Peter A. Dunn

PETER A. DUNN

President & CEO

Peter welcomes all questions you may have regarding the Community Foundation and its services.

PHONE 315.883.5530 EMAIL Send

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.

PHONE 315.883.5542 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.

PHONE 315.883.5547 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
Danielle Johnson Danielle Johnson stands on mountain with her family

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.

PHONE 315.883.5553 EMAIL Send

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
Profile photo not available.

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

Headshot of Kymberle Benderski

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.

PHONE 315.883.5555 EMAIL Send
Headshot of Ahmeed Turner

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.

PHONE 315.883.5551 EMAIL Send

News & Stories

hand holding growing money
Publications June 23, 2022

SPOTLIGHT ON: CHRISTOPHER HOYT, JD 

In anticipation of Professor Hoyt’s upcoming appearance in October, we’re sharing a few teasers from ...

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2022

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $84,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund has announced its 2022 grant recipients.

Blind Sport Expo participant lunges with encouragement from teacher
Blogs June 22, 2022

Upstate Foundation's "Blind Sport Expo" Receives $15,000

It’s common to see adults with visual or physical impairments engaging in adaptive recreational activities, ...

News Releases June 18, 2022

LeadSafeCNY: A Look at our Neighborhood Investments

A new heat map demonstrates the impact of our neighborhood investments so far through the ...

Interfaith Works Logo
Blogs June 15, 2022

Interfaith Works Recieves $35,000 to Meet Community Needs

Interfaith Works has received $35,000 to assist low-income, older adults in the waning stages of ...

Blogs June 11, 2022

Reflections: Cultivating Diversity in the Workplace

Kimberly Sadowski, senior vice president & chief financial officer, walks us through how the Community ...

girl studying on laptop in study area at school
News Releases June 2, 2022

Say Yes Syracuse Report Card Released

View Say Yes Syracuse's latest Report Card to see how we are doing.

Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

Black Equity and Excellence: Nikki R. Jones

Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

Peter A. Dunn
Publications May 19, 2022

Point of View

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Point of View

hand holding growing money
Publications June 23, 2022

SPOTLIGHT ON: CHRISTOPHER HOYT, JD 

In anticipation of Professor Hoyt’s upcoming appearance in October, we’re sharing a few teasers from ...

Cayuga Community Fund Logo
News Releases June 23, 2022

Cayuga Fund Distributes More than $84,000 in Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund has announced its 2022 grant recipients.

Blind Sport Expo participant lunges with encouragement from teacher
Blogs June 22, 2022

Upstate Foundation's "Blind Sport Expo" Receives $15,000

It’s common to see adults with visual or physical impairments engaging in adaptive recreational activities, ...

News Releases June 18, 2022

LeadSafeCNY: A Look at our Neighborhood Investments

A new heat map demonstrates the impact of our neighborhood investments so far through the ...

Interfaith Works Logo
Blogs June 15, 2022

Interfaith Works Recieves $35,000 to Meet Community Needs

Interfaith Works has received $35,000 to assist low-income, older adults in the waning stages of ...

Blogs June 11, 2022

Reflections: Cultivating Diversity in the Workplace

Kimberly Sadowski, senior vice president & chief financial officer, walks us through how the Community ...

girl studying on laptop in study area at school
News Releases June 2, 2022

Say Yes Syracuse Report Card Released

View Say Yes Syracuse's latest Report Card to see how we are doing.

Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

Black Equity and Excellence: Nikki R. Jones

Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

Peter A. Dunn
Publications May 19, 2022

Point of View

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Point of View

News & Stories