Take Charge of Change for Historic Preservation
Have you ever visited a historic building, walked by a beautiful garden or fountain, or read the plaque by a statue and thought, “Thank goodness someone had the vision to preserve this for generations to come.”
Rochester Area Community Foundation knows that historical treasures don’t preserve themselves, which is why we’re proud to be one of the largest funders of historic preservation projects in our eight-county region. This distinction is thanks in large part to generous people like Elizabeth Holahan and Lloyd Klos, who established endowment funds to protect and preserve local history forever. Only with continued help can we remain a leader in this role.
Our funding of historical preservation goes beyond projects that maintain local character. We leverage competitive grantmaking resources, donor partnerships, research, and listening to the concerns of community members to find stories that haven’t been told but warrant inclusion in our region’s shared history. For instance, a Community Foundation grant in early 2022 helped create memorials for the previously unmarked graves of Anna Murray Douglass and Annie Douglass, the wife and daughter of Frederick Douglass.
If you agree that every historic preservation project is an opportunity for protectors of the past to become heroes of the future, we’re excited to partner with you. Here are some meaningful ways to get involved.
We’d love to start a conversation about turning your vision into real-world change. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.