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Catherine Winger

Catherine Winger had always contributed to local charities but she wanted her engagement to go beyond simply writing a check. Her career had afforded her the opportunity to live a life of service, but she longed for a deeper connection to her community by engaging...

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence Fund grantees that were named after historical figures: The William Herbert Johnson Bar Association of CNY and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company.

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Hear from Grace Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®, President & Financial Consultant, Grace B. Ghezzi Consulting, LLC., on how she “pops the question.”

Lee Gatta and Joe Redick

Lee Gatta and her husband, Joe Reddick, feel blessed by the support they have received over the years from Syracuse and Central New York. It was the community’s support that inspired them to give back by establishing a charitable giving plan through the Community Foundation....

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It is commonplace for many of us to avoid estate planning for a whole host of reasons, including avoidance or procrastination, the belief that it is strictly for older adults or those with lots of money or property, or simply because we don’t know where...

Carolyn Palmer with her sisters

Caroline Palmer, known to her many relatives as Aunt Carol, made everyone feel special and worthy of her attention. Whether it was a family member, one of her second grade students, or a friend from church, Carol was considered a person you could count on...

Ron and Margaret Peckham believe you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. Through the Peckham Family Fund, they are making a life and a legacy in Central New York.

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than what he anticipated happened. An irreplaceable fraternal bond developed that changed his life.

Man sitting in wheelchair writing

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new investments or provide additional staff training – filling in the gaps that aren't covered by government sources or other private funding. Grant applications will accepted until March 5, 2021.

Collage photos of Bob Vitkus fishing and with friends and family

When Bob Vitkus passed away last year, his estate named the Community Foundation the recipient of $10 million to support outdoor parks and recreation areas, a cause that had significant importance to him.