Foundation announces education goal that will change community

We are pleased to announce our commitment to this community through the 25/25 goal.

The Foundation’s first initiative will focus on increasing the percentage of adults in Herkimer and Oneida counties who have bachelor’s degrees to 25 percent by 2025.

“This new goal aligns with the Foundation’s transition from transactional grantmaker to transformational investor,” said Barbara Henderson, vice president for programs and community initiatives. “We have assessed the need in our community and are committed to addressing it.”

Why are we so committed to this goal? Consider these statistics from hocindicators.org:

  • Currently, Oneida and Herkimer counties fall below the state and national average in the number of adults who have bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • Twenty-one percent of Oneida County residents have bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • Eighteen percent of Herkimer County residents have bachelor’s degrees or higher.
  • The New York state average is 31 percent, excluding New York City.
  • The national average is 28 percent.

Why is it so important that we reach this goal?

Research shows communities with higher education levels have higher incomes, lower poverty rates, lower health costs and rely less on state and federal services.

How will we reach that goal?  Through partnership and strategies including:

  • Supporting existing programs.
  • Enhancing online learning opportunities.
  • Increasing the availability of internships, mentorships and job shadowing programs.

Stay tuned to find out how you can help us reach this goal!