising

pWATERTOWN — Every so often, someone comes forward with a bequest to leave money to the city for something like putting a bench in Thompson Park or making some other charitable donation to the municipality. /ppIn other instances, an organization wants to become involved in completing a special project for the city, as was the case when the Watertown Noon Rotary had a fitness trail rebuilt in Thompson Park./ppIn either case, the Northern New York Community Foundation is required to act as a conduit and accept the gifts on behalf of the city each time someone wants to make such a donation or an organization wants to become involved in a city project. /ppBut foundation Director Rande S. Richardson has come up with a mechanism so the organization does not need to get involved each and every time one of those donations occur. /ppMr. Richardson has proposed setting up a fund specifically for the city when “special projects” are proposed. /ppIt would be less cumbersome to set up a “geography specific” fund for the city of Watertown, he said. In the past, the foundation has helped the Clifton-Fine area in St. Lawrence County and six communities in south Jefferson County with similar funds, he said./ppA separate fund would be established for individual donors wanting to make contributions to the city, he explained./ppRecently, Mr. Richardson approached Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. with his suggestion, adding it was prompted by the mayor’s proposal to bring back a wrought-iron fence around the fountain in Public Square./pp“We’re in the initial discussions,” Mr. Richardson said Friday. /ppAlso, Mayor Butler briefly discussed Mr. Richardson’s proposal with City Council, saying that it would help the city proceed with “beautification projects” that most likely would not be funded in the city budget. He mentioned the fence for the historic fountain in Public Square as an example. /ppCouncil members seemed to go along with the idea./pp“I recommend we support it,” Mayor Butler said, adding that it would be a way for the foundation to be involved in raising money for the Public Square fountain project./ppMost recently, the community foundation acted as “a fund holder” for donations that came forward for Snowtown USA, a festival that pays homage to Northern New York’s often brutal winters./ppCity officials plan to discuss the subject in the coming weeks about how the community foundation can help in these situations, Mayor Butler said./p
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NNY Community Foundation may become more involved in helping city fundraising

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