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The Central New York Community Foundation helps those who want to make a charitable investment in this community to make an impact in their chosen area of interest. Our funds are managed professionally and endowed assets grow over time. Three features differentiate the Community Foundation from other forms of organized philanthropy:

  • Personalized Service: We help individuals, families and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
  • Local Expertise: We have knowledge of the issues, needs and people of Central New York. This helps our donors make their giving as effective as possible and helps us to implement impactful grantmaking programs.
  • Community Leadership: We act as a community catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to address issues, foster greater giving and support high impact opportunities.


Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

More Information about the Community Foundation

Reasons to Give Through the Community Foundation

Financial Information

Annual Report

Investment Philosophy

Our Grantmaking

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  • Lee Gatta

    My husband Joe and I decided to pay support forward by establishing a charitable giving plan.
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  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock

    Volunteerism, giving and community involvement are central to our family value system.
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  • The Linns

    We love Central New York and we feel that it is our responsibility to help make it a better place to live.
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  • Catherine Winger

    I feel so fortunate to be able to create a fund that will provide for the community that I have called home for my entire life.
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