Community Involvement

At Bullard, McLeod, we invest in the success of our clients as well as the success of our community. Community involvement is a long-standing corporate objective. Given the financial constraints put on not-for-profit organizations nation-wide, now more than ever, we believe in the importance of enhancing our community through volunteerism, board service, and donation.

To this end, some of the programs and organizations we support are:

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Established in 1985, the Washington Park Conservancy assists with the restoration and maintenance of Historic Washington Park. Run by a collection of residents, community leaders, business owners, and professionals, the Conservancy was created to help provide visitors with history and updates about the park, inform them of upgrades, and give general information about Albany itself. Some recent projects of the Conservancy include installing new lighting fixtures around the park, restoring and rehabilitating the nearly six miles of available walking trails, and examining the Lakehouse, home of Park Playhouse, designing a plan to utilize it year-round while maintaining its structural and architectural integrity as a historic structure. The Conservancy's website provides photos of Washington Park, showing how it has evolved over the years, and also directs viewers to local events occurring at or near the park, such as Alive at 5, Albany's summer concert series, and the popular annual Tulip Festival.

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Pointer Rescue Organization

PointerRescue.Org, Inc. (PRO) is a group of coordinators and volunteers located across the United States and Canada who are dedicated to the rescue of English Pointers, (sometimes called American Field Pointers or just Pointers.) This entirely volunteer operated not-for-profit pulls dogs from shelters and moves them into loving, stable foster homes until permanent adoptive homes are found. PRO's success stems from the efforts of its dedicated volunteers, who ensure that each dog in its care is fully vetted, properly socialized, trained, and made to feel cared for and secure. PRO works closely with applicants to make sure each adoption is a perfect fit with families that will love them for life.     

In 2017, PRO successfully adopted 125 dogs.

The mission of Doane Stuart is education, for students from every quarter. In a college preparatory context, where the joy of discovery is valued, Doane Stuart emphasizes serious study, educates to social responsibility, and lays the foundation for a strong faith." As one of the region's oldest and most prestigious independently run college preparatory schools, Doane Stuart prides itself on its dedication to community and inclusiveness, providing education to students from Early Childhood through Grade 12.  Equality is promoted in the school's coeducational and interfaith formats; all students are encouraged to approach other religions and backgrounds from an intellectual perspective, cultivating respect and compassion for the diversity of individuals and traditions.

Ducks Unlimited is a global leader in conserving and protecting wetlands and the animals that inhabit them. Started in 1937 by a group of sportsmen wanting to conserve the habitats of waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited works closely with individuals, landowners, agencies, and scientific communities to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands for waterfowl in North America. This volunteer-based organization hosts over 4,000 fundraising events each year, and has managed to reforest more than 178,000 acres of land in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, rebuilding essential breeding and foraging ground for the waterfowl that live there. Ducks Unlimited works with farmers and other landowners to make their land more wildlife-friendly, in addition to improving its agricultural and recreational value, to ensure that waterfowl and the wetlands they inhabit are able to thrive.

What began as an abandoned supermarket was quickly transformed into a thriving pillar of the Capital Region's cultural community. The Capital Repertory Theatre was established in 1981, brought to life by the donated materials, labor, and expertise of the community, as well as the passion of The League of Theatre Artists, community leaders, and volunteers. With an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, over 83 percent of which is returned to the local community, Cap Rep has produced more than 5,000 performances and employs over 1,500 professional artists. Striving to provide quality theater for the Capital Region, this not-for-profit cultural organization draws tourists, shoppers, and diners to the downtown area, making it a leader in defining the upper Hudson-Mohawk Valley as a destination for culture and community.

Started as a community service project in 1975, Capital District Community Gardens is a non-profit organization that reduces the impact of poor nutrition on public health in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga counties. Through the organization of community gardens, food hub services and hands-on nutritional and horticultural education, CDCG brings fresh, local food and a wealth of knowledge to individuals and communities throughout the region. From The Produce Project, which grants high-school students year-round access to job training, hands-on education, and employment opportunities, to The Veggie Mobile, which distributes fresh produce to senior residences, low-income neighborhoods, individuals with disabilities, CDCG is making the Capital Region a greener, healthier place to live.

Founded in 1791, The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the nation's oldest museums. Focusing on local history, the Institute documents the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to present day. Offering both formal and informal learning programs, the Institute is able to connect students and teachers, as well as the community at large, to lecturers, photographers, authors, and other artists and scholars with a passion for teaching and discussing local history. With more than 30,000 works of art and artifacts, including the famous Hudson River school paintings and long-term exhibits from Colonial Albany, the Institute offers the opportunity for people of all ages to explore the history and heritage of the Capital Region.

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