Plan Now. Give Later.

Although established today, many planned gifts benefit the community after a donor’s lifetime. You do not need tremendous wealth to consider a legacy gift; whatever your financial situation, there are gift options that fit your needs.

Legacy gifts are a unique expression of generosity, oftentimes highlighting the causes and charities donors connect to most during their lifetimes. And planned gifts can offer important estate, financial and personal advantages – allowing you to give in the most effective and beneficial manner.

What’s Your Passion?

Whatever your inspiration for giving, your legacy gift is an enduring testament to the causes you hold dear. By partnering with us, you can make a difference that endures for generations to come.

We can help you determine the type of gift to leave, see the impact your gift will have, work with your professional advisors and create a custom legacy plan that captures your charitable intentions and preserves your personal giving story for future generations. Learn more about our Legacy Plan services.

There’s No Place Like Home.

When you give through the Community Foundation, you ensure that your gift stays in Central New York. Unlike private foundations, we aggregate many funds, magnifying their impact while providing maximum tax advantages and lessening administrative burdens.

As stewards of charitable legacies, this work is core to our mission and planning services are offered on a complimentary basis. No support fees apply until a fund is created.

Giving Stories

family standing at beach at sunset
Blogs July 19, 2021

Wealth Planning: Charitable Giving Across the Generations

Jan Lane, development officer, takes a look at the changing landscape of generational philanthropy.

Stories May 14, 2021

Ray and Linda Straub

By working hard and being thoughtful with their spending, the pair had everything they needed ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Donald Trufant
Stories January 8, 2021

Donald Trufant

Thanks to the generosity of former Cayuga County resident Donald Trufant, a $3 million scholarship ...

Mary Thorpe
Stories January 8, 2021

The Thorpes

The generosity of this brother-sister team will now carry on into perpetuity. Already it has ...

The Spanfelners
Stories January 8, 2021

The Spanfelners

Visiting Idaho and Montana every year to fish, the Spanfelners felt a strong connection to ...

family standing at beach at sunset
Blogs July 19, 2021

Wealth Planning: Charitable Giving Across the Generations

Jan Lane, development officer, takes a look at the changing landscape of generational philanthropy.

Stories May 14, 2021

Ray and Linda Straub

By working hard and being thoughtful with their spending, the pair had everything they needed ...

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick
Publications February 16, 2021

Lee Gatta & Joe Reddick: Community Caregivers

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received ...

Black female and male sitting at table and talking
Publications February 16, 2021

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host ...

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family
News Releases February 9, 2021

$10 Million Estate Gift From Dr. Robert J. Vitkus Will Preserve Nature for Central New Yorkers to Enjoy

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient ...

Stories January 28, 2021

Jef Sneider & Gwen Kay

Through their work in the fields of medicine and education, Jef Sneider and Gwen Kay ...

Donald Trufant
Stories January 8, 2021

Donald Trufant

Thanks to the generosity of former Cayuga County resident Donald Trufant, a $3 million scholarship ...

Mary Thorpe
Stories January 8, 2021

The Thorpes

The generosity of this brother-sister team will now carry on into perpetuity. Already it has ...

The Spanfelners
Stories January 8, 2021

The Spanfelners

Visiting Idaho and Montana every year to fish, the Spanfelners felt a strong connection to ...

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