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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. 



  • Lee Gatta

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

  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock

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

  • The Linns

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

  • 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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