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Stage Notes establishes charitable foundation through NNYCF

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More support for the arts soon will arrive in the north country, with the recent establishment of a Stage Notes charitable foundation through the Northern New York Community Foundation.

According to a Community Foundation news release, the charitable foundation will involve a fund for giving grants and one to help build a permanent endowment.

“Through partnership with the Community Foundation, we hope we can formalize their giving, and attract new donors to support them,” said Rande S. Richardson, Community Foundation executive director. “We have been talking with them for about a year ... they’re at the point in their grantmaking where they’re doing more significant giving, and they want to do it as effectively a possible.”

Stage Notes was founded in 2009 as a way to help students fulfill their passion for musical theater, according to the release. Members have presented five full-length musicals, and are planning a July performance of “Les Miserables” to benefit the Watertown Urban Mission.

The performance group has donated proceeds totaling more than $15,000 to local organizations.

“Stage Notes is committed to a long-term relationship of supporting the needs of our community,” Stage Notes board President Michele R. Glover said in a prepared statement. “What better way to ensure performances with a purpose than to partner with the Northern New York Community Foundation? We respect their commitment of connecting donors who care with causes that matter.”

Mr. Richardson said the formation of the charitable foundation allows Stage Notes to concentrate on its real work with students and the arts, and allows the Community Foundation to work on the more financial and technical side. The structure already exists at the Community Foundation, he said, for groups of all sizes that want to do their work more efficiently.

He said it’s important for the Community Foundation to continue to support the arts because arts groups are “finding it increasingly difficult to find support from other traditional means.”

“That makes local philanthropic support critical,” Mr. Richardson said.

People interested in supporting Stage Notes through the new funds can call Mr. Richardson at 782-7110.

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