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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 serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses and serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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COVID-19: CNYCF & Philanthropy Center Reopening Update

As local businesses and nonprofit organizations reopen during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors remain our top priorities. View Update (11/5/20)

COVID-19 Community Support 
The COVID-19 Community Support Fund, along with our affiliate funds, provided flexible resources to organizations working with those who were disproportionately impacted by the outbreak. Learn More

Black Equity & Excellence Fund
We are committing to invest a minimum of $1 million over the next few years to address racial equity in our communities. Learn More

Upcoming Application Deadlines


Community grants deadline

Upcoming Events

Nov 5, 12, 19

The Digital Collaboration workshop


    COVID-19 Support: A Report to the Community Released

    Our Report to the Comunity features stories about how Central New Yorkers responded in unprecedented ways to an unprecedented crisis.

  • Grants Awarded

    First Grants Awarded from Black Equity & Excellence Fund

    12 grants were awarded to Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism in Syracuse. In its first round of funding twelve grants were distributed, totaling $292,695

  • Announcement

    Matching Challenge Grants Issued to Support Arts During Pandemic

    The CNY Arts COVID-19 Impact Fund was established by CNY Arts to provide emergency support to the arts, cultural, and heritage industry in Central New York.

  • News

    Anonymous Donor Leaves $2.2 Million Gift to Local Charity

    A generous gift established an endowed fund that will support local nonprofit organizations providing healthcare and animal care.

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