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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:32
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Tree Toga Poster

A party five years in the making…

Monday, February 24, 2014 11:58
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This Wednesday we will celebrate five years of Saratoga Springboard. Through the years we’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most admirable agencies in our community.  We are proud to say we have assisted in raising more than $90,000 to support these deserving organizations and thank all of you for your help along the way.

“Celebrating our success and looking toward our future is incredibly exciting”, says Betsy Boland, Saratoga Springboard’s president and co-founder. “When we began, we didn’t know what would become of this group. Watching our project partners springboard cakeflourish inspires me every day”.

Our mission is “empowering non-profits to reach new heights”. The goal is to share the unique skill set of our members and foster growth within their project partner. It often comes in the form of mentoring, fundraising, creating innovative events that the agency can replicate and increasing awareness surrounding the cause.

Our members all share a sense of warmth and community brought on by being a part of something greater than ourselves. Springboard requests that new members commit to one project cycle, approximately 7-10months, but many stay beyond the minimum. “I’m so proud of what we have accomplished as a group” says Alysa Arnold, Saratoga Springboard’s co-founder and Vice President, “We have been so lucky in finding talented and dedicated members eager to make a difference in our community.”

Please, join past, present and future Springboard members, past and current project partners, our families, friends, fans and biggest supporters this Wednesday at Gaffney’s as we raise a glass to toast to all that has been accomplished thus far and many more partnerships to come. Tickets are $30 each and include a food, a drink ticket, entertainment and bar specials. To purchase them before Wednesday, click here (tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 5:30pm).

Welcome, Erica!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:46
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Meet Erica Fuller, the newest edition to the Saratoga Springboard team!

Erica is originally from Niskayuna, moved back to the area after teaching high school biology and earning an M.S. in bio pic 2Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.  Erica also holds a B.A. from Hamilton College.  Upon landing in Saratoga, she began working at Skidmore College as their first Sustainability Coordinator.  She helped the College organize environmental initiatives, lead educational campaigns and supported student projects.  In 2010, she left Skidmore to begin her work as a stay at home mom.  Erica lives in town with her husband, two children, and dog.  She is excited to join her sister, Alysa Arnold, and the rest of the Springboard team.

With Erica’s education and professional background in our community, she will be a wonderful advocate for sustainability in Saratoga as we work with our new project partner, Sustainable Saratoga.

Springboard is growing!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 16:12
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Meet Adam Costello, our newest Springboard member! Adam Costello

Adam is the Sustainability Fellow for the State University of New York and Research Foundation.  He has spent the past 6 years studying environmental issues at the collegiate level.  Adam holds a B.A. in Environmental Geography from Colgate University and an M.P.S. from SUNY-ESF in Environmental Studies.  Adam has recently returned to Saratoga Springs where he has lived since 1993.  After his 6 year stint at University, Adam has rekindled his long-standing involvement with youth soccer programs throughout the Capital Region.  Adam lives in downtown Saratoga and can often be seen running through the city’s parks with his dog, Ty.

Adam found us at the right time – his background will bring an excellent perspective to our current partnership with Sustainable Saratoga. We’re so glad to welcome him to the group!

Announcing our 2013-14 Project Partner!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:43
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With a 5-year track record of empowering local not-for-profits, we’ve teamed up with Sustainable Saratoga to develop and implement citywide tree events surrounding Arbor Day. The events, which are planned for April, will highlight the importance of protecting and expanding Saratoga Springs’ Urban Forest, educate residents in a fun way about the important role trees play in our city’s landscape, and engage the community in planting trees.

 “Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project has an ambitious array of public education and planting projects laid out for 2014,” added Tom Denny, UFP Chair. “Having Springboard’s inspiring group of community builders on our team will greatly enhance our efforts. Springboard’s energy and talents will help Sustainable Saratoga to move farther and faster with our tree planting initiatives, which can only work for the long-term benefit of Saratoga.” Harry Moran, Interim Chair of Sustainable Saratoga, added “We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to collaborate with Saratoga Springboard and take
the impressive work of the Urban Forestry Project to the next level.”

“Saratoga Springboard is thrilled to be partnering with Sustainable Saratoga for our 5th project”, said Alysa Arnold, one of the founding members of Saratoga Springboard. “The work that Sustainable Saratoga is doing through their Urban Forestry Project will benefit our entire community for generations to come. We are excited to work with this amazing group. As they gear up for a long-term effort to preserve and expand our urban forest, we are eager to help them spread the word and educate our community on why the trees are such an important part of our City’s infrastructure.”

About Sustainable Saratoga:

Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project (UFP)—one of several advocacy projects under the umbrella of Sustainable Saratoga—gained visibility during 2012 through its inventory of more than 5,600 street and park trees in the Spa City. Funded by a DEC grant, the City used that inventory to shape its first-ever urban forest master plan, adopted in May 2013. The Urban Forestry Project continues to partner with City Hall, businesses, non-profits, and individuals for the benefit of Saratoga’s urban forest.

