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November 21, 2013

Clark presents foundations' visions for village

The Clark family has been helping Cooperstown for generations, and recently Jane Forbes Clark spoke about her family’s vision for the village. 

The Women’s Club of Cooperstown hosted Clark at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Christ Church Parish House. Clark spoke about the Clark and Scriven Foundations and the Leatherstocking Corporation and their missions.

Clark began her presentation with a quote from Edward Severin Clark in 1860 about how beautiful Otsego Lake and its environs are.

“The entire Clark family is committed to the preservation and conservation of Otsego Lake,” Clark said in an interview.

Clark spoke about how her family is involved with the protection and maintenance of Otsego Lake and how her family owns Mohegan Farm on the west side of Otsego Lake.

“We’re looking to develop environmentally sustainable practices,” Clark said.

Bob Sutherland, director of the farm, and his team are conducting research such as testing various grasses to see which type helps to prevent erosion, Clark said. The farm also uses recycled materials and composting.

Clark then spoke about the two foundations operated by the Clark family, the Clark Foundation and the Scriven Foundation.

The Clark Foundation, founded in 1931, is a philanthropic organization committed to education and the arts in Cooperstown and New York City, she said.

The Clark Foundation supports such organizations as the Brookwood School, College for Every Student, Hartwick College, Bassett and Otsego Department of Social Services.

This foundation donates $7.5 million to charitable organizations every year.

The Scriven Foundation, named after Elizabeth Scriven Clark, was founded in 1975, Clark said. It donates only to Otsego County nonprofit organizations including Springbrook, Hyde Hall and the Cooperstown Village Library. The Scriven Foundation donates $1.5 million every year. 

“It’s a very diverse group and we can really make a difference whether it’s for a new roof or new program,” she said. “We try to help where we can.” 

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