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Better Together: 

Combining Resources for a Better Tomorrow


The Community Foundation partners with local community leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors on the following efforts to find innovative and effective solutions to community-wide issues.


Early Childhood Alliance

Early Childhood Alliance is a collection of community partners working to encourage a more holistic and collaborative approach to meeting the needs of our region’s youngest residents. This alliance, which evolved from an early childhood study conducted by Onondaga Citizen’s League and Syracuse 20/20, receives technical assistance from the Community Foundation. View the study


Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse is an effort to assist low-income Syracuse households in using less energy and creating homes free of health and safety hazards that may otherwise impact education and employment. This collaboration of the NYS Office of the Attorney General, Home HeadQuarters, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, local government entities and various community-based organizations received convening, facilitation and grant funding assistance from the Community Foundation. Together, the collaboration successfully garnered a $1 million state grant to advance this effort. 


Greater Syracuse HOPE Initiative

The Greater Syracuse HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment) Initiative is a collaboration of community members and leaders endeavoring to build a narrative around the poverty dynamics in the City of Syracuse and create a shared vision for moving forward to address critical issues in our community. These issues include severe concentrations of poverty among minorities in certain neighborhoods, inadequate and unsafe housing, lack of job opportunities, career pathways and subsequent high unemployment, low educational attainment and underperforming schools, poor health, neighborhood violence, crime and resulting trauma. The Community Foundation is providing facilitation, convening, administrative and grant support to this collaborative effort to reduce the incidents and ramifications of poverty in our city's neighborhoods.

Human Services Leadership Council (HSLC) of CNY

Human Services Leadership Council (HSLC) is a regional network of human service agencies working together to identify opportunities and provide coordinated, high-quality responses to human service needs in Central New York. Through grant and facilitation support, the Community Foundation joined multiple area funders to help the HSLC in its efforts to strengthen member agencies serving our region. Learn more


Literacy Coalitions

The Community Foundation continues its commitment to address the issue of literacy across the lifespan through its grantmaking and community leadership. Our work led to the founding of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC), of which we are a managing partner, and helped direct the formation of the Madison County Literacy Coalition. Through grants, research and management assistance, we endeavor to strengthen literacy service providers and their programs. Learn more

Neighborhood Greening Grants

Well-kept community spaces contribute to the life and vitality of neighborhoods. By taking care of our neighborhood environment, we create places where residents can gather and interact, thus strengthening the neighborhood’s social fabric and improving its quality of life. The Community Foundation is partnering with the Syracuse Parks Conservancy to offer mini-grants that fund the costs of volunteer-driven, environmental improvement projects conducted by neighborhood associations, schools and community groups. The Community Foundation provides grant dollars and administrative support to the program. Learn more

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders is an eight-week training program focused on increasing the pool of diverse nonprofit board members in our community. The Community Foundation assists with program development and implementation of this program, which resulted from a collaboration between the Gifford Foundation, Leadership Greater Syracuse, the Human Services Leadership Council and other community leaders. Learn more


Say Yes to Education Syracuse

Say Yes Syracuse is a historically unprecedented collaboration among diverse groups of Syracuse-area corporate, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to ensure that all Syracuse City School District students have the necessary support to graduate ready for higher education and that no financial barriers prevent them from attending college. The Community Foundation as supported the Say Yes effort in the form of a $2 million commitment and management of the Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund, designed to ensure its scholarship promise continues for generations. Learn more
View recent announcement about Say Yes

Work Train

Work Train is a workforce development initiative designed to create job opportunities for low-income residents in Central New York. The Community Foundation partners with CenterState CEO (Corporation for Economic Opportunity), United Way of Central New York, the Allyn Foundation and more than 20 community partners and funders to provide career pathways to low-income individuals while fulfilling staffing needs of local employers. Learn more