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New Funds 


 Community Funds


Daniel & Jeanne Schwartz Fund

Dan and Jeanne Schwartz were mainstays in the Village of Elbridge, where they lived for more than 60 years. Dan served as administrative assistant for business at Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, where Jeanne also served as the District’s first art teacher. The couple was very involved in their community, having co-authored two books about the Village — A Stroll Along Main Street and A Stroll Through Time. Jeanne served as Elbridge’s local historian. In addition, both were very civically minded, volunteering their time for a number of local organizations that contributed to the region’s culture and vibrancy. After their passing, the remainder of a trust established this fund, which will serve as a reminder to future generations that they cared deeply about the community and its people.  

Field-of-Interest Funds 


Harry and Helen Barnes Jewell Fund

Mary Jewell Mathews created this fund in honor of her parents to support the welfare of children and the protection of animals. This fund has a special emphasis on preventing child abuse; supporting children who have been victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse; or projects that prevent animal abuse or handle the care and treatment of its victims.



Oswego County Community Foundation

The Oswego County Community Foundation is a philanthropic initiative to attract and retain permanent charitable dollars for the benefit of Oswego County. This charitable endowment will serve as a collection of gifts from many donors who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in this region. It will award grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the residents of Oswego County.



The SETH Project Foundation Fund

The SETH Project (Supporting Everyone That’s Hurting) was formed by David and Laurie Ann Marrano-Johnson following the death of their son Seth. Seth was 28 years old and suffered with severe mental illness as he struggled with his own life history of abuse and drug addiction. From this very personal and family experience, David and Laurie established The SETH Project to assist other children and families who are also hurting by providing assistance to professionals, caregivers and clients.



Syracuse Beautification Fund

The Syracuse Beautification Fund was established through the Connective Corridor, a collaboration between Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County focused on urban revitalization and civic entrepreneurship. This fund will help maintain and enhance public parks and public spaces in the Connective Corridor district.

Designated funds


Dr. William R. Clark, Jr. Fund

Dr. William Clark became a well-respected Syracuse-based surgeon and health care professional after completing his Yale University and Boston University School of Medicine studies in the 1970s. While serving as a U.S. Army flight surgeon, Dr. Clark cared for American troops in Korea while also establishing an orphanage for area children in need. After he completed his service, he served as Professor of Surgery in clinical practice at SUNY Upstate Medical University for 20 years. He founded and directed the Clark Burn Center at University Hospital and worked tirelessly to promote burn prevention and education in the community. When Dr. Clark passed away, his charitable remainder trust established this fund to perpetually support three of his favorite organizations — Syracuse Stage, Frederic Remington Art Museum and Sonnenberg Gardens.



Central Square Redman Athletic Boosters Fund

After deciding to wind down its operations, the trustees of the Central Square Redman Athletic Boosters established this fund with the remainder of its assets to carry forth its mission. The fund will be used to assist Central Square School District students in participating in and enjoying interscholastic athletic programs. Financial support will be given to low-income students with great potential who would benefit from attending athletic enrichment programs such as instructional sports camps. 



Tracy L. Haylor Memorial Fund

While growing up in Central New York, Tracy Haylor loved swimming, playing outdoors and enjoying the summers. During her younger years, she spent many hours playing with fabric to create outfits for her dolls. She always loved textiles. Over the years, she honed her artistic skills in drawing and painting and won awards for her work throughout high school. In college, she discovered weaving, spinning and fibers and started working with the medium she fell in love with as a young girl. After college, she worked with children to share her love of fibers with them. Tracy passed away in 2006 but her love of fibers and handmade fine crafts will live on through this generous gift. This fund will honor artistic excellence and high levels of craftsmanship among young artists, with a particular preference for students participating in the Scholastic Arts competition in the areas of fine crafts such as textiles, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and mixed media.



Matthew House – Emerson Fund

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation established this fund to perpetually support Matthew House, an Auburn-based nondenominational home that serves people in Cayuga County and surrounding areas who are terminally ill and can no longer remain in their homes. It provides a caring, homelike setting for those in their final days of life, while offering support and comfort to their loved ones.

Nonprofit Agency Funds


Parks & Recreation Council of Skaneateles Endowment Fund

The Parks & Recreation Council of Skaneateles established this fund to support its long-term goals to implement improvements to public parks in the Skaneateles community.

Scholarship Funds


Jeff Iannuzzo Memorial Karate Scholarship Fund

Brothers Rick and Jeff Iannuzzo dedicated their lives to martial arts. After Rick opened the Iannuzzo Black Belt Academy, his brother joined him to help build the school’s reputation as a premier karate institute in Central New York. In 2007, while traveling through Pennsylvania for his job, Jeff was killed in a tragic automobile accident at age 39. The memorial fund that bears his name will provide scholarships for students of Iannuzzo Black Belt Academy. Funding will support tuition and expenses associated with their attendance at an accredited college or university, with a preference for those who are involved in community service and who demonstrate the values and principles set forth by the Academy.



Joan B. Nowicki Music Scholarship Fund

To honor her lifelong engagement with the Westhill School District, first as a student and then as a music teacher for 32 years, Joan Nowicki established this fund to support students who have shown exceptional talent and commitment in music. This fund will award an annual scholarship in support of college tuition and expenses to a Westhill High School senior who plans to major or minor in music or a music-related field.



KeyBank Say Yes STEM Scholarship Fund

The KeyBank Foundation established this fund to provide scholarship awards to Say Yes to Education graduating students of the Syracuse City School District. KeyBank STEM Scholars will receive tuition and expenses support associated with their attendance at a SUNY or CUNY college or university to study majors in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). 



