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At Founders’ Day on Aug. 8, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies President Mike Kane reported that the Foundation has grown to a record $78 million in estimated year-end assets. Over the past fiscal year, the Foundation also grew to 745 funds and awarded $6.2 million in grants and charitable distributions.

“On behalf of the community, we’re very pleased to report this record asset level,” Kane said. “But we’re even more pleased to announce more than $6.2 million in grants to make our community stronger.”

Held at the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Oilhouse at PNG Park, the event showcased the Foundation’s role in supporting the region’s growing trail networks. Over the past decade, CFA has awarded around $250,000 in direct grants to support local trails. Many of those grants helped secure millions of dollars in state and federal funding for trail-related projects and conservation efforts, Kane said.

“We believe trails make communities better,” he said. “And it’s a great example of what the Community Foundation strives to do in partnership with our donors. We work every day to make connections. We build paths that connect donors to their dreams for their legacy, their families, and our communities.”

In April of this year, the Foundation awarded a $50,000 Community Initiatives Fund grant to Somerset County to start phase one of the September 11th National Memorial Trail connection between the Great Allegheny Passage trailhead in Garrett to the Flight 93 National Memorial. The event’s guest speaker, September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance President Thomas Baxter, also announced that the alliance has opened a fund at the Foundation to support the trail’s development.

“Completing the September 11th National Memorial Trail is of utmost importance for all of the communities in which we work,” Baxter said. “We’re proud to be a partner with Community Foundation for the Alleghenies to make sure this resource is not only developed but also maintained for the public in perpetuity.”

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