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Affiliate Funds

The Community Foundation’s Affiliate Funds are field-of-interest funds governed by independent advisory groups. Each affiliate fund experienced a strong 2014 fiscal year. Combined, these funds distributed more than $100,000 in grants last year, demonstrating the strength and impact that a union of gifts can have in a community when fueled by the power of endowment.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York

The Women’s Fund of Central New YorkThe Women’s Fund awarded $23,775 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations. The Fund supports projects that improve the lives of women and girls. It also educates women about philanthropy, and engages women in creating change through collective and targeted giving. In addition, the Fund achieved a significant milestone this year — thanks to the dedicated efforts of its governance council, its endowment reached the $1 million mark. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $200,000 to programs that support, empower and promote the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.

The Future Fund of Central New York

The Future Fund is a member- driven giving circle established to involve and empower emerging philanthropists. Each year, the Future Fund’s membership votes on a specific area to support through its grantmaking. In April 2013, the Future Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to The Salvation Army’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to help homeless veterans and their families transition from emergency shelter into permanent housing. Since its inception in 2004, the Future Fund has awarded nine grants, totaling $45,000 to Central New York organizations. 

The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund

The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund, a combination of giftscontributed by the people of the Pulaski community and matching funds from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, awarded $20,700 in grants in fiscal year 2014. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations addressing community needs in the Village of Pulaski and the Town of Richland. Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has awarded more than $245,000 in grants to benefit the Pulaski community.

The Cayuga Community Fund

  The Cayuga Community Fund completed its fourth year of grantmaking by awarding $52,677 in grants to 23 organizations in Cayuga County across a diverse spectrum of focus areas. Created in 2008, the Cayuga Community Fund oversees several geographically specific charitable funds with a common purpose to provide permanent charitable dollars to local nonprofits. It has awarded more than $140,000 in grants to benefit Cayuga County charities.

Oswego County Community Foundation

In 2013, a concerned group of Oswego County residents and business leaders established the Oswego County Community Foundation (OCCF), a geographically specific fund that will provide the region’s charitable organizations with a new source of long-term philanthropic support. To assist OCCF’s fundraising efforts, the Community Foundation and the Shineman Foundation issued challenge grants that will match every dollar contributed to the fund up to $200,000.

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