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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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.

PHONE 315.883.5561 EMAIL Send
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.

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 The Leadership Classroom (TLC).

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
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.

PHONE 315.883.5554 EMAIL Send
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.

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
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.

PHONE 315.883.5541 EMAIL Send
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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

PHONE 315.883.5555 EMAIL Send
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Ahmeed Turner

Say Yes Syracuse Executive Director

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

PHONE 315.883.5551 EMAIL Send

News & Stories

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News Releases January 19, 2022

Grant Supports Unmet Needs of Afghan Evacuees Entering Syracuse

InterFaith Works of CNY (InterFaith Works) recently received a $65,000 community grant from the Central ...

Blogs January 17, 2022

Reflections: Communications to Advance Racial Equity

Katrina Crocker, vice president, communications explains how asset framing within our narratives can help advance ...

Downtown Cortland
News Releases January 3, 2022

Grant Opportunity Open to Cortland County Nonprofits

Nonprofit applicants are invited to submit their ‘bright idea’...

Peter A. Dunn
Publications December 15, 2021

Point of View

Giving Voice Fall 2021

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Publications December 15, 2021

New York State of Mind: Charitable Giving Implications for Out-of-state Residents and Snowbirds

For tax planning purposes, changes in residency status for snowbirds or those with dual residences ...

Building windows with art
Publications December 13, 2021

Working with CNY Arts on COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund

Giving Voice 2021: Giving Matters

Publications December 10, 2021

Hopeprint to invest in micro-neighborhood

After a series of community dialogues, Hopeprint recently launched its micro-neighborhood reinvestment strategy, which seeks ...

Publications December 9, 2021

The Bastable Family Collection

Giving Voice Fall 2021

Man in dress shirt standing outside
News Releases January 19, 2022

Grant Supports Unmet Needs of Afghan Evacuees Entering Syracuse

InterFaith Works of CNY (InterFaith Works) recently received a $65,000 community grant from the Central ...

Blogs January 17, 2022

Reflections: Communications to Advance Racial Equity

Katrina Crocker, vice president, communications explains how asset framing within our narratives can help advance ...

Downtown Cortland
News Releases January 3, 2022

Grant Opportunity Open to Cortland County Nonprofits

Nonprofit applicants are invited to submit their ‘bright idea’...

Peter A. Dunn
Publications December 15, 2021

Point of View

Giving Voice Fall 2021

hand holding growing money
Publications December 15, 2021

New York State of Mind: Charitable Giving Implications for Out-of-state Residents and Snowbirds

For tax planning purposes, changes in residency status for snowbirds or those with dual residences ...

Building windows with art
Publications December 13, 2021

Working with CNY Arts on COVID-19 Arts Impact Fund

Giving Voice 2021: Giving Matters

Publications December 10, 2021

Hopeprint to invest in micro-neighborhood

After a series of community dialogues, Hopeprint recently launched its micro-neighborhood reinvestment strategy, which seeks ...

Publications December 9, 2021

The Bastable Family Collection

Giving Voice Fall 2021

News & Stories