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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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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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

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

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

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Video Playback: Lunch & Learn | May 2021

In this session, we featured advisors who spoke about philanthropy and the role that professional ...

Library assistant holds a fogging sanitizer.
Stories May 7, 2021

Fogging Sanitizers at Madison County Libraries Save Time and Money

“I love that today’s libraries have items that are a little out of the ordinary,” ...

Men standing outside gardening
Stories May 4, 2021

Using Job Training and Certification to Reduce Poverty

The fight to end the generational poverty in our community is ongoing. Fortunately, there are ...

award on desk
News Releases April 30, 2021

Community Foundation Awarded Nonprofit of the Year Award

We were recently honored with Centerstate CEO's Nonprofit of the Year Award.

Collage of Community Leaders
Topics April 26, 2021

Community Voices: Looking Forward After the Derek Chauvin Verdict

This is not a time to celebrate, but to collaborate. We asked local leaders where ...

News Releases April 19, 2021

Grant Opportunities Available for Projects that Support Women and Girls

The Women’s Fund will award up to eight $5,000 grants to support programs and ideas ...

News Releases April 13, 2021

Community Foundation Announces Promotions

Danielle Johnson and Jenny Green have been promoted!

Women cooking in kitchen wearing masks
News Releases April 12, 2021

$378,850 in Grants Will Support Local Organizations

The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $203,850 in Community Grants and $175,000 in ...

News Releases April 12, 2021

Speiser Fund Announces Grant Recipients

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund awarded $4,200 to local nonprofit projects meeting a ...

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