We gratefully acknowledge the generous community-minded individuals, families and organizations that established 48 new funds at the community foundation this year. They will benefit the community now and for generations to come.

Woman smilingRowland Reading League Endowment Fund
In 1986, Pleasant Rowland founded the American Girl doll collection to inspire children to learn about history through storytelling and play. Each doll in the collection represents a different era, culture or event in American history. Rowland served as president of the Middleton, Wisconsin-based company for 15 years, until she sold the company in 1998 and founded the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation to provide funds for the arts, education and historic preservation.

With a passion for reading education, Rowland established this fund to support The Reading League to help promote knowledge to reimagine the future of literacy education. Her hope is that support from the fund will accelerate the global movement toward reading instruction rooted in science.

The Unbroken Ties Fund was established in memory of Charles Serway, a founding member of AccessCNY’s David Clark Learning Center (DCLC). The fund was created by Charles’s sister, Laura Serway, to help meet the social needs of those with acquired brain injuries. The DCLC focuses on using art and music to help individuals regain skills and recapture memories lost as a result of their injury and also gives them the opportunity to have social interaction and develop new friendships. In addition to helping the impacted individuals, DCLC also assists their family members by giving them a few hours of daily respite. The Unbroken Ties Fund helps provide art and music supplies for DCLC members, supports community outings and provides operational support for the center.

Woman smilingAnne S. Cross Fund for the Arts
The Anne S. Cross Fund for the Arts was established by Anne’s husband, John Rooney. The fund honors the work and life of Anne, a much-loved Cazenovia resident and artist. Anne wanted the arts to be available to everyone and believed that art enriched and strengthened the life of a community. The fund will continue to provide general operating support for CazArts.


Agency FUNDS
ArtRage Gallery Fund
CLRC Investment Fund
Cortland Repertory Theatre Fund
Friends of Clark Reservation Endowment Fund
Jail Ministry Fund
Jowonio School Fund
Lime Hollow Nature Center Fund
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society Endowment Fund
Skaneateles Early Childhood Center Fund
Unbroken Ties Fund for the David Clark Learning Center at AccessCNY
WCNY Sustainability Fund

Leonard Family Endowment
Candace & John Marsellus Community Fund
Anne L. Messenger Community Fund
Adelaide Louise Silvia Community Fund
Peter Zerebny Community Fund

Anne S. Cross Fund for the Arts
Hancock Estabrook Advisor Education Fund
Liverpool Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society Fund
Rowland Reading League Endowment Fund
Syracuse Corinthian Club Fund
Michele J. West Fund
Congressman George C. Wortley Fund

Anonymous #35 Fund
Dianne Apter Fund
Edward M. & Marilyn G. Campagna Fund
Elizabeth F. Clark Fund
DeBenedictis Family Fund
Peter & Tamie Derrenbacker Charitable Fund
Emmafield Fund
Jake & Maggie Feldmeier Fund
John P. L. and Cornelia Hatcher Family Fund
Joan & John Hession Charitable Giving Fund
William F. Huther Memorial Fund
Jordan NY Civic Support Fund
Richard & Barbara Knaul Fund
Knauss Family Foundation
Kohman/Smith Fund
Betty Levy Memorial Fund
Anne Meckstroth Menter Fund
John & Judy Rose Fund
Douglas G. Russell “God’s Blessing” Fund
Paul & Susan Shubmehl Fund
Ilene Siegler & Charles Edelman Family Fund
Stephen H. Simon Fund

John Winter Family Fund

Hillrom Scholarship Fund

For a full list of our funds, click here.

The donors listed in this section made their contributions between April 2021 and March 2022.