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

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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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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Cory Schad

Senior Manager, Events & Communications

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

PHONE 315.883.5561 EMAIL Send

Community Investment

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.

PHONE 315.883.5559 EMAIL Send
Colby Cyrus

Colby Cyrus

Program Manager

Colby assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of grantmaking and programs. He is happy to answer your questions related to the Community Grant program, grant reporting and affiliate fund grants.

PHONE 315.883.5552 EMAIL Send

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.

PHONE 315.883.5538 EMAIL Send
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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.

PHONE 315.883.5554 EMAIL Send

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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Qiana Williams

Program Officer

Qiana engages directly with community residents and nonprofit staff to assist in the design and implementation of the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives and grantmaking. She is happy to answer your questions regarding neighborhood and resident engagement and The Leadership Classroom (TLC).

PHONE 315.883.5568 EMAIL Send

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.

PHONE 315.883.5539 EMAIL Send
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.

PHONE 315.883.5544 EMAIL Send
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Sunday Kulang

Development Associate

Sunday assists with the administration of our constituent management database to help build and sustain relationships with current & potential donors, professional advisors, and other constituents.

PHONE 315-422-9538 EMAIL Send
Jan L. Lane

Jan L. Lane, CAP®

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

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.

PHONE 315.883.5546 EMAIL Send
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.

PHONE 315.883.5541 EMAIL Send
Pragya S. Murphy, MBA

Pragya S. Murphy, MBA, CAP®

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

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.

PHONE 315.883.5540 EMAIL Send

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.

PHONE 315.883.5535 EMAIL Send

Gerianne P. Corradino

Senior Manager, 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.

PHONE 315.883.5536 EMAIL Send
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.

PHONE 315.883.5531 EMAIL Send
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.

PHONE 315.883.5550 EMAIL Send

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.

PHONE 315.883.5534 EMAIL Send

Davona Lawrence

Finance Associate

Davona assists in the grant distribution and accounts payable processes.

PHONE 315.883.5537 EMAIL Send
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.

PHONE 315.883.5533 EMAIL Send

Scholarships and Student Support

Dana E. Lyons-Canty

Scholarship and Student Support Officer, Say Yes Syracuse

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

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Ahmeed Turner

Vice President, Scholarships and Student Support; Executive Director, Say Yes Syracuse

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

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News & Stories

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News Releases September 28, 2022

$240,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support ...

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News Releases September 25, 2022

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

This is the first time Resilia’s cutting edge training has been offered in the Central ...

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Publications September 13, 2022

5FORCNY REVISITED: With the Great Wealth Transfer Comes Great Opportunity

Updated forecasts suggest that U.S. households will transfer more than $84 trillion over the next ...

Blogs September 7, 2022

Reflections: Making the Invisible Visible

Minister Mark D. Muhammad, Ed.D. tells his personal story of struggles growing up in Syracuse ...

Aerial view of houses
News Releases September 6, 2022

New Report Discovers Opportunity for Local Charities' Future

Per household, the average value of assets set to transfer over the next 10 years ...

News Releases August 31, 2022

Layla's Got You Assists in EITC Education

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit geared towards middle, and ...

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News Releases August 30, 2022

Women's Fund Distributes $50,000 in Grants

$50,000 in grants will assist nonprofits serving Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga counties

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News Releases August 29, 2022

Residents Called On to Design Lead Poisoning Prevention Project

Syracuse residents have an opportunity to help design and implement a project that will help ...

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Stories August 29, 2022

Jeff Knauss: Giving for the Greater Good

Jeff Knauss gives because “it’s the right thing to do—period.” He strives to continue making ...

Children standing with paramedic
News Releases September 28, 2022

$240,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support ...

woman at laptop computer
News Releases September 25, 2022

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

This is the first time Resilia’s cutting edge training has been offered in the Central ...

hand holding growing money
Publications September 13, 2022

5FORCNY REVISITED: With the Great Wealth Transfer Comes Great Opportunity

Updated forecasts suggest that U.S. households will transfer more than $84 trillion over the next ...

Blogs September 7, 2022

Reflections: Making the Invisible Visible

Minister Mark D. Muhammad, Ed.D. tells his personal story of struggles growing up in Syracuse ...

Aerial view of houses
News Releases September 6, 2022

New Report Discovers Opportunity for Local Charities' Future

Per household, the average value of assets set to transfer over the next 10 years ...

News Releases August 31, 2022

Layla's Got You Assists in EITC Education

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit geared towards middle, and ...

women's fund logo
News Releases August 30, 2022

Women's Fund Distributes $50,000 in Grants

$50,000 in grants will assist nonprofits serving Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga counties

Women engaged around a table
News Releases August 29, 2022

Residents Called On to Design Lead Poisoning Prevention Project

Syracuse residents have an opportunity to help design and implement a project that will help ...

Jeff Knauss sits with his wife, son and daughter on an outdoor couch on a porch
Stories August 29, 2022

Jeff Knauss: Giving for the Greater Good

Jeff Knauss gives because “it’s the right thing to do—period.” He strives to continue making ...

News & Stories