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. The Foundation has obtained grants and facilitated fundraisers for many Rockland community based programs, such as the VOX/Piermont Chamber of Commerce maps and signage project, the 2013 Piermont Art Walk, the 2014 and 2015 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. We also were awarded a grant from Rockland Tourism to create Piermont's first visitor map and brochure.
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:
File for 501(c)6 Tax Exempt status.
Register as a Tax Exempt with NYS Attorney General Charities Bureau.
Prepare and file annual tax returns.
Create and maintain a website and Facebook pages.
Gathering tax deductible donations for Chamber endorsed programs and events using the Foundation website:
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 Fundraiser
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 Arts 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, and a celebration of the arts in 2018.
Piermont Sculpture park: Completed first round of grants for development of Piermont's first sculpture park.