Southern Cayuga Scholarship Fund

The Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation in Aurora was founded on the belief that all of the school district’s graduates deserve the opportunity to continue their education and that costs should not limit the pursuit of their dreams. The foundation’s goal is to solicit donations from the community in order to make as many financial awards as possible to support worthy district students who wish to pursue further education or training. The Southern Cayuga Scholarship Foundation considers applications from Southern Cayuga seniors as well as past district award recipients seeking financial support to continue their undergraduate college studies. In addition, applications from non-traditional students, such as adult district graduates returning to school or entering specialized training programs are also welcome.  

Special Project Funds


Human Services Leadership Council Fund 

This fund was established to support the operations of the Human Leadership Council of Central New York, an association of agency directors that represent more than seventy human service organizations with varying missions, united in concern for the general well-being of people in Central New York. Its membership aims to build the capacity of these agencies to better respond to ever-changing needs of individuals and families. 



Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent

Carrie Lazarus, news anchor for Channel 9 WSYR, established this fund to support performing arts students in Central New York. The fund helps musicians, singers and dancers with financial need reach their fullest potential by funding the expenses of lessons, instruments and other special opportunities.

Donor-Advised Funds


Stephanie Baron Memorial Fund

Stephanie (Pookie) Baron was a graduate of Westhill High School and a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University. Her high-spirited personality made her the kind of young woman that anyone would be proud to call daughter, sister and friend. Before she passed away, she had forged an 18-year path of laughter, compassion and generosity which continued even in death as an organ donor. Stephanie’s family will be using this fund to support organizations that honor her memory.



Ben & Cate Clark Fund

Ben and Cate Clark reside in New York’s Capital Region, having moved there from Boston in 2010 so they could raise their children in Upstate New York.  This fund was established to assist the Clarks in contributing to Upstate New York organizations and causes they support.  



Corey A. Hill Memorial Foundation

At age 33, Corey Hill passed away while he was helping a friend in need. He was a life resident of the Syracuse area, attending Syracuse public schools and graduating from Nottingham High School in 1999, where he played on the baseball team. He was a longtime employee at Sam’s Club on Erie Blvd., where he received an Iron Man Award in appreciation for his service. Corey was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and the New York Yankees. Corey also enjoyed spending his Fourth of Julys in Clayton, NY and being with his family and friends. Those same friends and family members established this fund to support a variety of endeavors in his memory for years to come. 



Gail M. Kinsella Fund

A dear friend of Gail Kinsella, who knew how fervently she believed in the importance of strengthening and supporting the community, established this fund in her honor as a birthday gift. Gail embraced this fund and now enjoys sharing the experience with her son. Gail and her son plan to make grants towards organizations that emphasize collaboration and innovation, particularly with respect to safety net services. Gail’s fondest wish for the fund would be to see it encourage others who are also interested in community philanthropy to give back.



Kimberly A. & Patrick R. Murphy Fund

Patrick and Kimberly Murphy opened this fund to ensure that they would be able to support their community and the causes that are important to them now and in the future. Their areas of interest for grantmaking will focus on education, public health and social services for those in need. The Murphys are grateful to be part of the third generation in their family to establish a fund at the Community Foundation and hope to be able to carry on the tradition of giving back to the Syracuse community.



Rhapsody in Green Fund

Andrew Carnegie famously advised, “…to consider all surplus revenues… simply as trust funds, which he has strictly bound as a matter of duty to administer in the manner which, in his judgment, is best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community.” SUNY Upstate Medical University faculty members Harold L. Husovsky and Susan E. Stred established this fund to streamline the pursuit of Mr. Carnegie’s wisdom. The fund will champion local music organizations and scholarship programs, in addition to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, as well as national and international charities that Sue and Hal support.



Dan, Kathy & Elizabeth Ruscitto Family Fund

With a strong affinity to this community, the Ruscitto family decided they wanted to share back some of their good fortune. The Ruscittos established this fund to support causes that focus on the basic needs of children — including food and shelter — disaster relief, health care and animal rescue. The Ruscittos enjoy coming together to contribute ideas and make decisions on distributing grants to causes important to them.



Schiro Family Fund

The Schiros established this fund to support the needs of less fortunate individuals and families in the Syracuse community. Matt serves on the board of directors of Elmcrest Children’s Center and the Ronald McDonald House and Sue was a practicing speech therapist within three school districts. These experiences opened their eyes to how necessary support for these types of organizations is for giving a hand up to families. The Schiros feel grateful for what they have and hope to involve their children through the process as their fund grows.



Patrick Wiese Foundation

Even though he was a standout high school athlete in three sports, it was no surprise to those that knew him when Patrick Wiese made the commitment to pursue his first love: Baseball. He accepted an offer from Le Moyne College and began his life as a Dolphin. Wiese played each and every game with gusto, skill and joy. Then, after sleepless nights with excruciating knee pain, he sought an MRI. The results came out of left field. Wiese was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. He is attacking physical therapy and chemotherapy as he would a pitcher with a great fastball. Patrick and his teammates established this fund to support cancer research, physical support for cancer patients as well as academic needs of patients who received their diagnosis while still pursuing an education.


Donors established the following additional donor-advised funds to increase their charitable impact and simplify giving:

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Bella Via Fund

James Clark & Yasmine Iliya Fund

Cregg Family Giving Fund

DeBenedictis Fund

DMC Memorial Fund

Hornstein Family Fund

LMC Fund

Harry & Mary Morton Fund

Peckham Family Fund

Saint Matthias Society Fund

TW Fund


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