Find them on Facebook at:

Mentoring makeover.

Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:37

Have you been following Saratoga Mentoring on Facebook? If you are, you’ve probably noticed an updated look. Working with a local designer, Elisa, of Lis Design, Saratoga Mentoring created a new logo to reflect their bright spirit and passionate dedication to youth in our community. Up next? A new website to match their fabulous new logo!


Now accepting applications for 2013-2014 project partners

Friday, July 5, 2013 8:53
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We’re still working hard on our Saratoga Mentoring project, but we are already excitedly anticipating our next project! If you know a Saratoga County based organization that could use our help, please encourage them to apply to be our 2013-2014 partner organization! Read on to learn more about the application process and deadlines.


Applications for a 2013/14 partnership must be received by Friday, August 9, 2013.

Eligible Agencies:

Must be a Saratoga County-based and must be a non-profit organization.

Eligible Projects:

Organizations may apply for assistance with a self-contained project that can be completed by the end of May 2014. Please note, if you are requesting assistance with an event, the event must occur after March 1, 2014.

If a budget is needed to complete the project, your organization will be responsible for making sure that the funds are in place to do so.

A representative(s) from your organization that has the authority to make decisions must be assigned to work with Saratoga Springboard and oversee the direction of the project.

Saratoga Springboard is looking for projects that:

Meet the eligibility requirements outlined above;
Will have significant positive impact on the community;
Fit with Saratoga Springboard’s mission; and
Provide the opportunity for positive interaction with your organization and the greater community.

To apply, please visit


Monday, May 13, 2013 13:48
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Saratoga Springboard, a group of young, professional volunteers dedicated to empowering non-profits in Saratoga County has teamed up with Saratoga Mentoring, a program of Catholic Charities,  to enhance programming in the community. Saratoga Mentoring is a program deeply rooted in Saratoga Springs that has been providing services to youth in challenging circumstances for more than 20 years.

Saratoga Springboard will be hosting a fundraising dinner at Gaffney’s Restaurant on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Gaffney’s has generously agreed to donatGaffneyse twenty percent of the proceeds from all dining room purchases until 10pm. In working with past project partners such as Caffé Lena, Franklin Community Center, and Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, Saratoga Springboard has provided a signature fundraising events that the agencies themselves carry out in subsequent years. “This year, our focus is a bit different,” notes Alysa Arnold, founding member and Saratoga Springboard Vice President. The group will be working to raise awareness and establish a marketing plan that coincides with an annual appeal to the community, which Saratoga Mentoring will execute. At the same time, they are looking for unique opportunities to increase funding. “We are so glad to have the support of Gaffney’s in our mission!” says Arnold.

Through their partnership, Saratoga Mentoring will unveil a new logo, launch a social media campaign to better connect with the community and educate the public about their mission with the ultimate goal of raising needed funds. “Saratoga Mentoring is truly remarkable – they care for the entire family unit, not just the children enrolled in the program. They take extreme care to ensure all of the needs of the family are met. It is inspiring to witness and I wish more people were aware of the amazing opportunities they are providing” says Betsy Boland, founding member and Saratoga Springboard President.

To learn more about Saratoga Mentoring’s partnership with Saratoga Springboard, please visit or For reservations at Gaffney’s please call 518.587.7359

Welcome, Jessica!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 9:18
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Saratoga Springboard is thrilled to welcome new member, Jessica Upyke! Jessica has been a resident of Malta/Ballston Spa since 2003 and joined Saratoga Springboard in April 2013.  Jessica recently launched a business in the health and Jessicawellness industry, building a strong global network and inspiring others to do the same.  In addition, she leads the social media strategy for the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.  Her skill sets allow her to focus on marketing and new media which gives her the ability to promote and craft innovative campaigns with high-impact.  Jessica previously supported executives at Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical Center and First Albany which later became Broadpoint Securities, now Gleacher.  She has been involved in a variety of volunteer and community activities.  Jessica holds a B.S. in Mass Communications.  Jessica and her husband Rob have a son, Rowan and dog Mila.

We are so excited to grow our team of volunteers and have Jessica’s expertise! To learn more about members of Saratoga Springboard, please click here.

Save the date!

Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:27

Saratoga Springboard invites you to join us at Gaffney’s to support Saratoga Mentoring on Wednesday, May 15th! 20% of the proceeds from the dining room will be donated to Saratoga Mentoring. Please make your reservations for 5pm or 7:30pm, Gaffney’s full menu will be available. For reservations, please call 518.587.7359.

Skidmore College Mentor with mentee
photo courtesy of Emma Dodge Hanson Photography