For more than 90 years, we have been called upon to serve in a significant leadership role in the five-county region of Central New York by addressing the community’s most pressing needs as they evolve, encouraging unprecedented innovation and collaboration, and helping generous residents support the causes they care about, now and in the future.

We are your community foundation.

Year Founded

1927

Total Assets

$399M

Grants Awarded

$18.1M

How We Get Results

By combining the experience and networks of multiple funders and community partners, we are able to tackle new problems that arise, such as the COVID-19 crisis; address issues that require new approaches, such as childhood lead poisoning; or help entire communities, such as adult learners. We channel more resources, expertise, and attention when we work together with our funder, academic, nonprofit and community member colleagues, making our efforts exponentially more effective.

Our work goes hand-in-hand with the work of local city and county governments. Our grants support new projects that government can then expand, help communicate program results to residents or provide the flexibility that leverages larger government resources. In addition, often systematic change can only be achieved through efforts to change or establish new public policies or programs. Our policy advocacy for lead poisoning reform in Syracuse promises to yield lasting improvements.

None of our grant objectives can be achieved without a vital nonprofit sector. Our capacity building efforts have included creating synergies in and between nonprofits to enhance program delivery, training mid-level managers for leadership positions, and improving data measurement to help organizations track their efforts.

Our grants and programs help nonprofits continuously improve the services they provide local residents. By supporting new approaches to education, employment, or human services—and rigorous assessments of the outcomes—our grants contribute to the collective knowledge of what works and what does not.

Impact Highlights

Safe Housing

Unsafe housing, especially where lead poisoning is involved, comes at a cost paid by all of us. The resulting health complications undermine community efforts to increase literacy rates, encourage high school completion and foster successful careers.

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Poverty & Economic Development

While our community is facing some of the highest concentrated poverty rates in the nation, much is being done to bring opportunities and new hope to our region’s residents, paving new paths for the benefit of current and future generations.

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Nonprofit Effectiveness

Equipping the region’s nonprofits with the tools and know-how to manage healthy operations and impactful programs helps them to accomplish their missions and serve the community in the most effective way possible.

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Education & Opportunity

Access to a quality education is a foundational value that addresses numerous community challenges – from poverty and unemployment to kindergarten readiness and healthcare outcomes.

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Mercy Works

Crisis Response

When a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic hits, we are not going to do less as a community because of uncertainty; we are going to do more, because our neighbors need us.

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Community Investment Stories

Publications May 19, 2022

Aligning Charitable Investments with Values

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Giving Matters

Bob Vitkus stands outside
Stories April 5, 2022

Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today in Action

Dr. Robert J. Vitkus adored the outdoors, and Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today seeks to continue his ...

Betty and Ted Stark sit in their home
Stories March 30, 2022

Dunbar Disney Dreams: Creating Impact and Opportunity for Syracuse Students

As Betty and Ted Stark believed, this trip had a deeper impact than just visiting ...

Stories March 11, 2022

John and Maren King: Giving in Action

The King Family Springdale Fund honors our family’s history and supports educational programs, the arts, ...

Corinthian Club members
Publications March 9, 2022

The Corinthian Club: A Legacy of Friendship and Progress

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Donor Story

Stories January 31, 2022

Mayor Anthony Henninger | Syracuse Legend

Despite never attending college himself, his dedication to education and the improvement of local school ...

Stories January 21, 2022

Cortland Repertory Theatre: The Show Must Go On!

With the Community Foundation’s stewardship, the theatre’s new agency fund will provide crucial funding to ...

George Wortley
Publications January 20, 2022

From Newspaper Publisher to Congressman, George Wortley was a Man for the People

George listened to each constituent and valued their time. He appreciated talent whether it was ...

Publications December 9, 2021

The Bastable Family Collection

Giving Voice Fall 2021: Cover Story

Publications May 19, 2022

Aligning Charitable Investments with Values

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Giving Matters

Bob Vitkus stands outside
Stories April 5, 2022

Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today in Action

Dr. Robert J. Vitkus adored the outdoors, and Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today seeks to continue his ...

Betty and Ted Stark sit in their home
Stories March 30, 2022

Dunbar Disney Dreams: Creating Impact and Opportunity for Syracuse Students

As Betty and Ted Stark believed, this trip had a deeper impact than just visiting ...

Stories March 11, 2022

John and Maren King: Giving in Action

The King Family Springdale Fund honors our family’s history and supports educational programs, the arts, ...

Corinthian Club members
Publications March 9, 2022

The Corinthian Club: A Legacy of Friendship and Progress

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Donor Story

Stories January 31, 2022

Mayor Anthony Henninger | Syracuse Legend

Despite never attending college himself, his dedication to education and the improvement of local school ...

Stories January 21, 2022

Cortland Repertory Theatre: The Show Must Go On!

With the Community Foundation’s stewardship, the theatre’s new agency fund will provide crucial funding to ...

George Wortley
Publications January 20, 2022

From Newspaper Publisher to Congressman, George Wortley was a Man for the People

George listened to each constituent and valued their time. He appreciated talent whether it was ...

Publications December 9, 2021

The Bastable Family Collection

Giving Voice Fall 2021: Cover Story

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