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Over the next few years, Central New York individuals and families will leave close to $22 billion mostly to their children, grandchildren and relatives through their estates. If everyone gave just 5% of their estate to our community’s charitable endowment, $55 million of support could be given to Central New York nonprofits each and every year, forever.

What could that mean for the community? With just 5%, imagine what magnitude of change could be made in our five-county region.  That additional support would mean millions of dollars more each year for our local nonprofits to fund state-of-the-art programs of all kinds: afterschool programs, arts education, safe and affordable housing, environmental conservation, job readiness and economic development, historical preservation... the possibilities are endless.

When you leave a planned gift or establish a fund at the Community Foundation your charitable dollars are pooled and invested to grow over time and earnings are used to fund programs that improve Central New York.

The video stories below show the Community Foundation’s grant dollars in action, supporting and enhancing some of your favorite causes. Now, imagine what more we can do with your support!

Benefits in Action

Watch the following videos stories to see examples of the Community Foundation's grant dollars doing great work in our community. 


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  • Bernie Henderson

    I’ve always been civically engaged in the community both as a board member and volunteer for multiple nonprofit organizations.
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  • Richard Levy

    My life was changed forever when I was forced to flee Nazi Germany as a young, Jewish boy. I was rescued through the extraordinary kindness of a British family in 1939.
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  • Mary Pat Olicker

    Central New York has been my home for 50 years. It is where we discovered a shared commitment to the many nonprofit and charitable organizations making a difference in our community.
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  • Erik Osborne

    Hailing from a long line of entrepreneurs, activists and social reformers, Erik Osborne has worked tirelessly to not only honor, but grow the legacies of the family members who came before him.
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