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Just by setting aside 5% for Central New York - the home of your heritage, your livelihood, your roots - you can enrich its future.

When you give through the Community Foundation, you can establish a fund in your family name, in the name of a loved one, or the name of a cause that’s important to you. Read the stories of some of our generous legacy donors. 

Endowed funds are designed to last forever, grow over time, and make grants every year in the name of your fund  – creating a legacy of giving in and for Central New York.

If you are seeking a long-term vehicle for your current or future charitable giving, establishing a new fund at the Community Foundation may be the right option for you. We offer a variety of fund types to tailor your giving for maximum impact. You can start your fund today, or establish a planned gift to create a legacy fund at a later date.

How to Get Started

There are a variety of ways that you can designate your gift through the Community Foundation. Consider these options to get started:

  1. Explore Ways to Give: Visit our Ways to Give page to learn about the ways you can give, now or later, to achieve your charitable goals.

  2. Join our Legacy Society: By pledging an estate gift for the Central New York community, you will be added as a member of our Legacy Society so that your generous gift can be recognized during your lifetime.

  3. Contact Your Professional Advisor: Talk to your professional advisors – your accountant, financial advisor or attorney – about your interest in making a gift through the Community Foundation. Their knowledge of your financial and estate planning situation can inform your decision. You, your advisors, and the Community Foundation can work together to create a lasting legacy in the way that best fits you. To get started, you may want to direct your advisor to the Advisors section on this website for valuable resources.

  4. Contact Us: Community Foundation staff is available to provide custom giving suggestions based on your interests. Contact us to request a private meeting or to set up an information session that includes your professional advisor.


  • The Reids

    It feels wonderful to know we can make a difference even after we are gone.

  • Mary Mathews

    After I am gone, myfund will still be giving in my parents’ names to support the current needs of our community.

  • Anne Lloyd

    I now feel a strong desire to help others by giving back to the same community that so greatly impacted my life.

  • Lee Gatta

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

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