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

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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Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson

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, the Speiser Fund, 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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Robyn L. Smith

Robyn L. Smith

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Robyn oversees and implements the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives that support and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region. She is happy to answer your questions regarding CNYCF’s literacy, early childhood, community engagement, LeadSafeCNY, and Madison County Rural Poverty initiatives.

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Development

Jenny E. Green

Jenny E. Green

Manager, Philanthropic Services

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

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

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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Darrell Buckingham

Darrell Buckingham

Manager, Foundation & Facility Operations

Darrell is responsible for all technology and administrative functions of the CNY Philanthropy Center. He is happy to answer your questions regarding the CNY Philanthropy Center.

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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

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Grace Ghezzi Headshot
Stories February 17, 2021

'Popping The Question' About Charitable Giving: Grace Ghezzi

Hear from Grace Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®, President & Financial Consultant, Grace B. Ghezzi ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Carolyn Palmer with her sisters
Publications February 16, 2021

Carol Palmer: Local Teacher Leaves Sizeable Bequest to Support the Community

Caroline Palmer, known to her many relatives as Aunt Carol, made everyone feel special and ...

Publications February 16, 2021

Ron & Margaret Peckham: Charitable Giving: All in the Family

Ron and Margaret Peckham believe you make a living by what you get, but you ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

Man sitting in wheelchair writing
News Releases February 9, 2021

Allen Speiser Memorial Fund Accepting Applications for Grant Opportunity

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Grace Ghezzi Headshot
Stories February 17, 2021

'Popping The Question' About Charitable Giving: Grace Ghezzi

Hear from Grace Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®, President & Financial Consultant, Grace B. Ghezzi ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Carolyn Palmer with her sisters
Publications February 16, 2021

Carol Palmer: Local Teacher Leaves Sizeable Bequest to Support the Community

Caroline Palmer, known to her many relatives as Aunt Carol, made everyone feel special and ...

Publications February 16, 2021

Ron & Margaret Peckham: Charitable Giving: All in the Family

Ron and Margaret Peckham believe you make a living by what you get, but you ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

Man sitting in wheelchair writing
News Releases February 9, 2021

Allen Speiser Memorial Fund Accepting Applications for Grant Opportunity

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

News & Stories