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Designated Funds

Designated Funds are established by donors to support one or more of their favorite nonprofit organizations. Many organizations receive crucial annual support from these funds.

The information listed below is as-of March 31, 2018. 

    Aloha Fund


  American Agriculturist Speakers Fund
The American Agriculturist Speakers Fund supports the expenses of hosting keynote and panelist speakers at the NYS Agricultural Society’s Annual Forum. This is the largest statewide agricultural meeting, bringing together all sectors of the food system to explore topics critical to the future of New York agriculture. In 1935, The American Agriculturist magazine created the American Agriculturist Foundation, which for 80 years has made strategic investments to qualified organizations to strengthen the Northeastern U.S. agriculture industry.
 

      


Anonymous #26 Fund

  Susan Atseff Fund
In memory of Susan Atseff, family and friends began this fund to construct and assure the ongoing maintenance of the pocket park at Salt Springs Road and East Genesee Street.
    Elaine Baygan Fund
When Elaine Baygan, a resident of New York City, passed away at the age of 88,her charitable gift annuity established this fund to provide annual support to theInstitute of Noetic Sciences.
 
    Dr. Gerald S. Bers Memorial Fund
Dr. Gerald S. Bers was a Cooperstown dentist whose family established this fund to continue his support of the Cooperstown Boy Scout Troop 1254.
 
  Blessed Sacrament School Scholarship
This fund was established by Blessed Sacrament Church parishioners to provide scholarship assistance to families with children attending Blessed Sacrament School. 

    Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse Endowment Fund
The Boys & Girls Club receives annual contributions from this fund established by a supportive donor.
 
    William T. & Ruth S. Bradner Fund 



  Melvin E. Brown Fund

  George J. & Kathryn H. Buchholtz Fund
Mrs. Buchholtz maintained a donor-advised fund during her lifetime. Upon her death it became a designated fund that benefits the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse.
    Rocco Bufano Scholarship Fund of Konosioni Lodge #950
In 1994, this Masonic lodge continued its long history of charitable fundraising by establishing this fund, which provides annual scholarships to worthy Fowler High School graduates and perpetuates the ideals of faith, hope and charity in the fraternity’s name.

    Jane Burkhead & Robert S. Sarason Fund
This fund was established by Jane and Robert to provide perpetual support to three local charities. Funding is being provided during their lifetime to ensure that their financial support of favored charities does not end when they are gone.

    BWG's Rainbow Fund

    Dorothy Calingaert Fund
Created in 2008 under a Charitable Remainder Trust Agreement upon the death of Dorothy Calingaert, this fund has been designated to benefit radio station WCNY.

    Camillus Optimist Community Service Awards
The Optimist Club of Camillus established this award to recognize West Genesee High School seniors who have shown an interest in volunteering their time and participating in school activities.

    Cazenovia College/Leland Stanford Scholarship Fund
Seeking a means of celebrating the contributions of Leland Stanford, a distinguished Cazenovia College alumnus and first president of the Central Pacific Railroad, Jim and Karlene Webster established a scholarship fund to benefit Cazenovia College for students who display similar qualities of entrepreneurial spirit and social commitment.

    Cazenovia High School Scholarship Fund
The Cazenovia Central School District transferred several smaller scholarship funds to the Community Foundation to establish this one fund for the benefit of its graduates.

  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. 

  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.

    CONTACT-Syracuse Endowment Fund
The future support of CONTACT-Syracuse will continue to be enhanced by an endowment created by a faithful benefactor.
 
    Jennifer Daniels Fund

  Edwin F. and Delores P. Davis Fund
Delores, a 43-year employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Central New York, and Edwin, a Korean War veteran who worked for the Esselte Corporation for 45 years, were married for 32 years and last lived in Manlius. Delores volunteered for many nonprofit organizations and was very involved in the local community. When she passed away, her will set forth the formation of this fund in her and her late husband’s name. The fund annually supports four local organizations where Delores volunteered during her lifetime—Carriage House Foundation, Hope for Bereaved, Crouse Health Foundation and Aurora of CNY.
 
    Frances P. DiBella Fund
Ms. DiBella, owner of the Palace Theatre, established this fund to generously support Blessed Sacrament Church, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and Salvation Army.
 
