Baseball players on a field

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan was deeply moved by Syracuse's poverty statistics and wanted to do something to help. He has always been a big baseball fan, so he utilized the Community Foundation to connect to a program that introduces children living in poverty to baseball.

Rita Reicher stands in her office in the AXA Towers

Rita Reicher

Feeling fortunate for all the community gave to her, Rita Reicher set out to express her gratitude through charitable giving. Rita established a donor-advised fund with us to help administer her giving.

The Pluff family at their home

The Pluffs

The Pluffs established a field-of-interest fund at the Community Foundation so that other families would have an easier time finding the support and answers they need to give their special needs children a strong start.

Marshall Nelson stands with Melanie Johnson in front of the National Grid Building

Marshall Nelson

It was Marshall Nelson's unwavering commitment towards equal opportunity and the importance of educating and mentoring the community’s minority youth that prompted the establishment of The Marshall A. Nelson Urban Scholarship Fund.

The Murphys sit in their home with their two dogs

The Murphys

Two elder generations of the Murphy family have long partnered with us to facilitate their giving. Choosing a similar path was a natural fit for Pat and Kim when they decided to get started with their charitable giving.

Eric and Judy Mower stand in Armory Square

The Mowers

The Mowers’ initial funding relationship with us came some years ago when a small number of Eric’s colleagues established a donor-advised fund here as a way of recognizing their work together.

George and Luella Krahl with their dog

The Krahls

The Krahls raised four children and now enjoy seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They have instilled their values in their children through example, serving as long-standing community volunteers and supporters for many nonprofit organizations.

The Kings

The Kings

After his military service, Russ was busy growing the family business while Jiggy was working hard at the task of raising the couple’s four children. Despite their busy lives, they both found time to give of themselves in support of a number of causes dear...

The Johnsons sitting holding a photo of their son

The Johnsons

In 2007, William Johnson's heart couldn’t keep up with the demands of his growing body and he passed away. With assistance, his parents opened the William Johnson Memorial Fund to keep his memory alive.

Gordon Hershberger

Gordon Hershberger is honoring his late wife's memory by supporting causes that were important to her. Local women fighting cancer now have an extra layer of support thanks to their passion and efforts.