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New Funds

We gratefully acknowledge the generous community-minded individuals, families and organizations that established new funds at the Community Foundation this year. These funds will benefit the community now and for generations to come. To view a full list of all of our funds, visit cnycf.org/funds

Community Funds

Shuart Family Fund
Otis Shuart served as a sergeant and cryptographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. In 1956, he began a 35-year career with General Electric where he became manager of Advanced Technology Development Planning in the Electronic Systems Division. Otis always had an interest in the community and helped establish the Syracuse Urban Cluster, a group of seven local Episcopal churches, and he was its lay chair for several years. Otis was a long-time supporter of the Community Foundation’s Community Fund, giving almost every year since 1997. When Otis passed away earlier this year, he named the Community Foundation as a beneficiary of his retirement plan so that his impact on the community would continue in perpetuity to support Central New York’s changing needs.

Designated Funds

Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse Fund
The Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse ceased operations and transferred the remainder ofits assets to this fund, which is designated to continue supporting the Northern Onondaga Public Library at North Syracuse in perpetuity.

Field-of-Interest Funds

Anonymous #33
The Anonymous #33 Fund was created by a generous couple from Madison County who wish to remain anonymous until their deaths. The couple first had the idea to establish a charitable fund after reading an article regarding a grant awarded to provide disaster relief support after a tornado touched down in the Town of Smithfield. The story inspired them to research the Community Foundation and meet with its staff to explore how they could best impact their local region through charitable giving.

The Emerick Fund
The Emerick Fund was established by Helen Stacy, a Cazenovia resident, who grew up in Oswego. Seeing the announcement of a friend’s gift to the Oswego County Community Foundation in the media, coupled with her fondness for the Great Bear Springs Recreation Area, led her to create this fund to support organizations within Oswego County with a preference for projects and programs at the Preserve. 

Viola M. Hall Fund
Viola Hall was a graduate of Syracuse City Normal School and Syracuse University where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was a teacher and a principal at various Syracuse schools. She organized and became the first principalof the McCarthy at W.R. Beard School, which provides unique and specialized services for students with social/emotional, behavioral and academic concerns. She named the Community Foundation as the beneficiary of her life insurance policy and directed that the fund support local education in honor of her lifelong dedication to the field. Viola passed away at the age of 98, but her impact on education and children will live on through her fund.

Evelyn B. & Emery S. Osborn Fund
Evelyn Osborn was born in Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in 1932. She later moved to Auburn, New York, and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945. She and her husband, Emery, ran a lumber and hardware business called Osborn Sales Company from 1950 to 1970. A charitable provision in her will provided support for the Cayuga Community Fund when she passed away at age 102.

Donald W. Ryder Fund
Don Ryder lived on the outskirts of Baldwinsville and was incredibly proud of designing and building his home and barn. He spent endless hours each day maintaining his land and taking care of his home. When Don died last year at the age of 81, his will directed his entire estate — 150 acres of land, his home and all of his belongings — to set up the Donald W. Ryder Fund. Based on his clear direction, the fund will provide grants to nonprofit organizations for the sole purpose of brick and mortar capital projects to pay for the construction of new buildings, additions or renovations to existing facilities. 

Southern Cayuga Agriculture Program Fund
The Southern Cayuga Agriculture Program Fund was established by the Southern Cayuga Agricultural Advisory Board to support the priorities of the SCCS Agriculture program and the SCCS Future Farmers of America (FFA) Program — including academic needs and supplies, FFA activities and leadership development.

Scholarship Funds

Dr. James J. Brod Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dr. James Justin Brod graduated from Dartmouth College and McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine in Montreal and served in the US Navy as chief medical officer for the Underwater Ordinance Station in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1965 Brod moved his family to Oneida, NY, where he established the first orthopedic practice at Oneida City Hospital. He later served as an assistant professor of Clinical Orthopedics at Upstate Medical Center for many years. He also worked as the team doctor for the Oneida High School football team for nearly 20 years. It was a position that he deeply enjoyed because he truly loved working with young people. The fund will support a scholarship to benefit students in the Greater Oneida Area pursuing trade or medical vocations. 

