Thanks to an anonynous donor, the Center of Gravity is now able to provide access to membership, classes and programs for economically-challenged Rensselaer County residents. The donor provided $10,000 to seed the Tech Valley Center of Gravity's new Community Outreach Fund. 

"We're incredibly grateful to this donor for providing this seed funding," said Executive Director Holly Cargill-Cramer. "In addition to helping us expand access, we hope this generous gift inspires others -- companies and individuals alike -- to consider making a gift that will open the creative and educational resources of the CoG to those who might not be able to afford a class or membership."

The TVCOG board of directors created the Community Outreach Fund in July 2017 to serve area individuals, families and community groups in need of free or reduced-cost memberships, programs, classes, services or space rentals. "Tech Valley Center of Gravity is a 501(c)(3) member-supported community resource charitable organization," said Cargill-Cramer. "We are here to serve the whole community. And, while our membership rates are very affordable for most, we provide tours for indivdiuals and talk to groups every week who we recognize are still unable to afford the fees associated with membership, classes, THINQubator workshops and room rentals. We established this fund to help ensure these resources are available to everyone."

According to Cargill-Cramer, while the Community Outreach Fund was established to assist individuals in need throughout the region, use of the anonymous donor's $10,000 gift is restricted to Rensselaer county-based residents and organizations. "We hope that this gift is a catalyst for other donors and organizations to expand assistance for individuals and groups from all around the region," said Cargill-Cramer. "Whenever we are approached by a person or group with limited means, we find a way to help. This gift allows us to help Rensselaer county residents without a significant economic burden on the Center of Gravity. We hope others will want to help us do the same with the broadest reach possible."

To learn more or donate to the Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Community Outreach Fund, visit the webpage, or contact Holly Cargill-Cramer at 518-244-3544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..