The Community Foundation’s Affiliate Funds are field-of-interest funds guided by independent advisory groups. Each affiliate fund experienced a strong 2016 fiscal year. Combined, these funds distributed more than $140,000 in grants last year, demonstrating the strength and impact that a union of gifts can have in a community when paired with the Community Foundation’s endowment and financial stewardship.The Women’s Fund of Central New York
The Women’s Fund awarded $34,500 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations. Lockheed Martin provided the funding for two of the grants in support of programs that serve female veterans and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Fund supports projects that improve the lives of women and girls. It also educates women about philanthropy, and engages women in creating change through collective and targeted giving. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $250,000 to programs that support, empower and promote the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund
The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund, a combination of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community and matching funds from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, awarded $21,860 in grants. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing community needs in the Village of Pulaski and the Town of Richland. Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has awarded more than $290,000 in grants to benefit the Pulaski community.Oswego County Community Foundation
The Oswego County Community Foundation completed its first year of grantmaking by awarding $20,000 in grants to nine organizations serving Oswego County across a diverse spectrum of focus areas. The Fund was established in 2013 and surpassed its $500,000 initial fundraising goal in less than two years. The Oswego Foundation awards grants to local nonprofit organizations that address a broad range of issues including arts and culture, environment and animal welfare, education, human services, health and civic affairs.The Cayuga Community Fund
The Cayuga Community Fund completed its sixth year of grantmaking by awarding $63,805 in grants to 32 organizations serving Cayuga County across a diverse spectrum of focus areas. Created in 2008, the Cayuga Community Fund oversees several geographically specific charitable funds with a common purpose to provide permanent charitable support to local nonprofits. It has awarded more than $260,000 in grants to benefit charities serving Cayuga County.