While charitable donations can be made and will help keep critically important community resources in operation year-round, you have until Dec. 31 to contribute to your favorite nonprofits and still receive a deduction on your 2016 taxes. Checks must be mailed on Saturday, Dec. 31, by 1 p.m. in Beacon and noon in Cold Spring and Garrison, when the counters close. Credit card payments, however, can be processed up until midnight on Dec. 31. Don’t worry: if you’re reading this in 2017, you’re way ahead of the game for next year’s return.


Animal Rescue Foundation
P.O. Box 1129, Beacon, NY 12508

Dutchess County SPCA
636 Violet Ave., Hyde Park, NY 12538

Friends of the Beacon Dog Park

Guiding Eyes for the Blind
611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Mid Hudson Animal Aid (Cat Sanctuary)
54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508

Putnam County SPCA
P.O. Box 850, Brewster, NY 10509

Putnam Humane Society
P.O. Box 297, Carmel, NY 10512

Arts, Music & Theater

Beacon Arts Community Association
P.O. Box 727, Beacon, NY 12508

Chapel Restoration
P.O. Box 43, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Cold Spring Film Society
192 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

3 Beekman St., Beacon, NY 12508

Downing Film Center
19 Front St., Newburgh, NY 12550

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY 10524

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
P.O. Box 209, Peekskill, NY 10566

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
143 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

Manitoga / Russel Wright Design Center
P.O. Box 249, Garrison, NY 10524

Philipstown Depot Theatre
P.O. Box 221, Garrison, NY 10524


Denniston International
256 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

Friends of Philipstown Recreation
P.O. Box 155, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Garrison Children’s Education Fund
P.O. Box 262, Garrison, NY 10524

Garrison School PT
1100 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524

Guinan’s Aurora
P.O. Box 446, Garrison, NY 10524
Recycles bicycles for children.

Haldane Central School District PTA
15 Craigside Dr., Cold Spring, NY 10516

Haldane School Foundation
P.O. Box 364, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Hudson Valley Seed
P.O. Box 223, Beacon, NY 12508

Putnam County Children’s Committee
P.O. Box 187, Carmel, NY 10512

SHRED Foundation
94 Prospect St., Beacon, NY 12508

Saint Basil Academy
79 Saint Basil Road, Garrison, NY 10524


Community Foundation of Dutchess County
80 Washington St., Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Community Foundation of Putnam County
80 Washington St., Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, NY 10509

Fareground Community Kitchen
P.O. Box 615, Beacon, NY 12508

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
125 Washington St., Newburgh, NY 12550

Highlands Current Inc.
161 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region
75 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

United Way of Westchester and Putnam
925 S. Lake Boulevard, Mahopac, NY 10541

Emergency Services

Beacon Volunteer Ambulance Corps
P.O. Box 54, Beacon, NY 12508

Cold Spring Fire Co. No. 1
154 Main St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

Continental Village Volunteer Fire Department
12 Spy Pond Road, Garrison, NY 10524

Garrison Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
P.O. Box 121, Garrison, NY 10524

Garrison Volunteer Fire Company
1616 Route 9, Garrison, NY 10524

North Highlands Engine Co. No. 1
504 Fishkill Road, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps
14 Cedar St., Cold Spring, NY 10516


Bannerman Castle Trust
P.O. Box 843, Glenham, NY 12527

Beacon Historical Society
P.O. Box 89, Beacon, NY 12508

Boscobel Restoration
1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524

Constitution Island Association
P.O. Box 126, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Dutchess County Historical Society
P.O. Box 88, Poughkeepsie, NY 12602

Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot
P.O. Box 311, Fishkill, NY 12524

Garrison’s Landing Association
P.O. Box 205, Garrison, NY 10524

Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society
P.O. Box 1248, Beacon, NY 12508