    Dennis Dowdell Scholarship Fund

    Mary Louise Dunn Fund
Ms. Dunn left a generous provision in her will to support her favorite charities:  Onondaga ARC, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Syracuse Symphony and Syracuse Stage.
 
  Margaret Early Designated Fund
Margaret Early was a long time friend and benefactor of the Community Foundation. Before she retired in Gainesville, Florida, Margaret dedicated her life to teaching—first to students in the Syracuse City School District and then to student teachers at Syracuse University and the University of Florida. Her love for education was apparent throughout her life. The day that she passed away  inMay 2008, her scholarship fund at the Community Foundation awarded over $126,000 to six graduating seniors of Fowler High School. Her will established a new designated fund that will provide grants to two organizations that she loved—the National Society for the Study of Education and the National Council of Teachers of English.
 
    Paul M. Engle Designated Fund
Paul Engle, a retired father of five, has been a fundholder with the Community Foundation since the 1990s. Paul serves actively as a volunteer for a number of organizations, making six trips to Louisiana and Mississippi to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. His new fund will provide grants to 10 named charities after his death, primarily in the human services field.

    Everson Museum Endowment Fund
Recognized worldwide for its collection of ceramic works and locally for its diverse exhibits of art and culture, the Everson Museum is an appreciative recipient of annual funding from this endowment, established by Dorothy C. Witherill.

    Curtis & Toni Feldmann Skaneateles Historical Society Fund
The Skaneateles Historical Society receives annual support in the names of Curtis and Toni Feldmann, long time residents and contributors to the village.

    Margaret and Roland Fragnoli Designated Fund
The Fragnolis established this fund with a direct distribution from their IRA account. This not only allowed them to avoid taking their mandatory distribution into income, but also provides consistent support to charities they care about in the Cortland community for years to come.

  Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse Fund
The Friends of NOPL at NorthSyracuse ceased operations andtransferred the remainder ofits assets to this fund, which isdesignated to continue supportingthe Northern Onondaga PublicLibrary at North Syracuse in perpetuity.

  Friends of Pro-Fac Fund
When a large group of fruit and vegetable growers, organized through a cooperative called Pro-Fac, learned they would receive a payout from the sale of Birds Eye Foods, many of the members saw this as an opportune time to set aside funds in support of leadership development for the food and agricultural industry in New York through the LEAD NY program. LEAD NY is a two-year leadership development program for professionals in the food and agricultural industry. Several Pro-Fac board, committee and staff members are LEAD NY alumni and all Pro-Fac members have benefitted from the leadership that these graduates have provided to the cooperative. These members wish to provide LEAD NY with a consistent annual source of revenue through this new designated fund.



  William L. Gaedeke Family Fund
Florence G. Gaedeke was the first person from her English family to be born in America. She married her high school sweetheart and soon after had their first son, William (Billy). Tragically, Billy was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1988. Florence established this fund through her estate in memory of her son to support several charities that address a variety of health issues. 

    Jack Gallaher Workforce Prep Helping Hand Fund
This fund was established by a benefactor in 1997 to recognize Jack Gallaher, a retired OCM BOCES Deputy Superintendent, and his many contributions to learners. Scholarships are awarded to adults pursuing continued training or workforce preparation.



  Jon E. Gammage, Jr. Scholarship Fund
The Syracuse community was shaken by the senseless death of Jon E. Gammage, which occurred after he was stopped by police in a Pittsburgh suburb. His friends and family established this fund as “a symbol of Jonny’s warmth and encouragement toward others.” The annual scholarship is awarded to a Henninger High School graduate who shares Jonny’s passions in life.



  Tucker Goodfellow Memorial Fund
Tucker’s goal to complete his college degree at SUNY Morrisville was cut short by a car accident in 2000. Tucker’s family established this scholarship for a Cazenovia High School graduate pursuing a career in agriculture or the automotive field.

    Marie C. Bean Harris Fund

  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.



  Kathleen Sill Hoffman Hershberger Memorial Fund
To celebrate and honor the memory of his late wife, Dr. Gordon Hershberger established this fund to provide family membership subsidies at the YMCA of Greater Syracuse for women battling breast cancer. Kaye bravely battled breast cancer and sadly lost that battle in June of 2009. She spent countless hours volunteering her time in various capacities for many community organizations, and is particularly known for her significant role in the creation of the North Area Branch of the YMCA.

