If everyone set aside just 5 percent of their estates in an endowment fund for local charity, 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 leave a planned gift or establish a fund at 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!

Giving Stories

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Donald Trufant
Stories January 8, 2021

Donald Trufant

Thanks to the generosity of former Cayuga County resident Donald Trufant, a $3 million scholarship ...

Mary Thorpe
Stories January 8, 2021

The Thorpes

The generosity of this brother-sister team will now carry on into perpetuity. Already it has ...

The Spanfelners
Stories January 8, 2021

The Spanfelners

Visiting Idaho and Montana every year to fish, the Spanfelners felt a strong connection to ...

Don Ryder
Stories January 8, 2021

Don Ryder

Don Ryder lived a very private and quiet life in Baldwinsville, NY. But when he ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Donald Trufant
Stories January 8, 2021

Donald Trufant

Thanks to the generosity of former Cayuga County resident Donald Trufant, a $3 million scholarship ...

Mary Thorpe
Stories January 8, 2021

The Thorpes

The generosity of this brother-sister team will now carry on into perpetuity. Already it has ...

The Spanfelners
Stories January 8, 2021

The Spanfelners

Visiting Idaho and Montana every year to fish, the Spanfelners felt a strong connection to ...

Don Ryder
Stories January 8, 2021

Don Ryder

Don Ryder lived a very private and quiet life in Baldwinsville, NY. But when he ...

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