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Sustaining Our Work

Make no small plans.

Two hundred years ago New Yorkers made no small plans when they envisioned the Erie Canal and built the longest constructed transportation system on the North American continent.

Now, it's our time to think big, work smart, and make a lasting impact. Join the Next Century Campaign and help steer a course toward an ever more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable future along New York's extraordinary canals. Your generous support today will ensure that the canals that transformed America continue to be cared for and enjoyed now and into the next century.

Five Key Focus Areas

Your support can be broad in scope or targeted to a specific area.

Foster Diverse and Accessible Recreation & Promote Heritage-Based Tourism

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Host & Support Community and Corridor-wide Events

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Conserve Our Unique Heritage


Educate Current and Future Generations


Support Legacy Projects


When you support the Erie Canalway Next Century Campaign, you are helping to promote economic vitality throughout 200 communities within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

Mail Your Donation

To discuss your campaign sponsorship and benefits, please contact:

Rebecca Keister, Development Manager
518-237-7000, ext. 221

Bob Radliff, Executive Director
518-237-7000, ext. 203

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. Your contribution to the Heritage Fund supports our efforts to preserve and share our extraordinary canal heritage. It helps us continue to work with partners to promote the Canalway Corridor as a world-class tourism destination. And it leverages additional financial support to advance the entire region.

Donations, Grants, and Sponsorships

Leadership Circle ($10,000)

Carl & Suzanne Blowers
Paul L. Comstock
Empire State Development's Division of Tourism/I LOVE NY
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation
Miller/Howard Investments Inc.
Montgomery County and the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund
National Park Foundation
National Park Service
New York State Canal Corporation/New York Power Authority
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Mohawk River Watershed Basin Program
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
The Place Making Institute
Congressman Paul D. Tonko & U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Legacy Partners ($5,000 - 9,999)

Brookfield Renewable
CNY Community Foundation, Inc.
Amy Durland
National Grid
Placid Boatworks
Harry Sicherman

Promoters ($2,500 - 4,999)

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela Outdoor Fund
C&S Foundation, Inc.
Judy & Philip Cherry
Mark P. & Roxanne A. Hettler
Northwest River Supplies, Inc. (NRS)
Stewart's Shops
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation

Heritage Supporters ($1,000 - 2,499)

M&T Bank
Paul & Linda Neureuter
One Digital
David Saginaw II
Spruce Creek Campground
Syracuse University
Alan & Linda Vincent
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Kal Wysokowski

Businesses, Organizations, and Foundations (up to $999)

2k Design
AmazonSmile Foundation
Bill & Jan Brown Family Fund
Disney Corporation – Employee Matching Program
Ess-Kay Yards, Inc.
GE Foundation
Give Lively Foundation Inc.
Grossman St. Amour CPAs
Hancock Estabrook, LLP
Hock Family Fund
Hueber-Breuer Construction Co., Inc.
InterFaith Works of Central New York
Keith Boas Photography
Khione Consulting, Sharon Leighton
Marra's Pharmacy
Mohawk Valley Marine, Inc.
Muddy Waters Café
Robert and Susan Touhsaent Charitable Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
The Business for Good Foundation, Inc.
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
United Way of Greater Niagara
United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes
Washington St. Partners
Werner Paddles

In-Kind Goods and Services

2k Design
Adirondack Sports
Erie Canal Boat Company, Inc.
Hudson Crossing Park
National Park Service
New York State Canal Corporation/New York Power Authority
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Troopers - Marine & Diving Team
Placid Boatworks
Saratoga County Sheriffs
Town of Saratoga
Upstate Kayak Rentals, Inc.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Washington County Sheriffs

Individual Donors

Please see our latest annual report for a list of individual donors.