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Year in Review

Trufant Family Scholarship Fund
When Donald Trufant passed away in 2015, a portion of his estate augmented the Trufant Family Scholarship Fund. This $3 million fund will award $20,000 and $40,000 scholarships each year to graduating seniors of both Union Springs and Auburn high schools who perceive a challenge as an opportunity for success and who fall within the top 20 percent of their class.
Say Yes to Education
This spring, the community’s effort around Say Yes to Education was bolstered by substantial grants from the City of Syracuse and Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, completing the $30 million goal needed to endow the Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund administered by the Community Foundation. This will guarantee a path to college for generations of Syracuse City children, regardless of income. Read more about Say Yes to Education.

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse Kicks Off
The Community Foundation collaborated with Home HeadQuarters, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County and other community partners to launch Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse (GHHIGS), a program designed to correct home health, safety and efficiency issues faced by low- to moderate-income homeowners in Syracuse. Learn more about GHHIGS.
5forCNY Campaign Launched
Over the next few years, Central New Yorkers will leave close to $22 billion mostly to their children, grandchildren and relatives through their estates. The Community Foundation asks community members to consider the impact of leaving just 5% of their estates for the benefit of the local causes they care about. Learn more about 5forCNY.

Launch of the Greater Syracuse HOPE Initiative
This year the Community Foundation joined an emerging group of neighborhood and community leaders to begin building a narrative around the staggering poverty epidemic in our region. The Greater Syracuse HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment) Initiative seeks to bring a diverse group of residents and partners together to create new opportunities for community members transitioning from economically deprived situations. Learn more about the HOPE Initiative.  

Completion of Fourth Performance Management Learning Community
Our fourth Performance Management Learning Community convened over the course of the year. The 13 participating organizations shared lessons learned while they implemented programs to measure how their activities are making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Oswego County Community Foundation Awards First Grants
Established only three years ago, the Oswego County Community Foundation  is already making impactful change in the region by distributing its first-ever grant awards. The Fund reached a $500,000 initial fundraising goal after less than two years of operation, allowing it to begin awarding grants to Oswego County nonprofit organizations this year. View these grants at oswegocountycf.org

Support for Consensus
Recent research revealed that every Onondaga County resident is served by at least two of 36 general purpose governing entities. Consensus, a multi-partner commission focused on local government modernization, used a grant from the Community Foundation this year to seek public opinion on the efficiency and effectiveness of local governance.     
Community Asset Growth
We received nearly $23 million in new contributions during the fiscal year. These new funds helped us achieve the highest total asset level in our history — more than $192 million.  See descriptions of this year’s new named funds. More detailed financial information can be found here.    

#GivingTuesdayCNY Encourages Children’s Involvement in Philanthropy

On Giving Tuesday, a national movement created to remind people of charitable giving during the holiday season, we brought attention to the importance of teaching children about charitable giving and displaying acts of kindness. We created a website with a wealth of resources and activities that parents and grandparents can employ with children and teens to give back to the community. To view these resources, visit cnycf.org/children.

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