Who we are
Who we are

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation is the community legacy of the former Troy Savings Bank.

Although The Troy Savings Bank was acquired by another financial institution in 2004, the Foundation continues the Bank's proud charitable giving tradition. Today, the Foundation invests in community solutions in the eight counties of upstate New York where the Bank previously had branch offices. The Foundation works in partnership with nonprofit organizations, other private funders, and government entities. Together with these partners, the Foundation works to find solutions for challenging problems within its funding priority areas.

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How we serve our community
How we serve our community

The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation focuses its grant making in three priority areas: Community Development, Youth Development, and Arts & Culture. These priority areas reflect the Foundation's commitment to building stronger communities, offering young people opportunities to develop new skills, and presenting enriching arts & culture experiences for local residents.

Of special interest to the Foundation are programs that serve those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In addition, the Foundation supports many youth development organizations that offer enriching activities for at-risk youth during non-school hours, including many after school and summer camp programs. The Foundation also provides significant support to the world-renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, ensuring that this acoustic and architectural treasure is maintained and preserved for community benefit.

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Preschoolers in the Capital Region are learning about the arts in exciting ways thanks to a grant from the Foundation. The Arts Center of the Capital Region launched Studio Sprouts, a twice weekly hands-on arts program for children ages 2-5 years old. The 90-minute drop-in sessions offer music, visual arts, drama, and other artistic experiences for children and their adult caregivers.  Arts programs like Studio Sprouts help children build social skills, critical thinking skills, and emotional maturity. These skills are vital for success as they progress to the next stage of education. Response by Capital Region families has been strong, [...]

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Youth FX teaches the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and the production process from script to screen. It works with diverse groups of young people from communities of color that have been historically under-served and excluded from emerging media technologies. A grant from the Foundation supported youth engagement and training programs offered by Youth FX. Participants in these programs develop technical proficiency in digital media by learning cinematography, sound recording and mixing, video editing and additional production techniques. In addition, students develop an understanding of film as an art form and develop [...]

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Technology skills are required for many jobs in today’s workforce. Employers often expect competency in word processing, spreadsheets, and other business software applications.  Women who have been out of the workforce for several years often lack these skills, however, and may find it difficult to secure paid employment without them. The Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC) provides training in both soft skills and technology applications to single mothers or displaced homemakers who have lost their income due to the death, divorce, disability, or dislocation of a spouse. With the help of a [...]

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