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You care about your community and contribute to it in many ways. But you may not realize that you have the potential to create a lasting legacy that can continue after your life. Just by setting aside 5% of your assets for Central New York – the home of your heritage, your livelihood, your roots – you can enrich its future. Are you a donor-advised fundholder? Learn how you have the opportunity to make a difference with your fund.

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. Learn about our Legacy Plan services, designed to help you to connect with your motivations for giving, as well as to preserve your charitable legacy for years to come. View our Legacy Giving Brochure. View our Legacy Planning One-Pager

    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 Thorpes

    Although she had no formal higher education, Mary was a strong believer that educational opportunity is the path to progress in today’s world.

  • Donald Trufant

    Don thought being kind and generous was important. Those things that were so part of the fiber of his being will continue well past his life through his scholarship fund.

  • John Marsellus

    Just as he did in his daily life, John's legacy will continue to enrich the lives of generations of area residents because of his commitment to Central New York.

  • Ruth Blumberg

    Countless children will benefit from the generous commitment Ruth made to ensure that her daughter’s memory would not be forgotten when she herself passed away.

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