Piermont Straus Foundation, Inc. is a capacity builder, helping other organizations in Rockland County involved in the Environment, Arts, Culture, and History of the region. These are typically organizations needing to create or maintain their mission. We help them define and execute those projects that best fulfill their goals, whilst making them sustainable, bringing the practical support or direct income they need to keep going. Authorized by the IRS as a tax exempt 501(c)3 on April 5th, 2012, the Foundation has already begun to make an impact.
Rockland Cultural Collaborative (go to www.rocklandculture.org) Awarded a NYSCA grant as well as a grant from Rockland Tourism in 2017
Piermont Chamber of Commerce (go to www.piermontchamber.org) Awarded 2016 grant from Rockland Tourism / ILove NY
Piermont Art in the Park Festival, the Piermont Holiday Festival, Piermont’s Bastille Day Festival, the Piermont Community Beautification Program, the Piermont Community Garden, as well as obtaining an award to the Tolstoy Foundation. The Foundation helped obtain Piermont's Storm Surge Mitigations grant, in association with Scenic Hudson and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and serves as an active member of this committee.
The Foundation also provides retreat facilitators for nonprofits seeking organizational aid, and we design and maintain web sites for several nonprofit groups, while providing social media planning and marketing strategies for other nonprofits and community based initiatives. The Foundation also offers a full range of financial services including tax filing and registration, and has successfully obtained nonprofit status for the Piermont Chamber of Commerce, the Piermont Civic Association, and provided financial consulting services and fiscal sponsorship to the Piermont Chamber of Commerce, the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, and Strawtown Art & Garden Studio
Below is a list of projects we have been working on:
Piermont Chamber of Commerce Administration and Accounting including 501(c)6 Tax Exempt status, prepare and file annual tax returns, create and maintain a website, Instagram (@piermontNY) and Facebook pages (Piermont Happenings).
Gathering tax deductible donations for Chamber endorsed programs and events using the Foundation website including Piermont Beautification Program, Piermont Community Garden Fund, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Art in the Park, 2013, 2014 & 2016 Bastille Day Sponsorship, Piermont Art Walk 2013 Sponsorship, the 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Chamber Spring Kick-off Fundraisers, and the Flywheel Signage project funded by the Piermont Chamber of Commerce, the Piermont Civic Association, and the Piermont Historic Society.
Tolstoy Foundation, Inc. Valley Cottage, NY: Under a Consulting Contract, provide a range of services funded by securing a significant bequest by an Estate.
Piermont Civic Association: File for 501(c) 4 Tax Exempt status on behalf of the organization.
Fiscal Sponsorship: Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance (SCWA), Strawtown Art & Garden Studio, Piermont Chamber of Commerce
Rockland Cultural Collaborative 2016 Created development team to execute arts map and brochure for all of Rockland. On December 8, 2016, we were awarded a NYSCA grant to help put Rockland Arts on the map. Our collaboration with Hopper House, Rockland Center for the Arts, Union Art Center, Bell-and Center of Creative Arts, Garner Arts Center and the Art Students League will begin with the creation of a map, a brochure, a web site, video tours (awarded Rockland Tourism / ILoveNY Grant in 2017), and planning stages for a celebration of the arts in 2018.
Piermont Sculpture park: Completed first round of grants for development of Piermont's first sculpture park.