Storytelling is a powerful act that brings values and experiences to life and often inspires greater levels of understanding and generosity. Telling your own story allows you to reflect on the meaning and impact of important events, to uncover the causes most important to you and to leave a written account of your journey that can be shared with friends and family now or after you are gone. And let’s be honest – if someone is going to tell your story, wouldn’t you rather have that someone be you?

Many people even find the process of recording their story helpful prior to deciding on the focus of their charitable giving or legacies. Oftentimes, the process uncovers passions for causes they had not yet considered. And we know that capturing stories makes our community stronger, builds pride in our region and keeps the memories of generous people alive forever.

Below, you can view some of the beautiful giving stories captured and retained by the Community Foundation over the years.

Giving Stories

Steve and Elaine Jacobs stand in front of the CNY Philanthropy Center.
Stories November 15, 2021

Steve and Elaine Jacobs: Giving from the Heart

“I realized that the people in this community were the same people who helped me ...

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.

Oneida Community Mansion House
Stories June 8, 2021

Lang and Nini Hatcher

“They were sensationally good parents,” Joe remarked. Lang and Nini will both be remembered fondly ...

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 ...

Steve and Elaine Jacobs stand in front of the CNY Philanthropy Center.
Stories November 15, 2021

Steve and Elaine Jacobs: Giving from the Heart

“I realized that the people in this community were the same people who helped me ...

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.

Oneida Community Mansion House
Stories June 8, 2021

Lang and Nini Hatcher

“They were sensationally good parents,” Joe remarked. Lang and Nini will both be remembered fondly ...

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 ...

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