Black Equity & Excellence  

Our Equity & Excellence funding priority was launched in June 2020 in response to the tragedies and ensuing national conversation on race that has brought to light a common truth – that anti-Black racism is still woven into the fabric of our country. We cannot put slavery behind us because its legacy surrounds us in 400 years’ worth of oppression – it structures our schools and workplaces, economic situations and the health and living conditions that disproportionately expose so many Black Americans to COVID-19.  Read Full Announcement

While details of how the funding will be used are still under development, we expect to focus on building community dialogue, increasing the capacity of Black-led organizations that are supporting historically underserved communities, and supporting projects that counteract systemic racism.

Partner or Receive Support

Organizations wishing to partner or receive funding are asked to submit letters of intent that demonstrate efforts to address issues related to systemic racism and build racial equity. Letters may be directed to All funding decisions are subject to the approval of our board of directors.

For more information, contact Dashiell Elliott at or (315) 883-5552.

Please check back for more details as they are developed.


Donors wishing to support this effort can donate securely online now or mail check gifts to the Black Equity & Excellence Fund, c/o Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. For other giving options, contact Thomas Griffith at (315) 883-5544 or