Putnam History Museum
63 Chestnut St., Cold Spring, NY 10516


Kids R Kids Feeding Program

Philipstown Food Pantry
10 Academy St., Cold Spring, NY 10516

St. Andrew’s & St. Luke’s Food Pantry
17 South Ave., Beacon, NY 12508


Butterfield Library
10 Morris Ave., Cold Spring, NY 10516

Desmond-Fish Library
P.O. Box 265, Garrison, NY 10524

Howland Public Library
313 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

Natural Resources

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
199 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508

Beacon Sloop Club
P.O. Box 527, Beacon, NY 12508

Common Ground Farm
P.O. Box 148, Beacon, NY 12508

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center
P.O. Box 174, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks
P.O. Box 194, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Glynwood Center
P.O. Box 157, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Hudson Highlands Land Trust
P.O. Box 226, Garrison, NY 10524

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY 12508

Little Stony Point Citizens Association
P.O. Box 319, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society
P.O. Box 292, Cold Spring, NY 10516

20 Secor Road, Ossining, NY 10562

Scenic Hudson
One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 200, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Stonecrop Gardens
81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Rehabilitation Services

Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center
935 South Lake Blvd., Mahopac, NY 10541

St. Christopher’s Inn
P.O. Box 150, Garrison, NY 10524

Support Connection
40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Topfield Equestrian Center
P.O. Box 367, Cold Spring, NY 10516

Walter Hoving Home
P.O. Box 194, Garrison, NY 10524

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6 replies on “Last-Minute Giving Guide”

  1. Your omission of all the good work done by organizations like Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army in Beacon can only be interpreted as your liberal bias against faith-based organizations. No other organizations assist in the many phases of recovery after disasters or drug/alcohol rehab, food, shelter, housing and children’s services like CC and the Army. I see a lot of your favorite local “pet projects” like HHLT on here — tax deductions for the land rich under a false cover of natural resource conservation and trails for the favored.

    1. With the exception of Habitat for Humanity and the United Way, we didn’t include local chapters of national organizations. To keep the list from becoming unwieldly, we also didn’t include any of the area’s dozens of churches and synagogues, because most people don’t give to churches or synagogues they don’t attend.

      Chip Rowe
      Managing Editor

      1. Thanks for clarifying the obvious for me related to churches & synagogues, Mr. Site Editor. Perhaps you could further clarify how United Way and Habitat for Humanity were chosen for inclusion. I would hope it is not the more than $1 million in salary and benefits to United Way International CEO Brian Gallagher and bloated administrative salaries of local chapters or the excessive insider salaries at Habitat for Humanity International to go along with its bloated chapter salaries. Then again, the excessive compensation package of the former Hudson Highlands Land Trust executive director, in comparison to total budget, does seem to meet your noninvestigative criteria. I suggest you do some research on forms 990 before listing suggested not-for-profits for donation consideration.

      2. Also, it is quite telling that there is not a single charity on your list that I could find that provided services specifically to military veterans, active military or their families that might be in times of need. I expect more from a publication in a village across the river from West Point.

    2. There are some excellent ideas and criticisms provided here. However, yes, the tone to some extent makes it difficult for others to know just how to proceed. (On the other hand, I guess that we all have the potential to fall into this sort of a trap, depending on how the day is going.)

      I would like to suggest, and I hope it’s not seen as too fussy to do so, that all the organizations listed, in fact, all human activity, is to a great extent if not entirely “faith-based.” One never knows exactly what comes next nowadays, as always, and as in all past times. Most of us are happy to see the sun rise in the morning – typically we certainly expect it to do so – still, as it does, each day provides new and differing challenges.

      One thought does come to mind for the editor of this paper: how about a series of interviews with the leadership of the religious (or faith-based if that is more appropriate) organizations within this paper’s area of coverage. It’s resources being limited, I do not think the Highland Current generally covers much more than the Town of Philipstown in the county of Putnam, together with the City of Beacon in the county of Dutchess.

      For various reasons which I will not specify, while I suspect they will be evident to many, I think it would be interesting at this time to hear the current perspectives from the type of local organizations I mentioned. Perhaps it would spark some useful or helpful conversations.

  2. Surely you could make your suggestions in a less mean-spirited and accusatory tone. Words hurt and tear us apart.

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