    JB Fund for Pulaski Scholarships

  Victor Kalilec Memorial Scholarship Fund
Victor Paul Kalilec, a 1969 graduate of Cortland High School, was known for his unique ability to balance the practicality of engineering with the vision of an artist. Carrying a degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, Victor spent his career moving up into increasingly important engineering positions. He was an avid designer of audio equipment. Several of his pieces were displayed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Victor spent considerable time teaching young people the magic of design and the importance of developing the tools required to turn a vision into reality.This scholarship fund was established in Victor’s memory by his brother to encourage others to follow in his path. The fund will award one scholarship each year to a Cortland High School graduate pursuing a career in engineering or design.

    Rodney L. Keech Trust Fund and Belle Keech Trust Fund
Rodney L. and Belle Keech of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, established two trust funds to provide lifetime income for several individual beneficiaries and charitable organizations. The Community Foundation receives a portion of the income, which also benefits the Folts Home and the Earlville Free Library.

  Russell A. & Joan S. King Fund #2
Russell and Joan King, fundholders at the Community Foundation for more than ten years, established this fund to benefit the Dewitt Community Church. Members of the congregation for over 50 years, the Kings will use this fund to provide support to an organization that is very close to their hearts.

  Russell A. & Joan S. King Fund #3
Russell and Joan King, fundholders at the Community Foundation for more than ten years, established this fund to benefit Elmcrest Children’s Center and three area hospitals – Crouse, Saint Joseph’s and Community General.

    Kiwanis Club of North Syracuse Scholarship Fund
To provide a permanent source of college financial aid for the residents of the North Syracuse School District, the Kiwanis Club established this fund in 1995 to benefit Cicero-North Syracuse High School seniors.

    Steven M. Krause Memorial Fund
Steven Krause enjoyed life and saw the world through a unique perspective. He was well known for his nightly rendition of Taps on his bugle. Many of his neighbors within earshot would stop their hectic lives, if for but a few seconds, to reflect with a moment of silence. Steve was an avid outdoorsman who shared his love of the outdoors with the Skaneateles Boy Scout Troop 61, for whom he served as a scoutmaster for three years. He was devoted to his community and served on many area boards, including the Boy Scouts. Established in his memory, this fund will benefit the Boy Scouts of America Longhouse Council in Syracuse and a scholarship at the Skaneateles School District.

    Margaret McAlpine Ladd Fund
Col. James Von K. Ladd established this fund in the memory of his wife. Funds will be distributed to the Margaret McAlpine Ladd Scholarship Fund at Hood College.

  A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Scholarship in the Names of Gertrude Case Kesterke, Yvonne Arnold and Adolph Kalafarski
When Fulton’s A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital closed in 2009, its administration wanted to ensure that the scholarships awarded each year by the Hospital Auxiliary would be able to continue in memory of those for which they were named.
     Gertrude Case Kesterke Memorial Scholarship Award
     This scholarship was founded in memory of Gertrude Case Kerterke,
     a nurse and auxiliary volunteer at the hospital. Serving as director of
     volunteer services and the candy striping program for many years,
     she was well-respected for her compassion and caring for others.
     Yvonne Arnold Memorial Nursing Scholarship
     Yvonne Arnold, a 35-year resident of Fulton, served as a registered
     nurse at the hospital for many years. This scholarship was created
     in her memory after she passed away in 1970. It was established
     with proceeds from the then highly-anticipated Cracker Barrel Fair,
     the auxiliary's annual fundraising festival.
     Adolph Kalafarski Memorial Scholarship
     Adolph "Kal" Kalafarski, a highly-regarded member of the Fulton
     community, served in various roles on the hospital's Board for 30
     years and was an active supporter of the community and high school
     athletics. This scholarship was funded by public and hospital
     employee donations to honor his memory when he died in 1998.
The scholarship funds were transferred to the Community Foundation to ensure they would be awarded into perpetuity. The new combined fund will provide funding for scholarships annually to a graduating senior from Fulton, Hannibal or Phoenix High Schools pursuing a career in the paramedical field.

