Making a Difference in Columbia County

​Whether it's bringing Hudson students to the Bard College campus to open their eyes to the possibility of attending college or purchasing an off-road rescue vehicle for emergency access to hikers for the Stottsville Volunteer Fire Company – BTCF donors are changing lives in your community. Explore our work together:

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Columbia County, NYWhen you want to make a difference in Columbia County, BTCF gives you easier and more effective ways to do it:

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GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: the Hudson Opera House

The Hudson Opera HouseIt's not a typical crowd at the Hudson Opera House. Parents still in their work clothes and young children still in strollers throng the lobby, not a black tie in sight. And as for admission, well, they pay what they can when they can. From string quartets and chess clubs, to astronomy lectures and improv workshops, there is never a dull moment at this community arts hub. Read full story.



COLUMBIA county statistics:
Within Columbia County's stunning landscape lies a hidden problem: almost 10% of people here live below the poverty line. Find out what we're doing to address important issues facing our region.

  • Population in Columbia County: 62,525
  • Median Household Income: $59,105
  • People Below Poverty Level: 10.0%
  • No College Education: 43.0%
About This Photo
About This Photo
Instructor Carol Rusoff with participants at a rehearsal at the Hudson Opera House (HOH). The HOH has received grants from BTCF’s Fund for Columbia County, donor advised funds and a grant to attend Harvard Business School’s Nonprofit Management Program. Photo by Lear Levin