Man and woman stand together

The Community Foundation’s 5forCNY initiative, which invites community members to give back to the region by setting aside a portion of their assets for Central New York charities, immediately resonated with Michael and Susan Meath.

Debbie & Harvey Kliman

Despite two very different upbringings, Harvey and Debbie Kliman developed similar values around giving. Harvey, the youngest of four boys, grew up in Boston, MA.His parents, who immigrated to the United States from Western Ukraine, maintained an Orthodox Jewish household and made a living in...

Erie Canal

John Winter's legacy as a devoted father, philanthropist, and advocate for marginalized communities lives on. We are honored to be the stewards of his charitable intentions and to continue his mission of making a positive difference in the lives of children.

Group of women standing on stairs of chapel

Giving Voice Spring 2023: Donor Story

Woman standing in front of statue

Gwen's parents grew up in the Jim Crow South and met while studying at North Carolina A&T, a historically Black college and university. Her father entered a segregated Army and her mother was a teacher. It is this keen awareness of the sacrifices and triumphs...

Headshot of Rhoda Sikes along with a photo of Onondaga Lake

Even well after her tenure ended at Heman Street Elementary School, Rhoda Sike's passion for teaching never wavered and she found a way to continue making an impact on students.

Pamela Monaco sitting with her dog

It was an “a-ha” moment for Pamela Kip Reisman Monaco when she read another woman’s story of leaving a planned gift to the Community Foundation.

Angel Winfield and Lance Lyons stand in front of the Rev Theatre Company in Auburn

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Donor Story

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Cover Story

Jeff Knauss sits with his wife, son and daughter on an outdoor couch on a porch

Jeff Knauss gives because “it’s the right thing to do—period.” He strives to continue making a bigger impact in our community by contributing to its greater good.