This community is part of who you are. You can give back with a gift to the region’s future.

Take a moment to think about what matters to you. Perhaps it’s the schools your children attend, or the hospital where you receive care. It could be the park where your grandchildren love to play, or a local charity that’s a big part of your life. What could you do to make sure the things that matter to you today have a secure future, long after you’re gone? How can you help ensure that future generations will benefit from the wonderful resources in our community?

We have an opportunity in Central New York to turn our hopes for the future into reality. This region is currently experiencing an unprecedented transfer of wealth. A study conducted by the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship found that $22 billion, or more than 40% of the region’s wealth, would be changing hands from one generation to the next over ten years in Central New York, and this level of wealth transfer is constantly occurring. If we invest a portion of this capital — even just 5 percent — in endowment funds at the Community Foundation, we could create a permanent source of funding for local organizations and causes that will greatly improve the lives of our family, friends and future generations.

As of 2010, total net worth was $57 billion in Central New York, here represented as Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, Madison and Cortland counties. Of that, $22 billion is expected to transfer from one generation to the next through probate estates over the next 10 years. A number of those assets will transfer to heirs who live outside of CNY. If 5% of that projected transfer was designated for local charity, nearly $1.1 billion would be retained for the benefit of Central New York. If that $1.1 billion was housed in a charitable endowment, an estimated $55 million would be available for nonprofit grantmaking each year. Learn more at www.5forCNY.org. Research provided by: RUPRI Center for Rural Entrpreneurship, September 2011.

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George listened to each constituent and valued their time. He appreciated talent whether it was ...

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Steve and Elaine Jacobs stand in front of the CNY Philanthropy Center.
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Steve and Elaine Jacobs: Giving from the Heart

“I realized that the people in this community were the same people who helped me ...

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Blogs July 19, 2021

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