Heman Street Superior Effort Scholarship
The Heman Street Superior Effort Scholarship was established by Rhoda Sikes, a former teacher who instructed at Heman Street Elementary for 30 years. She established this scholarship to provide awards to graduating students of East Syracuse-Minoa High School to support tuition and expenses associated with their attendance at an accredited college, university, or technical school, with a preference for those with average academic performance but who wish to continue their education beyond high school.

Barbara A. Pfefferle Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by friends of Barbara Pfefferle at the occasion of her retirement from Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School. Barbara worked as a teacher and basketball coach at the school for nearly 50 years before she retired in 2015 at the age of 74. In honor of her positive impact on the thousands of students she inspired throughout her tenure, a group of alumni came together to set up this fund. It will award scholarships each year to two female student-athletes at Grimes. One award will be given to a rising senior to help with the tuition cost of the private high school and one will be awarded to a graduating senior to assist with her college tuition.

Marcia & William Travis Scholarship Fund
William Travis established this scholarship with a bequest from his estate to provide financial support for students who are economically disadvantaged, who work hard and want to continue their education beyond high school. Scholarship recipients will be selected from both Geneva and North Rose-Wolcott high schools. This award provides four years of financial support to attend the educational institution of the student’s choosing.

Gail J. Weinstein Memorial Fund for Paramedic Education
Gail was the director of paramedic training at SUNY Upstate’s Department of Emergency Medicine when she passed away unexpectedly in 2008. Her determination, hard work and passion for teaching contributed to the development of educational opportunities for emergency medical service and medical professionals in CNY. This fund was established through the estate of Robert J. Johnston, Gail’s father, in memory of her mother, Joan I. Johnston. The fund provides scholarships for students pursuing the paramedic training program at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Agency Funds

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Fund
Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, an organizationthat works to find forever homes for rescue dogs in the Central New York area, established this fund to ensure the organization has a permanent source of income to meet future needs.

New York Animal Agriculture Coalition Fund
The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) is a farmer-founded and -funded organization that strives to enhance the public’s understanding of and appreciation for animal agriculture and modern farm practices. NYAAC is committed to being a proactive voice and source of factual, credible information about New York dairy farms and their role in today’s food system. This fund will provide a permanent source of funding for its work.

Hyacinthia B. Seiter Endowment for Pastoral Care
Hyacinthia B. Seiter was a woman of many interests. She loved to travel, enjoyed musical activities and was a very devout person. Seiter left an estate gift to Loretto which was used to create this fund in recognition of her generosity. It will support pastoral care at its facilities.

Skaneateles Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund
The Skaneateles Rotary Foundation established this fund to support its long-term goals which focus on “Service Above Self” and commitment to both the local and international communities.

Yeazel Catholic Education Fund
Monsignor Robert Yeazel was born and raised on the Northeast side of Syracuse and became a priest in 1967. He has since worked in many capacities as a priest to spread his knowledge and commitment to the Catholic faith. In celebration of Monsignor Yeazel’s Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary as a Roman Catholic Priest, the Yeazel Catholic Education Endowment Fund was created to honor and support his commitment to Catholic Education. An annual disbursement from this perpetual endowment will be used to support Catholic Education in the high schools and elementary schools located in the Western Region of the Syracuse Diocese.

Donor-Advised Funds

George & Beverley Adams Family Fund
Bertini Family Foundation
Nancy & Bill Byrne Fund
Elizabeth Catherine Charitable Foundation
CenterBridge Planning Group Foundation
Marra-Crolick Fund
Dunham Family Foundation
Dan & Colleen Fisher Fund
Winsome & Owen Graham O’Neill Fund
Linda Delaney Dickerson Hartsock Fund
Hope for Healing Fund
Scott & Jolie Johnston Fund
Morton Junior Family Foundation
Lee Family Fund
McKinney & Littlejohn Family Fund
Loveless Family Foundation
Lowengard Family Fund
Michael & Vicki Quigley Fund
Nicholas and Agnes Renzi Charitable Fund
Webb Family Fund
Anthony P. Weiss & Iris A. McNulty Foundation
Wetzel Family Charitable Foundation