Purpose & History

The New Lebanon Foundation is dedicated to enhancing and enriching  the educational experience of the students and teachers of the New Lebanon Central School District.   Through its New Lebanon Arts and Humanities Endowment Fund, the Foundation provides grants for visiting artists, performances, workshops, field trips, special projects, special materials and supplies, teacher professional development and more. The goal of the Fund is to assist New Lebanon teachers and staff with the funding of resources and opportunities that enhance the Arts and Humanities educational curricula.  These programs are above and beyond the core programs supported by state and local funds.

The New Lebanon Arts and Humanities Endowment Fund was established in 2007 by the Berkshire Taconic Foundation and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.   For a number of years the New Lebanon Central School District has recognized that in order to sustain educational excellence it cannot depend on curriculum and programs that are funded solely by state and local taxes. In 2007, the Foundation was awarded a $45,000 matching grant to start the endowment and matched this gift by December 31, 2011.  In 2013 the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation awarded another $50,000 to the New Lebanon Foundation to strengthen its Arts and Humanities Fund endowment and continue its dedication to offering enhanced educational opportunities to New Lebanon’s students and teachers. 

What is an endowment?  It is a fund whose assets are not spent but are invested to produce income that provides grants for specific initiatives that strengthen and enrich the learning experience.  The assets of the fund are managed by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in Sheffield, MA.  They have their own Board of Governors who perform solicitations and oversee grant-making activities.  The fund is in place solely to enhance the educational experience of the school district’s students.  As an endowment it will do so in perpetuity.