The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy honoring Linda G. Toohey and the McCarthy Charities


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Special thanks to the sponsors, attendees, and our honorees for making the 2017 Celebration of Philanthropy our best yet!


The C. Jordan Vail Spirit of Philanthropy Award is presented in recognition of those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and extraordinary commitment to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in our region. It was the Community Foundation’s privilege to recognize our 2017 honorees at our annual Celebration of Philanthropy on June 21, 2017:

Linda G. Toohey is rooted in a family ethos of giving back to one’s community. Linda has committed much of her professional and personal life to serving the Saratoga region. Through her work, Linda has used her curiosity about her community to glean a clear understanding of the needs of our region’s nonprofit organizations. A natural leader, Linda serves as a tireless advocate for her community. 

Coupled with her expertise in empowering and supporting community leaders, Linda has focused her philanthropy on investing in projects that help to build nonprofit organizational capacity and in programs to enrich our region.

Linda G. Toohey: 2017 C. Jordan Vail Spirit of Philanthropy Honoree from Community Foundation on Vimeo.




The McCarthy Charities is a private family foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life in Rensselaer County, especially in education, social services and housing. It is operated today by a Board of Directors composed of Peter McCarthy’s direct descendants and recently celebrated 100 years of giving. The family’s commitment to giving back to the community that gave them so much is as devout today as it was in the early 1900’s.

The McCarthy Charities has been a stalwart support for our neighbors in need and continues to invest in organizations which will enrich and educate our community for generations to come. 

The McCarthy Charities: 2017 C. Jordan Vail Spirit of Philanthropy Honorees from Community Foundation on Vimeo.



Celebration of Philanthropy



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