The High Peaks Wilderness in New York's Adirondack Park is the largest wilderness area in the Northeast. The Evergreen Fund, at Adirondack Foundation, supports trail work and educational programs to ensure this cherished resource endures for generations to come. © Larry Master, courtesy of Adirondack Foundation
A donor established the Evergreen Fund and over the last 14 years, it has made annual grants that have created a significant philanthropic footprint. The fund’s annual giving has included dollars to a regional food bank to stock local food pantries, senior centers and after-school programs. During the 2016-17 school year, the fund’s school pantry program donated the equivalent of 4,218 meals, including 1,629 pounds of fresh produce. The fund donated money that in 2017 helped 131 adult students earn high school equivalency, pursue higher education, get a first job or promotion or read to their children. It donated money to support air medical rescue teams flying patients from accident scenes and remote locations to appropriate specialty care centers. Additionally, its annual giving has also supported trail work and efforts to protect wild lands and waters, advocate for wilderness and engage the next generation of conservationists.