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We recently distributed $539,877 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through our Community Grantmaking program.

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of Our Journey

We believe that addressing structural racism and racial disparities is the first essential step towards reaching our vision for Central New York: to be a vibrant community with opportunity for everyone. But in order to partner with our community in making change in this way,...

SOMAC volunteers conducting a motor vehicle accident training

SOMAC, an organization that provides emergency medical services to Madison County residents, relies heavily on 42 licensed student volunteers from neighboring Colgate University.


Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of the Onondaga Nation and then later betrayed them, Webster Pond has outgrown its checkered past and landed on some of the best qualities of a public space: equity, care for...


For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been a vibrant organization that is fulfilling its mission to share and promote India’s rich cultural and religious heritage in the greater Syracuse area and support the community-at-large.

Group of OGs Against Violence volunteers

Clifford Ryan, a strong advocate against police brutality and racism, also fights to put an end to violence within what he calls his “village.”

Donald Trufant

Donald Trufant

Thanks to the generosity of former Cayuga County resident Donald Trufant, a $3 million scholarship fund will award annual scholarships to graduates of Auburn and Union Springs high schools.

Mary Thorpe

The Thorpes

The generosity of this brother-sister team will now carry on into perpetuity. Already it has provided meaningful grants to programs in Syracuse and surrounding communities.

The Spanfelners

The Spanfelners

Visiting Idaho and Montana every year to fish, the Spanfelners felt a strong connection to nature and sought to honor it with their field-of-interest fund.

Don Ryder

Don Ryder

Don Ryder lived a very private and quiet life in Baldwinsville, NY. But when he passed away, he left an indelible mark on our community by leaving his entire estate to benefit CNY charities.