The Northern New York Community Foundation is pleased to open its doors to the community at the Northern New York Philanthropy Center by allowing local nonprofit and community organizations to use its conference rooms and meeting facilities. Our vision is to become a gathering place for community philanthropy; a physical place where we welcome donors, nonprofit and community organizations to join together, address community issues of shared concern and promote improved quality of life for our region.
The Northern New York Philanthropy Center is located at 131 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. Its main entrance is on the back side of the building, not the Washington Street side. The Philanthropy Center opened its doors in February 2017 as the permanent home of the Northern New York Community Foundation, which occupies the entire second floor and owns and manages the facility.
The Philanthropy Center is open to guests and visitors weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Philanthropy Center is not open for use outside of regular operating hours.
The Philanthropy Center offers limited parking for building guests and visitors on site. Street parking is available. Additionally, there are several public parking lots nearby, such as the J.B. Wise lot and the Stone Street lot. Please contact the Foundation if you need more information. Parking spaces behind 215 Washington Street are not available. Guests parking in that lot are subject to towing at their own expense.
Book a room
Local nonprofit and community organizations are able to schedule a meeting at the Philanthropy Center during the Community Foundation’s operating hours. Organizations are required to review and submit the Community Foundation’s Building Use Policy form for each meeting.
If you’re interested in meeting at the Philanthropy Center, please contact Community Foundation staff to confirm that your organization is eligible:
Mary Perrine, Coordinator of Partnerships
The Philanthropy Center complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act and is fully accessible to all, regardless of physical ability. An elevator that is audibly equipped for the visually impaired is easily accessed in the main lobby.
Nonprofit Collaboration Floor
The Philanthropy Center is also home to three local nonprofits that occupy office space on the Robert and Jean Sturtz Nonprofit Collaboration Floor, located on the building’s third floor They are:
- Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI), Suite 300
- Food Bank of Central New York (administrative office only; no food is held or distributed on site), Suite 304
- Take the Lead, Suite 306
- Stage Notes, Suite 310