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If everyone joined together to give 5% of their assets to charity through their estates, 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 and would help fund state-of-the-art programs of all kinds: after-school programs, arts education, safe and affordable housing, environmental conservation, job readiness and economic development, historic preservation, animal welfare…the possibilities are endless.

When you give a legacy gift to the Community Foundation, your charitable dollars are pooled with other gifts, invested to grow over time and used to fund programs that improve Central New York communities. The following stories show our grants and initiatives in action, supporting and enhancing some of your favorite causes. Now, imagine what we can do with your support!

Stories of Impact

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The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $769,999 in grants to local nonprofits.

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In July, the Everson hosted Frank Buffalo Hyde’s first solo exhibit in New York State, created to dismantle stereotypes and invite audiences to re-think the portrayal of Indigenous people and culture in society and media.

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The United Way of CNY recently used a $100,000 grant from our Literacy Initiative Fund to further local literacy efforts through support of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga.