Donors who understand the importance of a permanent community endowment have trusted the Community Foundation to carefully manage and distribute their charitable fund for generations. Too often in the past, generous gifts entrusted to the Central New York Community Foundation have gone unrecognized because they came at the end of a donor’s life. The Legacy Society provides a way to recognize and honor those individuals who plan to benefit the Community Foundation through their wills, qualified retirement plans, life insurance policies, trusts or pooled life income fund gifts. We thank them and appreciate their generosity and thoughtfulness.

If you would like to join this tradition of extraordinary generosity, please let us know so you can be recognized. We would be pleased to provide you with information necessary to make an informed giving decision.

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If you are interested in learning more about making a Legacy gift, we invite you to contact us.

Members of our Legacy Society

As of December 31, 2020

  • Anonymous (88)
  • Lester C. Allen
  • Eugene G. Armani
  • Pamela V. Ashmead
  • Annette Lindemer Becker
  • Ronald & Carole Beckman
  • Annette & Lee Benson
  • Catherine Bertini
  • Patricia+ & Walter Blackler
  • Steven Blind
  • Vicki Brackens
  • William V. Brennan
  • Thomas A. Brisk+ & Gerald M. Mager
  • Harold Bristol
  • Phillip+ & Helen Buck
  • Minna R. Buck
  • Alicia & Dick Calagiovanni
  • Anne M. Carnicelli
  • Kathleen A. Carpenter
  • James Casasanta & Catherine Casasanta
  • John G. Chomyk
  • Sylvia & William Cohen
  • Marilyn F. Crosby
  • Michael & Elaine Crough
  • Bob & Joan Derrenbacker
  • Peter J. Emerson
  • Paul M. Engle
  • Timothy & Kaye Fenlon
  • Ralph Ferrara
  • Dorris A. Fox
  • Marc B. Fried
  • Ian Gallacher & Julia McKinstry
  • Lee M. Gatta & Joe Reddick
  • Barbara W. Genton
  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock
  • Mr.+ & Mrs. Burnett D. Haylor
  • William & Sandra Hemmerlein
  • Bernie G. Henderson
  • Linda L. Henley
  • Patricia A. Hoffman
  • Alexander+ & Charlotte Holstein
  • Joyce Day Homan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Hood
  • Dr. Peter & Mary Huntington
  • Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash
  • Elaine & Steven L. Jacobs
  • Elspeth J.C. Kerr
  • Mrs. Sally Kimball
  • Kathleen & James Kinsey
  • Jesse Kline
  • Marie M. Klossner
  • Mr. & Mrs. John H. Koerner
  • George & Luella Krahl
  • Jim & Harriet Keysor LeChander
  • Martha Leopold
  • H. Richard Levy
  • Zalie & Bob Linn
  • Anne Gilmour Lloyd
  • James E. Mackin, Esq.
  • Candace & John Marsellus
  • Jim & Ruth Marshall
  • Henry & Donna McIntosh
  • Gail M. McIntyre
  • Elisa Mescon
  • Anne L. Messenger
  • Joan M. Miller
  • Allan H. & Helen C. Miskell
  • Pamela Kip Reisman Monaco
  • Pauline M. Monz
  • Stephen W. Moyer
  • Mr. & Mrs. John J. Murphy, III
  • Janet P. & Richard W. Newman
  • Kathryn Nickerson
  • Martin Nolan
  • Theodore H. & Mary-Pat Northrup
  • James A. O’Connor
  • Margaret G. Ogden
  • Mary Pat Oliker
  • Margaret & Ron Peckham
  • Steve Pekich
  • Eileen B. Phillips
  • Richard B. & Neva S. Pilgrim
  • J. Daniel Pluff
  • William G. Pomeroy
  • Lucinda Porter
  • Mr. & Mrs.+ William W. Porter
  • Marcia & James Quigley
  • Constance M. Quinn
  • Jon L.+ & Joyce P. Regier
  • Roger & Maggie Reid
  • Nicholas & Agnes+ Renzi
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jeff & Rachel Roney
  • Jodi & Jeff Rowe
  • Jeffrey Rubenstein
  • Mr. Douglas G. Russell, LUTCF, CLU
  • Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead
  • Dr. Robert G. Sargent
  • Phyllis Hotchkiss Schwartz
  • Bonnie & Richard+ Scolaro
  • Karen R. Seymour
  • Pauline J. Sharp
  • Rhoda Sikes
  • Stephen H. Simon
  • Betsy-Ann N. Stone
  • Celestine & John Thompson
  • Charles+ & Cynthia G. Tracy
  • Howard C. Tupper
  • John S. Tuttle
  • Sandra L. Van Epps
  • Dr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Welch
  • Elizabeth K. Welch
  • Franklin & Diane+ Wheelock
  • Linda Verni Williams
  • Catherine J. Winger
  • Mr. & Mrs. J. Warren Young

* Passed away after December 31, 2020
+ Deceased member of a Legacy couple

Giving Stories

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

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 ...

Don Ryder
Stories January 8, 2021

Don Ryder

Don Ryder lived a very private and quiet life in Baldwinsville, NY. But when he ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go ...

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 ...

Don Ryder
Stories January 8, 2021

Don Ryder

Don Ryder lived a very private and quiet life in Baldwinsville, NY. But when he ...

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