The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity that collects contributions from private donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive.

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Year Founded

1927

Total Assets

$260M

Grants Awarded

$15.2M

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News & Stories

Stories February 25, 2021

Now Accepting Applications for the Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship

Since inception, the Kilian Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $320,000 in total scholarship dollars to ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Grace Ghezzi Headshot
Stories February 17, 2021

'Popping The Question' About Charitable Giving: Grace Ghezzi

Hear from Grace Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®, President & Financial Consultant, Grace B. Ghezzi ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

Man sitting in wheelchair writing
News Releases February 9, 2021

Allen Speiser Memorial Fund Accepting Applications for Grant Opportunity

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Young girl works on a laptop in the classroom
News Releases January 28, 2021

More Than $500,000 Awarded to Support Local Organizations

We recently distributed $539,877 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Now Accepting Applications for the Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship

Since inception, the Kilian Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $320,000 in total scholarship dollars to ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Grace Ghezzi Headshot
Stories February 17, 2021

'Popping The Question' About Charitable Giving: Grace Ghezzi

Hear from Grace Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®, President & Financial Consultant, Grace B. Ghezzi ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

Man sitting in wheelchair writing
News Releases February 9, 2021

Allen Speiser Memorial Fund Accepting Applications for Grant Opportunity

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Young girl works on a laptop in the classroom
News Releases January 28, 2021

More Than $500,000 Awarded to Support Local Organizations

We recently distributed $539,877 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through ...

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