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Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism.

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This is the first time Resilia’s cutting edge training has been offered in the Central New York community.

Minister Mark D. Muhammad, Ed.D. tells his personal story of struggles growing up in Syracuse and how serving as a member of the Black Equity & Excellence Fund Advisory Committee is helping him to make a difference.

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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.

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"As a community leader, I need to ensure that my voice is present and that I bring some of the issues of the voiceless to the table for the betterment of our community."

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in a display of cultural recognition and social dialogue. Without the phenomenal work of Juneteenth Inc., the festival would not have touched as many hearts as it did.

"My hope is that more people are drawn to Central New York because of an expanding arts and culture scene. I believe a bright future for CNY is one that is invested in telling the stories of the people of this region and our connection...

Monica Merante explains why we are capturing new data on our donors to help improve our equity efforts going forward.

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"I am obligated to be a leader and philanthropist who leverages every resource she has to ensure Black people have access and the opportunity to become all they desire to be."

Kimberly Sadowski, senior vice president & chief financial officer, walks us through how the Community Foundation is working to encourage diversity and belonging in the workplace.