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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Dashiell M. Elliott

Dashiell M. Elliott

Program Officer

Dashiell oversees the Black Equity and Excellence Fund and assists with the implementation and management of the Community Foundation’s community grant, community engagement, and nonprofit development programs. Dashiell is happy to answer your questions regarding the Black Equity and Excellence Fund, Community Grantmaking, Grassroots Grantmaking/The Leadership Classroom (TLC), grant reporting and NEWS.

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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

Finance Manager

Geri is responsible for managing the grants and accounts payable processes and providing affiliate fund and board support. She is happy to answer your questions about accounts payable and board meetings.

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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

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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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

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund
News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

Stories July 26, 2021

Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Sage's estate at the time of her death consisted of close to $50,000,000, almost all ...

Foxes on grass
News Releases July 20, 2021

First-Ever Grants Distributed from $10 Million Estate Gift to Support Local Outdoor Parks and Recreation

The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $301,000 in grants from the Dr. Robert ...

family standing at beach at sunset
Blogs July 19, 2021

Wealth Planning: Charitable Giving Across the Generations

Jan Lane, development officer, takes a look at the changing landscape of generational philanthropy.

Stories July 13, 2021

Go West, Young Wyatt!

The inaugural recipient of the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund, Wyatt recently packed up ...

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

News Releases July 1, 2021

Community Foundation Announces Promotion and New Hire

Announcing the promotion of Darrell Buckingham and our new hire, Elisia Gonzalez.

Peter Dunn
Blogs June 30, 2021

PETE’S PERSPECTIVES: As a Community Foundation, We Are Built for the Long Term

Peter Dunn leads us through how our efforts have been recognized in recent months by ...

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund
News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

Stories July 26, 2021

Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage | Syracuse Women in Philanthropy

Sage's estate at the time of her death consisted of close to $50,000,000, almost all ...

Foxes on grass
News Releases July 20, 2021

First-Ever Grants Distributed from $10 Million Estate Gift to Support Local Outdoor Parks and Recreation

The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $301,000 in grants from the Dr. Robert ...

family standing at beach at sunset
Blogs July 19, 2021

Wealth Planning: Charitable Giving Across the Generations

Jan Lane, development officer, takes a look at the changing landscape of generational philanthropy.

Stories July 13, 2021

Go West, Young Wyatt!

The inaugural recipient of the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund, Wyatt recently packed up ...

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

News Releases July 1, 2021

Community Foundation Announces Promotion and New Hire

Announcing the promotion of Darrell Buckingham and our new hire, Elisia Gonzalez.

Peter Dunn
Blogs June 30, 2021

PETE’S PERSPECTIVES: As a Community Foundation, We Are Built for the Long Term

Peter Dunn leads us through how our efforts have been recognized in recent months by ...

News & Stories