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Looking Forward

Fiscal Year 2015 holds new and exciting opportunities for the Community Foundation. Here is what we have in store.

Online Grant Applications

We will introduce an online grant application system into our website. This new system is designed to streamline the application process for grant applicants.

Marsellus Executive Development Program

The new Marsellus Executive Development Program will assist nonprofit executive directors in identifying strengths and weaknesses in leadership, creating a professional development plan, activating leadership development resources and tools, and making measurable progress with goals.

Imagination Library Goes City-Wide

The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) will be expanding the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to the entire City of Syracuse this year, thanks to new funding from public and private donors. The Community Foundation is a managing partner of LCOC and supporter of this innovative program that prepares young children before entering kindergarten. Read more about our literacy efforts on page 15.

Work Train Collaborative

We have partnered with the United Way of CNY, CenterState CEO and other local funders to further career pathways to low-income individuals while fulfilling the staffing needs of local employers through the Work Train Collaborative (WTC). WTC is a unique partnership, comprised of leaders from the philanthropic community, city and county government, educational institutions, business organizations, community-based organizations and workforce agencies. This partnership has the potential to help hundreds of low-income individuals find and retain jobs annually while being modeled as a best practice in collaboration with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.      

Grantee Survey

This spring, we partnered with The Center for Effective Philanthropy to survey our past grant applicants. We look forward to learning more about our nonprofit partners’ perspectives and using their feedback to better inform our future planning and decision making.

Say Yes Endowment Challenge Celebration

This fall, we will gather with many other community collaborators and Say Yes Scholars to celebrate the progress of the community campaign to raise permanent endowment funds for the Say Yes Syracuse Scholarship Endowment. We will honor SRC, Inc. for its unprecedented $5 million challenge grant in support of the scholarship promise for Syracuse City School District students.


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