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Rochester Giving: Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Rochester Giving, a new annual Rochester Business Journal publication that is designed to be a philanthropic resource used throughout the year. Rochester Giving combines two existing RBJ publications—the Charitable Events Calendar and Giving Guide—but goes well beyond that, offering a package of articles, a two-part list of foundations and other organizations that make grants to non-profits, and more.

The RBJ Charitable Events Calendar was launched a decade and a half ago to help local businesses align their organizations with worthwhile charitable causes. The listings illustrate how Rochester-area non-profit organizations and their supporters continue to find fresh, creative ways to raise new money to fund programs. In the calendar you will find a wide array of events—from golf tournaments and gala dinners to garden tours and athletic events. (To find information on specific organizations, see the index on page 55.)

The Giving Guide was introduced in 2011. It contained a range of information—supplied by participating non-profits—organized in two-page profiles. The work these organizations do to help our neighbors in need, especially in challenging economic times, is critically important. We hope the profiles found in Rochester Giving will give you additional insight into their efforts on behalf of our community.

By combining the Charitable Events Calendar and non-profit profiles, we have put this wealth of information in a single publication. But we wanted to do even more. Hence the articles—which explore topics such as Rochester’s standing nationally as a caring community and millennials’ fresh views on philanthropy—and the two-part Grant Makers list.

Our thanks go to Genesee Valley Trust and Taylor – The Builders, sponsors of Rochester Giving. This publication would not be possible without that support.

Thanks also are due to Rochester Business Journal events and special projects director Melissa Wilson, who contacted the region’s non-profits and compiled all of the calendar listings contained here; research director Andrew Green, who produced the expanded Grant Makers list; and graphic designer Melanie A. Watson, who created the cover.

This publication is not the only way we provide our community’s non-profit organizations with opportunities to heighten their profile with RBJ readers. Each weekly edition features a Non-Profit Report, Seen photo page and Community Events Calendar. To learn how to submit material for these features, contact Ruth German at rbj@rbj.net.

Additional copies of Rochester Giving may be obtained from our office. Send requests to Rochester Business Journal, 45 East Ave., Suite 500, Rochester, N.Y. 14604. You also may call (585) 546-8303 or contact us by email at rbj@rbj.net.

We hope Rochester Giving will help you support our area’s non-profit organizations throughout the year as they work to provide vital services to our community. As always, we’d be very interested to hear your comments on this or any of our other publications.

Sincerely,

Susan R. Holliday
President and Publisher

1/22/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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