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Collaborative Engagement with Nonprofit Partners

Giving Voice Winter 2024: Granting Matters

Our Community Investment team constantly seeks ways to engage with nonprofit partners, employing methods like pre-grant meetings, site visits and community events. Understanding their achievements, challenges, and aspirations is crucial and we’re committed to ensuring that they’re informed about grant and professional development opportunities that can propel them toward their goals.

With that being said, we recognize the importance of meeting our partners where they are, especially organizations located in rural areas like those in Madison County. It was with this in mind that we teamed up with our local funding partners to hold a Meet the Foundations event in Oneida last spring.

The open house style meet and greet was held at the Gorman Foundation Community Center in Oneida and included representatives from the Community Foundation, Gorman Foundation, Gifford Foundation, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. With 63 individuals from 47 Madison County organizations in attendance, the event was a testament to shared dedication.

It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and to meet new people doing incredible work in Madison County. Attendees savored refreshments, collected giveaway swag, engaged with local foundation staff, and most importantly, established connections with one another.

The positive feedback we’ve received about our Meet the Foundations events has been exciting and we look forward to hosting more events in Onondaga and Madison counties in the future.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING MADISON COUNTY

The Community Foundation has several grant and professional development opportunities for organizations serving Madison County:

  • Community Grant Program
  • Madison County Rural Poverty Fund
  • Staff Advancement Initiative
  • Internal Diversity, Equity & Action fund (IDEA)
  • Women’s Fund of Central New York
  • The Leadership Classroom (TLC)
  • Nonprofit Essential Workshop Series (NEWS)

More information about these opportunities can be found at cnycf.org/receive. If you would like to sign up to receive information about upcoming events and grant opportunities, please email us at info@cnycf.org.

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