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: High & Mighty Extends Services to children in foster care

On a late afternoon in May, a peaceful silence pervades the grounds of High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding and Driving Center in Ghent, NY. A breeze whispers through blades of grass and chickens tiptoe around the driveway with no apparent destination in mind. One by one, three horses are led out of their stables for a final ride. They – like the volunteers beside them – seem content with the work they accomplished earlier in the day. Read the 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