Peter A. Dunn

PETER A. DUNN

President & CEO

Peter welcomes all questions you may have regarding the Community Foundation and its services.

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Communications

Katrina M. Crocker

Katrina M. Crocker

Vice President, Communications

Katrina develops and leads the implementation of a comprehensive communication strategy that builds and sustains awareness of the Community Foundation’s philanthropic voice in Central New York. She is happy to respond to media inquiries and answer your questions regarding overall communications.

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Dara M. Harper

Dara M. Harper

Events & Communications Associate

Dara plans and executes Community Foundation events and provides general communications support. She is happy to answer your questions regarding events, advertising and sponsorships, and affiliate fund communications.

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Juliet R. Maloff

Juliet R. Maloff

Communications Officer

Juliet champions and guides the Community Foundation’s brand management to internal and external audiences by overseeing and producing media relations and print, digital and social media communications. She is happy to respond to media inquiries and answer your questions regarding any of our externally facing digital or print content.

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Community Investment

Darrell Buckingham

Darrell Buckingham

Program Officer

Darrell assists with planning and implementing the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives that support and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region. He is happy to answer your questions regarding CNYCF’s literacy, early childhood, community engagement and LeadSafeCNY initiatives.

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Elisia Gonzalez

Program Associate

Elisia provides administrative, initiative and grantmaking support. Elisia is happy to answer your questions regarding grants, programs and the online grant application portal.

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Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson

Senior Director, Grants and Programs

Danielle oversees the Community Grantmaking program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs. She is happy to answer your questions regarding Community Grantmaking, NEWS, Marsellus Executive Development, LeadUp CNY, DoVES, and Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders.

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Sean Reed, Jr.

Sean Reed, Jr.

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Sean assists with the implementation of the strategic initiative and affiliate fund programs. He is happy to answer your questions related to the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives; including Black Equity and Excellence, scholarships and affiliate fund grantmaking.

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Frank M. Ridzi, PhD

Frank M. Ridzi, PhD

Vice President, Community Investment

Frank oversees and monitors the grantmaking process, conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the Community Foundation, shares expertise with donors and manages special projects and strategic initiatives. He is happy to answer your questions related to building, sustaining and sharing community knowledge and measuring impact through such initiatives as CNY Vitals, the Community Data Group, The Human Services Leadership Council, and Work Train.

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Development

Jenny E. Green

Jenny E. Green

Philanthropic Services Officer

Jenny provides support to donors, fund advisors and staff related to the organization’s data management system. She also manages the Community Foundation’s gift acceptance and acknowledgment process. Jenny is happy to help with updating contact info.

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Thomas M. Griffith, AEP, CAP, ChFC

Thomas M. Griffith, AEP®, CAP®, ChFC®

Vice President, Development

Tom creates and implements custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies in coordination with their professional advisors. He also helps local nonprofits create and build endowments. Tom is happy to answer questions about your charitable planning.

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Jan L. Lane

Jan L. Lane, CAP®

Development Officer

Jan supports charitable planning for individuals, families and companies and facilitates the Foundation’s legacy planning program. She is happy to answer your questions regarding lifetime and legacy giving options, multi-generational engagement, fund succession planning and legacy preservation.

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Monica M. Merante CAP

Monica M. Merante, CAP®

Senior Director, Philanthropic Services

Monica serves as the primary contact for donors, connecting them with the many resources available through the Community Foundation. She is happy to answer questions about your fund, help you identify areas of charitable interest, and research organizations and causes that you would like 
to support.

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Pragya S. Murphy, MBA

Pragya S. Murphy, MBA, CAP®

Development Officer

Pragya supports charitable planning for individuals, families and companies and provides outreach to the local professional advisor community and nonprofit organizations. She is happy to answer your questions regarding the financial advisor program, nonprofit agency funds, affiliate fund development, lifetime giving and legacy giving.

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Finance & Administration

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Kymberle Benderski

Accountant

Assists with the day-to-day accounting activities and scholarships of the Community Foundation. Kymberle is happy to answer your questions about the Community Foundation’s accounting policies and procedures.

