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The Central New York Community Foundation helps those who want to make a charitable investment in this community to make an impact in their chosen area of interest. Our funds are managed professionally and endowed assets grow over time. Three features differentiate the Community Foundation from other forms of organized philanthropy:

  • Personalized Service: We help individuals, families and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
  • Local Expertise: We have knowledge of the issues, needs and people of Central New York. This helps our donors make their giving as effective as possible and helps us to implement impactful grantmaking programs.
  • Community Leadership: We act as a community catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to address issues, foster greater giving and support high impact opportunities.


The Central New York Community Foundation was established in 1927 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families and businesses for the betterment of the region. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $272 million. It has invested more than $190 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time. Its vision is to create a vibrant Central New York community that provides opportunity for everyone and builds a hopeful, prosperous region for future generations.

More Information about the Community Foundation

Reasons to Give Through the Community Foundation

Financial Information

Annual Report

Investment Philosophy

Our Grantmaking

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  • Lee Gatta

    My husband Joe and I decided to pay support forward by establishing a charitable giving plan.
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  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock

    Volunteerism, giving and community involvement are central to our family value system.
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  • The Linns

    We love Central New York and we feel that it is our responsibility to help make it a better place to live.
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  • Catherine Winger

    I feel so fortunate to be able to create a fund that will provide for the community that I have called home for my entire life.
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