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Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street
Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

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Contributions to funds at the Central New York Community Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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The Community Fund

Our Community Fund gives us maximum versatility to respond to the region’s most critical issues over time, whatever the future may bring. Our Community Grantmaking program, funded in large part by the Community Fund, invests in effective nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through a competitive grantmaking process. Making a contribution to the Community Fund allows you to join forces with other donors to achieve the greatest possible impact by addressing the community’s most pressing needs and exciting opportunities.

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Black Equity & Excellence Fund

The Community Foundation is committing to invest a minimum of $1 million over the next few years through a new Black Equity & Excellence funding priority. Our support will 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. Your contributions to this fund will help us do more.

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While lead paint was banned from use 40 years ago, local children are still being poisoned in their own homes at an alarming rate. This issue hits our highest poverty neighborhoods hardest, where most residents live in deteriorating housing built before 1980 and costly repairs can often exceed property values. LeadSafeCNY is a multi-year commitment to end childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse through investments in new construction, renovations, training and workforce development, community awareness, and public advocacy.

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Madison County Rural Poverty Fund

A person’s geographic location can have a major effect on their socioeconomic status and potential mobility. Lack of access to needed services, jobs and reliable transportation create significant barriers to maintaining employment and receiving healthcare. Children living in poverty are not exposed to the same learning opportunities as their wealthier counterparts and can experience lifelong effects from the disparity. The Madison County Rural Poverty Fund supports poverty-related causes in Madison County, where approximately 10 percent of the population live below the federal poverty rate.

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Strategic Partnership Fund

In an atmosphere of finite resources, nonprofits must continually seek to enhance efficiencies, decrease overhead costs or otherwise adapt in order to maintain or expand operations. The Strategic Partnership Fund supports organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits, such as mergers and affiliations, which will enable them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited financial and human resources. Our hope is that the financial support offered through the fund will enable these collaborative partnerships to prosper.

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