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Gerianne P. Corradino

Gerianne P. Corradino

Senior Manager of Business Operations

Geri is responsible for overseeing the Central New York Philanthropy Center building and assisting with operational, IT and personnel-related support. She is happy to answer your questions about renting space in the Central New York Philanthropy Center.

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Terri M. Evans

Terri M. Evans

Administrative Associate

Terri provides administrative support to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Community Foundation. She is the first person to welcome constituents, visitors and staff when they arrive at the Philanthropy Center.

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Dana Fiel

Dana Fiel

Senior Finance Associate

Dana is responsible for the grant distribution and accounts payable processes. She is happy to answer your questions about accounts payable.

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Elizabeth T. Hartman, CPA

Elizabeth T. Hartman, CPA

Controller

Liz manages the day-to-day accounting activities of the Community Foundation adhering to accounting principles, policies and procedures. She is happy to answer your questions about the audited financial statements or the 990.

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Davona Lawrence

Finance Associate

Davona assists in the grant distribution and accounts payable processes.

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Kimberly P. Sadowski, CPA

Kimberly P. Sadowski, CPA

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Kim oversees finance, accounting, investments, information technology, human resources and operations. She is happy to answer your questions regarding investments, foundation operations and talent recruitment.

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Say Yes Syracuse

Dana E. Lyons-Canty

Manager, Post-secondary Scholarship Access and Completion

Dana is happy to answer your questions about Say Yes Syracuse scholarships.

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Ahmeed Turner

Say Yes Syracuse Executive Director

Ahmeed is happy to answer your questions about Say Yes Syracuse.

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News & Stories

Blogs October 26, 2021

Reflections: Using Data to Improve Equity

Frank Ridzi, vice president, community investment, reflects on how nonprofits can measure how effectively their ...

Stories October 19, 2021

DAN FISHER: EVER-EVOLVING

Since completing his 35-year career at Welch Allyn, he has dedicated his time and resources ...

Video: Annual Professional Advisor Continuing Education 2021
Stories October 19, 2021

Video: Annual Professional Advisor Continuing Education 2021

Dr. James shared the Top 10 charitable planning strategies for financial advisors under the new ...

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Group of individuals standing together
News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories September 29, 2021

Video Playback: Lunch & Learn | September 2021

For this Lunch & Learn, we welcomed both professional advisors and donors!

hand holding growing money
Publications September 28, 2021

Using IRA Assets for Lifetime and Legacy Giving

Whether your clients are interested in making an immediate impact or planning to leave lasting ...

Young woman looking off into the distance
Publications September 21, 2021

Say Yes Opens Doors to Dreams

Annual Report: 2021

Oswego County Community Foundation Logo
News Releases September 8, 2021

Oswego County Community Foundation Announces Grantees

$32,400 has been distributed to organizations in Oswego County!

Blogs October 26, 2021

Reflections: Using Data to Improve Equity

Frank Ridzi, vice president, community investment, reflects on how nonprofits can measure how effectively their ...

Stories October 19, 2021

DAN FISHER: EVER-EVOLVING

Since completing his 35-year career at Welch Allyn, he has dedicated his time and resources ...

Video: Annual Professional Advisor Continuing Education 2021
Stories October 19, 2021

Video: Annual Professional Advisor Continuing Education 2021

Dr. James shared the Top 10 charitable planning strategies for financial advisors under the new ...

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Group of individuals standing together
News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories September 29, 2021

Video Playback: Lunch & Learn | September 2021

For this Lunch & Learn, we welcomed both professional advisors and donors!

hand holding growing money
Publications September 28, 2021

Using IRA Assets for Lifetime and Legacy Giving

Whether your clients are interested in making an immediate impact or planning to leave lasting ...

Young woman looking off into the distance
Publications September 21, 2021

Say Yes Opens Doors to Dreams

Annual Report: 2021

Oswego County Community Foundation Logo
News Releases September 8, 2021

Oswego County Community Foundation Announces Grantees

$32,400 has been distributed to organizations in Oswego County!

News & Stories