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.

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