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A study conducted by the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship found that $22 billion will change hands from one generation to the next in Central New York before the start of the next decade. There are three places these funds can go: heirs, charity and taxes.

Many people choose to allocate their entire estate to their children, but as more and more people leave the communities where they were raised, much of this inherited wealth will leave Central New York. For our community to thrive, it is important that we reinvest back into the places where we earned our living and enjoyed a good life.

What if we joined together and pledged to leave something to our community?  Even something small, like 5%, could make an extraordinary difference.

View the data to see the potential amount that could be reinvested in your county.

Find out how you can leave a legacy in your community.


  • Barbara Genton

    I wanted to do something to give back to the organizations that have helped me in my own life.

  • Jim Mackin

    I want Central New York to be a place where everyone can realize their personal dreams.

  • Letty Murray

    I feel strongly that my family's legacy of generosity should continue on long after I'm gone.

  • Mansukh Shah

    Whatever we can do to ensure a bright future for Central New York, we should do it!

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