Pioneer's Charitable Foundation Surpasses $300,000 in 2020 Giving


Donations were distributed throughout the year as critical need emerged during COVID-19 pandemic

Albany, New York, December 16, 2020 – Today Pioneer announced that its Charitable Foundation has surpassed $300,000 in donations to Capital Region non-profit organizations in 2020. The charitable Foundation was created with the mission of "helping kids be kids" by giving to local non-profits that focus on the health and well-being of children.

"In a year defined by the coronavirus, Pioneer is fortunate to have been in a financial position that allowed us to provide critical funding to charitable organizations that were overwhelmed by the impact of COVID," states Thomas L. Amell, President/CEO of Pioneer. "It's engrained within Pioneer's culture to support local charitable organizations that provide important services to those in need, especially children."

Pioneer regularly provides financial assistance and employee volunteer support to hundreds of non-profits each year. In April, Pioneer announced that it was committing at least $100,000 to help support organizations affected by COVID-19, a number that grew to almost $150,000 due to overwhelming need. Monetary donations were distributed to a number of community healthcare organizations, food pantries, emergency housing providers, and other services that support the well-being of local children and their families.

Just some of the more than 150 non-profits who received financial assistance this year include: Joseph's House & Shelter, Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, Saratoga Bridges, Living Resources, Homeless & Travelers Aid Society (HATAS), Wildwood Programs, Food Pantries of the Capital District, 15 Love, Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Region, Vanderheyden, Northern Rivers, Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

In addition, employees also volunteered their time with Unity House of Troy, Chamber Angels of Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, and a number of other events such as school supply and toy drives throughout the year.

"Our employees have always been focused on giving back, and the challenges of this year did not stop them," states Susan Hollister, Chief Human Resources Officer and Pioneer Bank Foundation Co-Chair. "We are incredibly proud of our employees' dedication to helping those in need and supporting our Foundation through voluntary payroll deductions, donation drives, and by donating their time."

Those interested in contributing to the Pioneer Charitable Foundation may make a secure online donation at As always, 100% of contributions are distributed to local non-profits, as all administrative costs are covered by Pioneer.