Giving Voice Fall 2021

Steve and Elaine Jacobs stand in front of the CNY Philanthropy Center.

“I realized that the people in this community were the same people who helped me build the business and become financially successful, therefore I knew I needed to give back to the community that helped me so much.”

Since completing his 35-year career at Welch Allyn, he has dedicated his time and resources to his growing family (grandchildren!) and improving the Central New York community.

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your health. Hope is how we all begin to fill that safety net.”

We see the Community Foundation as an engine for transformative and societal change, ensuring our support will help future generations thrive.

I want Central New York to look like a place that exemplifies an overwhelming love of humans; that we honor one another’s suffering even if we don’t understand it.

"Philanthropy can address many of the issues and problems hindering our march toward forming a more perfect union."

"Philanthropy is not just about giving out handouts (although that most certainly has its place); but is also about teaching the fish how to swim in, so to speak, to effect generational upward socioeconomic mobility."

family standing at beach at sunset

Jan Lane, development officer, takes a look at the changing landscape of generational philanthropy.

The inaugural recipient of the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund, Wyatt recently packed up his Subaru with his girlfriend and headed to Seattle with their three hamsters, Tulip, Hotchie and Motchie, to start his career.