Central New Yorkers just like you are leaving legacies to help make our community a place where everyone can thrive. With the help of the Community Foundation, their generosity will make an impact on our region for generations to come.

Legacy Stories

Woman standing in front of statue

Gwen's parents grew up in the Jim Crow South and met while studying at North Carolina A&T, a historically Black college and university. Her father entered a segregated Army and her mother was a teacher. It is this keen awareness of the sacrifices and triumphs...

Headshot of Rhoda Sikes along with a photo of Onondaga Lake

Even well after her tenure ended at Heman Street Elementary School, Rhoda Sike's passion for teaching never wavered and she found a way to continue making an impact on students.

Pamela Monaco sitting with her dog

It was an “a-ha” moment for Pamela Kip Reisman Monaco when she read another woman’s story of leaving a planned gift to the Community Foundation.