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CDPHP® The Foundation

A Foundation for Giving

Our Mission

The mission of CDPHP® The Foundation is to support and promote health, wellness, education, and cultural vibrancy in our community through philanthropy and service.

Giving Is Our Tradition

CDPHP has established deep roots in the communities we serve, cultivating close ties and supporting the mission of countless civic, cultural, and charitable organizations. Since the founding of CDPHP in 1984, our corporate giving program has donated millions of dollars and contributed thousands of volunteer hours to extend the reach and impact of numerous charities, improving the lives of residents in our service area.

The Foundation Board of Directors
Under the guidance of our Board of Directors (listed below), CDPHP The Foundation advances our tradition of community stewardship and complements our robust sponsorship program.

Gennaro A. Daniels, MD, Chair J. Michael Brennan
John D. Bennett, MD, Vice Chair Peter Burkart, MD
Frederick Galt, Treasurer/Secretary Robert Hinckley
  Gerald D. Jennings


Help Us Make A Difference

If you’d like to join us in making a difference, please consider making a donation. Your contribution will go directly toward funding a program or project that enhances the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Victoria BaeckerVictoria Carosella Baecker, Community Relations & Corporate Events Manager, is responsible for the coordination and execution of charitable giving for CDPHP and acts as a community liaison for the organization.

CDPHP Treadmill Challenge to benefit American Heart Association

Who and How the Foundation Helps

As our philanthropy has grown over the years, so too have the requests for financial support. While CDPHP still considers all funding inquiries, the growing needs of the community and the volume of requests have prompted us to align our giving with our organization’s mission and goals. Accordingly, The Foundation targets programs and initiatives that impact the following areas:

  • Community health and wellness
  • Social services
  • Education
  • Cultural arts

Key Requirements
The following requirements must be met to qualify for funding from CDPHP The Foundation:

  • The proposed program or project must benefit communities in our service area.
  • Applicants must be registered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization as defined under IRS guidelines.
  • Organizations must provide evidence of sound fiscal and administrative management.
  • Organizations must demonstrate financial need related to the proposed project or program.
  • Organizations must comply with all requests for reports related to use of funds and the efficacy and impact of the funded program or initiative.

CDPHP The Foundation does not fund the following:

  • General operating or administrative costs, fundraising, or advertising
  • Partisan, political, or exclusively denominational programs or initiatives
  • Intermediary funding agencies

A Year-Long Charitable Campaign

Every year since 2010, CDPHP has chosen one or more nonprofit organizations as its Charity of Choice and encouraged staff to support it not only financially, but also through personal, hands-on involvement. These employee-driven, year-long fundraising and volunteer campaigns have yielded lasting partnerships and raised more than $300,000 for organizations that have a powerful local impact.

During the Charity of Choice selection process, CDPHP considers a range of eligible nonprofit organizations and invites a subset to apply for consideration. Four finalists are then selected from the pool of applicants, and our employees are asked to vote for their top choice(s). Eligibility criteria are listed in the Key Requirements section of our Giving Guidelines.

Our 2017 Charities of Choice

bus stop club   family promise logo

The Bus Stop Club helps siblings of children with chronic illness or special needs get the social and emotional support they need to understand and cope with their brother’s or sister’s diagnosis and its impact on the family.


Family Promise of the Capital Region provides a comprehensive response to children and families experiencing homelessness. Its staff and volunteers work with existing social service agencies and faith communities to provide shelter, food, and case management services to assist homeless families in securing employment, permanent housing, and lasting independence, with dignity.

$300,000 raised

american heart association logo
Big Brothers Big Sisters logo  habitat for humanity 
northern rivers   american red cross  ronald mc donald house
   sponsor a scholar  
Visit The Bus Stop Club website Visit the Family Promise website

community nonprofit support

Extending Our Reach to Those in Need

In addition to supporting our annual Charity of Choice, CDPHP employees raise funds and tackle hands-on projects for a number of local charitable organizations, including those dedicated to preventing and treating disease, addressing food insecurity, and assisting families and individuals living in poverty or facing health crises. Among the charitable activities we sponsor are:

  • Quarterly blood drives at CDPHP
  • Monthly meal preparation for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Holiday gift program for needy families
  • Community service projects, such as our annual back-to-school drive

In 2016, our fundraising efforts benefited Safe, Inc., Women’s Employment Resource Center, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and The American Heart Association Heart Walk


“Cornival” Chefs’ Challenge

The 3rd annual “Cornival” chefs' challenge fundraiser was held Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This annual charitable community food event, co-hosted by CDPHP and SEFCU, attracts hundreds of people and helps to heighten awareness of hunger and food insecurity in our region. Proceeds from the 2017 event benefited the City Mission of Schenectady, one of the local non-profit organizations combating hunger in our community.

habitat for humanity building

Help Us Strengthen Our Community

The work of CDPHP The Foundation is made possible through the generosity of our employees, members, friends, business partners, and the community at large. We invite you to make a donation so together we can continue to advance programs and projects that change lives and our community for the better.

Your contribution will directly fund worthy causes throughout the year and may be tax deductible (consult your tax advisor).

Act Now to Make a Positive Difference

Simply follow the directions on the right to make a contribution. We’ll take it from there to ensure your donation has a positive impact on the community!

Victoria BaeckerVictoria Carosella Baecker, Community Relations & Corporate Events Manager, is responsible for the coordination and execution of charitable giving for CDPHP and acts as a community liaison for the organization.

How To Donate

  • Send a check made payable to "CDPHP The Foundation"
  • Mail your check to:
    CDPHP The Foundation
    500 Patroon Creek Blvd.
    Albany, NY 12206