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The Year in Review

The Community Foundation’s accomplishments this year demonstrate our commitment to positively impact Central New York through community connections.

Establishment of Oswego County Community Foundation (OCCF)

Leave a Legacy® Oswego County collaborated with local community members and business leaders to establish OCCF, an endowment fund comprised of a collection of gifts for the benefit of Oswego County communities. The Community Foundation and the Shineman Foundation pledged a total of $200,000 in matching dollars to assist with OCCF’s initial fundraising efforts.

Say Yes to Education Scholarship Support Renewed

We renewed our support of the Say Yes scholarship promise by awarding an additional $1 million grant over the next five years to support college tuition expenses for graduating students of the Syracuse City School District. The Say Yes Scholarship Endowment at the Community Foundation continues building to sustain future scholarship awards.

Philanthropy Center Achieves LEED® Certification

The Central New York Philanthropy Center was awarded LEED® Certification for implementing sustainable practices during renovations and incorporating features that limit water and energy use, as well as maximize indoor air quality.

Professional Advisor Council Launched

We launched a Professional Advisor Council (PAC), a network of expert Central New York professional advisors who have volunteered to work together with our staff and board to improve philanthropic knowledge and networking opportunities. 

Community Asset Growth

We received more than $23 million in new contributions during the 2014 fiscal year. These new funds, coupled with a positive return on our investments, helped us achieve the highest total asset level in our history. Total assets increased from almost $144 million to more than $172 million as of March 31, 2014. See page 18 for descriptions of this year’s new named funds. More detailed financial information can be found on page 36.     

Grants Distributed

More than $9.2 million in grants were distributed among more than 900 nonprofit organizations in the areas of Arts, Culture & Humanities, Economic Development, Education, Environment & Animals and Human Services. This is an increase of almost $1 million over the previous fiscal year. More information about the grants allocated through our community grants process can be found starting on page 5. 

Completion of Second Performance Management Learning Community

Our second Performance Management Learning Community, comprised of nine new organizations and three past participants, met over the course of the year to share lessons learned while implementing programs to measure their effectiveness. Organizations stated that they are now better able to demonstrate how their activities are making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Donor Survey Conducted

We conducted a Donor Perception Survey through The Center for Effective Philanthropy. Our donors responded at a higher rate than is typical for this survey on a national level. The results demonstrated confidence in the Community Foundation’s donor service and stewardship efforts. To hear more about the survey results, contact Monica at MMerante@cnycf.org or 422-9538.

#GivingTuesdayCNY Brings Attention to Causes

On Giving Tuesday, a national movement created to bring exposure to charitable giving during a consumer-driven season, we collected more than 5,000 votes via social media to award a $5,000 grant to a Central New York nonprofit. Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in DeWitt won with more than 500 votes! To learn more about the competition and our winner, visit page 33.

Nonprofit Education Workshop Series Successes

We expanded our Nonprofit Essentials Workshop Series (NEWS) program by partnering with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs to offer a new series of topics on nonprofit management. NEWS delivers half-day workshops designed to help Central New York nonprofit leaders gain additional skills and knowledge to build their nonprofits’ capacity. 

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