   

Dr. Sanford & Claire Levy Fund

  Marvin & Beulah Lewis Memorial Fund
The family of Marvin Lewis established this fund in 2003 to benefit the Ontario Bible Conference Camp, providing opportunity for others to benefit from its natural inspiration for years to come.



  Herbert Lourie Memorial Fund
In 1987, one of our community’s most beloved surgeons and civic leaders was murdered. Within months, the doctor’s family, friends, patients and colleagues pooled their contributions to establish the Herbert Lourie Memorial Fund. Since 1989, this permanent fund, in conjunction with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, has sponsored an annual lecture series on health policy in Dr. Lourie’s memory.

   

Ferdinand & Emilie Maltzan Memorial Fund 

  Jim Marshall Farms Foundation Endowment Fund
The Jim Marshall Farms Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Chittenango, utilizes a beautiful eighty-four acre horse farm to help people through interaction with animals, professionals and other caring people. Exposure to the life-affirming miracle of birth, the unconditional love of animals, the power of Mother Nature and the personal support of others are the therapeutic values embodied at this unique rural setting. This Fund was established by Jim ‘Doc’ Marshall to solely benefit the Jim Marshall Farms Foundation’s therapeutic programs.

    Matthew House Emerson Endowment



  Peter Mermer Memorial Fund
This fund was established in 2007 to honor the memory of Peter Mermer, a math teacher and athletic director at Knox Memorial Central School. Because of his passion for Edwards-Knox Athletics, it will be used to benefit the Edwards-Knox Central School Cougar Athletic Booster Club.

   
  Christine S. Nazzaro Memorial Fund
In memory of this young mother and teacher, family and friends established this fund to support special education programs and projects in Central New York.



  Phyllis M. Newland Fund
Phyllis worked tirelessly to provide literacy training to people with a wide variety of needs. Her great passion for this work and clear vision of how to best serve her students was reflected in her desire to establish this fund in support of the organization she founded, The Learning Place. The Learning Place is a neighborhood center-based literacy provider in Syracuse.

    Robert W. Oliver Scholarship Fund

    Onondaga County Health Department Auxiliary Fund

  On Point for College Endowment Fund
John and Marcia Watt are deeply engaged in the local issuesassociated with college access and retention. They stronglybelieve that providing our community’s underserved urbanpoor and immigrant populations with access to educationwill result in innovation and economic revitalization forthe Central New York region. They established this endowment to supportoperations for one of their favorite organizations, On Point for College, whichhas helped more than 2000 youth over the past decade to get into college, staythere, and succeed afterwards.

    Park Central Presbyterian Church Memorial Endowment Fund and St. Paul’s Cathedral Endowment Fund
The remainder of the Margaret, Beulah & John C. Marsellus Fund was used to establish these two endowment funds, making the Marsellus family’s support of these religious institutions enduring.



  John R. Pelkey Fund

John Pelkey, a World War II veteran and devoted Catholic, died at the age of 92. He established a designated fund to provide for his parish, St. John the Baptist Church, and Covenant House, an organization that serves homeless youth.

    Gregory D. Peterson Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established by family in memory of Gregory, a software engineer with Lockheed Martin. Scholarships are provided to Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduates who have been active in the football program.

    N. James Polney Fund for Onondaga Community College

    Pulaski Academy & Central School Scholarship Fund



  Alfred W. Richberg Fund for Liverpool Public Library
Born and raised in Liverpool, NY, World War II veteran Alfred Richberg returnedto his native Central New York after serving in the South Pacific. He went on toan accomplished career as a chemist with Solvay Process. When he passedaway at age 95, a bequest from Alfred’s will left funds for student services tothe Friends of Liverpool Public Library, Inc. The Friends established this fund inMr. Richberg’s memory to be utilized for student services at the Library.

  Robert & Dorothy Riester Fund for Stone Quarry Hill Art Park Preservation
One of the highest locations in the Cazenovia area, the great stone hill, now known as Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, was thoughtfully shared by the Riesters with the community, preserving it as a source of inspiration for creating and enjoying all forms of art. For the continued protection and maintenance of this community legacy, this fund was established by Mrs. Riester in 2003.

