While the breadth of our partnerships continue to grow, Authentic STEM wouldn’t have happened without our founding and funding partners! A snapshot of both is found below!

Founding Partners

North Country Chamber of Commerce

The NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is a regional chamber serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and northern Warren Counties in New York State and southern Quebec. With more than 3,200 members, it is the largest business and economic development alliance in northern New York and one of the five largest chambers in the state. 


The premier provider of Career And Technical Education (CTE) and Adult High School Equivalency and Job Skills Training Programs in the region. In addition, providing an array of workforce and Adult Education courses for the community and local businesses.

University of Siegen

A medium-sized research university in Germany with an interdisciplinary approach. It has deep roots in the region of South Westphalia and an extensive national as well as international network.

Schluter Systems

Schulter Systems is a worldwide leader in textile manufacturing. A family-owned group of companies, Schluter specializes in metal and PVC profiles to protect and improve the appearance of tile edges and transitions, uncoupling membranes to prevent cracks from appearing in tiled floors, waterproofing systems for showers and other wet areas, and a modular screed system to improve heat transfer in hydronic heating systems.

North Country Workforce Partnership

The North Country Workforce Partnership, Inc. is a regional workforce and economic development leader, serving as a central hub connecting businesses, organizations, and current and prospective workforce members. NCWP is committed to empowering the North Country’s workforce to thrive through inclusion and diversity. The NCWP supports the North Country Workforce Development Board activities through program development, grants, real estate, and other workforce development-related activities.

Investment Partners

Workforce Development Institute

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers to succeed in the workforce while earning family-sustaining wages. We use a range of tools including “boots on the ground” information, workforce expertise, data analysis, and flexible funding to facilitate projects that help labor unions, employers, educational institutions, and other workforce partners think and act differently regarding hiring, training, educating, and retaining an inclusive and productive workforce.


TDC is committed to helping businesses grow. Governed by a board of directors composed of business and community leaders from throughout Clinton County, TDC develops industrial parks, markets the region for new business, and works to retain and expand the local industry.

Adirondack Foundation

Focusing on our five “whole community” areas allows us to build charitable resources to meet the needs of our communities today, as well as unknown needs of tomorrow – putting us in a position to accelerate philanthropy in the Adirondacks with clear vision and leverage. Our Strong Community Framework – the first-ever philanthropic vision for the Adirondack region – guides our approach to investing in promising opportunities, addressing critical challenges through Generous Acts and hundreds of other funds, and uniting people, institutions, and resources to produce widely shared lasting results through strategic initiatives like our Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance. 

Cloudsplitter Foundation

The Cloudsplitter Foundation formed as a 501c3 charity in 1987, re-domiciled in New York in 1999. From 2011-2020, $11,264,232 million distributed to the Adirondack region, with $26 million in assets.

An Adirondack focus, at least 70% of our grants go to Adirondack grantees.

Through our strategic giving, we promote public support or support of other foundations, support a policy direction or change and provide leadership grants.