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You care about your community and contribute to it in many ways. But you may not realize that you have the potential to create a lasting legacy that can continue after your life. Just by setting aside 5% of your assets for Central New York – the home of your heritage, your livelihood, your roots – you can enrich its future. Are you a donor-advised fundholder? Learn how you have the opportunity to make a difference with your fund.

How to Get Started

There are a variety of ways that you can designate your gift through the Community Foundation. Consider these options to get started:

    1. Explore Ways to Give: Visit our Ways to Give page to learn about the ways you can give, now or later, to achieve your charitable goals.

    2. Join our Legacy Society: By pledging an estate gift for the Central New York community, you will be added as a member of our Legacy Society so that your generous gift can be recognized during your lifetime. Learn about our Legacy Plan services, designed to help you to connect with your motivations for giving, as well as to preserve your charitable legacy for years to come. View our Legacy Giving Brochure. View our Legacy Planning One-Pager

    3. Contact Your Professional Advisor: Talk to your professional advisors – your accountant, financial advisor or attorney – about your interest in making a gift through the Community Foundation. Their knowledge of your financial and estate planning situation can inform your decision. You, your advisors, and the Community Foundation can work together to create a lasting legacy in the way that best fits you. To get started, you may want to direct your advisor to the Advisors section on this website for valuable resources.

    4. Contact Us: Community Foundation staff is available to provide custom giving suggestions based on your interests. Contact us to request a private meeting or to set up an information session that includes your professional advisor.


  • The Reids

    It feels wonderful to know we can make a difference even after we are gone.

  • Mary Mathews

    After I am gone, myfund will still be giving in my parents’ names to support the current needs of our community.

  • Anne Lloyd

    I now feel a strong desire to help others by giving back to the same community that so greatly impacted my life.

  • Lee Gatta

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

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