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The Central New York Community Foundation

Who We Are

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of nearly $260 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.

For more information please view our General Brochure here.

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How We Do It

The Central New York Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that helps people accomplish their philanthropic goals. Our funds are managed professionally and endowed assets grow over time. Three features differentiate the Community Foundation from other forms of organized philanthropy:

  • Personalized Service: We help individuals, families and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
  • Local Expertise: We have  knowledge of the issues, needs and people of Central New York. This helps our donors make their giving as effective as possible and helps us to implement impactful grantmaking programs.
  • Community Leadership: We act as a community catalyst, bringing diverse voices and groups together to address issues, foster greater giving and support high impact opportunities.


Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a thriving Central New York community, inspire greater giving, celebrate legacy and steward charitable resources for today and tomorrow.

Our Vision

We envision Central New York as a vibrant community with opportunity for everyone. Future generations of Central New Yorkers will proudly inherit a hopeful, prosperous region where generosity and collaboration abound to create lasting improvement. 

Our Pledge

We pledge to be an enduring and compassionate partner in philanthropy, investing in the people and potential of Central New York. We commit to collaborative relationships with the individuals and organizations that are the heartbeat of our region. We support our fellow community members in becoming authors of opportunity and agents of change. We open our doors to everyone and anyone who aspires to build upon the contributions of the past and present to shape our community’s shared future.