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!

Stories of Impact

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense of understanding and comradery.

Foster grandparents with children

"Data Dating" pairs non-profits together to better serve the communities they represent.

Bob Vitkus stands outside

Dr. Robert J. Vitkus adored the outdoors, and Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today seeks to continue his vision.