    Lettie H. Rohrig Fund
Lettie Rohrig, at the suggestion of her attorney, provided a charitable bequest to the Community Foundation in 1998. Although from modest means, Ms. Rohrig’s generosity provides support for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Syracuse Opera Company in perpetuity.

    John A. Santelli Fund
Created in 2008 upon the death of John Santelli, this fund will receive the residual of his estate. The distributions from this fund are designated to benefit several local charities.

    Harvey M. & Helen H. Sass Endowment Fund
Established in 1980, this fund provided income to the donors during their lifetimes through the Pooled Life Income Fund. Since 1991, income has been shared equally by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America and Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region.

    Emojean and Leonard F. Schmidt Designated Fund
This fund was established in 2007 to annually support six faith-based charities favored by the donors.

  Juliette Klein Sharpe Fund
Juliette Klein Sharpe felt truly blessed by her network of friends and her small community. “God takes care of fools and Julie” was something said often by the Skaneateles resident. She invoked this phrase to express how lucky she felt and how grateful she was for the many ways that her friends and various local nonprofits had enriched her life. A cancer diagnosis spurred Julie to think about the ways that she wanted to honor her friends and show appreciation for these organizations that impacted her so deeply. Her fund is designated to support a number of charities for which she had volunteered or had benefitted from service, ranging from nature to health and human services.

  Skaneateles Community Center - Emerson Fund
The Fred L. Emerson Foundation created this fund to endow facility capital improvements at the Skaneateles Community Center.
 

    The Emanuel and Lillian Slutzker Fund

   

Sr. Camilla Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
Created in 2004 by Betty Kemz, this fund is in memory of her good friend, Sr. Camilla. Betty established this scholarship for students attending St. Elizabeth’s College of Nursing to honor Sr. Camilla’s love of the field and St. Elizabeth’s.

    Lowell Smith Circle of Courage Fund
Lowell Smith’s many friends and colleagues watched the courage with which he fought the awful disease, ALS. This memorial fund, created in 2005, benefits the ALS Association of Central New York, the LEAD New York Program, and Heifer Project International.

    Paul & Kathleen Solomon Community Charitable Endowment

  Allen Spaights Memorial Music Scholarship Fund
Twenty-four year-old Allen was a percussionist, like his father, with a special love for the drums. When Allen’s battle with cancer was over, his parents established a memorial scholarship for a graduate of Henninger High School pursuing a course of study in music.

   

Susan Spencer Memorial Fund 

    St. Paul's Cathedral Endowment Fund

 

  Craig D. Stephens Memorial Fund
“Grateful for Craig’s full life, for the many joys he provided his friends and family in his all too short forty-five years, and for his countless wonderful friends who made his life so rewarding,” Craig’s family established this memorial fund to benefit Hospice of Central New York.

    Stohrer Family Fund
Established by bequest in 1999 from the estate of Evelyn G. Stohrer, this permanent fund supports two charitable causes in the Central New York community.

    Louise B. Tuttle Local Mission Fund
Louise’s four children—Dick, Forbes, John and Sally—established this permanent fund in her memory. The fund will match distributions made to area charities by her beloved Park Central Presbyterian Church.

  Gail J. Weinstein Memorial Fund
Gail, Director of Paramedic Training at SUNY Upstate’s Department of Emergency Medicine, passed away unexpectedly in 2008. Her determination, hard work and passion for teaching contributed to the growth and education of emergency medical service and medical professionals in CNY. This fund was established in her memory by her friends and colleagues at Upstate. Each year an award is made for student training in the fields of paramedic or emergency medical services.


    Gail J. Weinstein Memorial Fund for Paramedic Education

  Witherill Fund for Cazenovia College
Witherill Fund for LeMoyne College
Witherill Fund for Syracuse University
On July 3, 1998, Central New York lost one of its biggest supporters, Dorothy Crouse Witherill.  She cared deeply for the greater Syracuse community and unstintingly supported institutions and organizations concerned with education, human services and the arts. Her will provided for an unrestricted bequest to the Community Foundation. In recognition of Mrs. Witherill’s long-time support of educational institutions within the area, the Community Foundation’s Board established permanent funds to support these institutions of higher learning which will provide annual gifts to each as a reminder of her largesse.

    Whitmore Christian Fund


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