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

$366M

Grants Awarded

$20.5M

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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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

Stories October 19, 2021

DAN FISHER: EVER-EVOLVING

Since completing his 35-year career at Welch Allyn, he has dedicated his time and resources ...

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Stories August 30, 2021

Robert Sarason and Jane Burkhead

We see the Community Foundation as an engine for transformative and societal change, ensuring our ...

Stories August 13, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Tamika Otis

I want Central New York to look like a place that exemplifies an overwhelming love ...

Stories August 11, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Barry Wells

"Philanthropy can address many of the issues and problems hindering our march toward forming a ...

Stories August 9, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

"Philanthropy is not just about giving out handouts (although that most certainly has its place); ...

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.

Stories July 13, 2021

Go West, Young Wyatt!

The inaugural recipient of the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund, Wyatt recently packed up ...

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 October 19, 2021

DAN FISHER: EVER-EVOLVING

Since completing his 35-year career at Welch Allyn, he has dedicated his time and resources ...

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Stories August 30, 2021

Robert Sarason and Jane Burkhead

We see the Community Foundation as an engine for transformative and societal change, ensuring our ...

Stories August 13, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Tamika Otis

I want Central New York to look like a place that exemplifies an overwhelming love ...

Stories August 11, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Barry Wells

"Philanthropy can address many of the issues and problems hindering our march toward forming a ...

Stories August 9, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

"Philanthropy is not just about giving out handouts (although that most certainly has its place); ...

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.

Stories July 13, 2021

Go West, Young Wyatt!

The inaugural recipient of the Robert and Roberta Hurd Scholarship Fund, Wyatt recently packed up ...

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 ...

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