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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. Sign up for a 5forCNY Giving Vision Session: Sign up for a one-on-one virtual conversation to explore your giving goals. You will be guided through a series of values-based exercises that will help you craft a charitable mission and vision statement. This will be valuable to first-time philanthropists and longtime givers alike. Creating a charitable mission and vision statement will help to define and clarify how you wish to make a difference.

    5. Whether you have a long-established history of giving or are considering a future gift, you will walk away from this session with a personal blueprint for greater giving.

      Sessions will be offered virtually on a responsive, rolling basis. To schedule a session or learn more, please contact Jan Lane at jlane@cnycf.org or 315-883-5546 for more details.

    6. 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.


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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