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Giving Voice Spring 2022: Cover Story

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense of understanding and comradery.

Black Media Mogul Maker attendant

Central New York is bursting with creativity; Black Media Mogul Maker seeks to amplify its potential.

NyShaun’s passion pours into my healthcare advocate vocation at all levels.

My mom taught me to value education and she always encouraged my siblings and me to take the baton to the next step.

As the manager of Neighborhood Economic Development for Centerstate CEO, I have a front-row seat to witness the making of Black history in Central New York.

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The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. Fourteen grants were distributed, totaling $248,000. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally enhanced videos and marketing of various initiatives.

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, in April and July, two high-quality, main stage productions that were recorded and streamed.

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become assets and lessens the ability for scars to become triggers.