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Our Black Equity & Excellence funding priority was launched in June 2020 in response to the tragedies and ensuing national conversation on race that has brought to light a common truth – that anti-Black racism is still woven into the fabric of our country. We cannot put slavery behind us because its legacy surrounds us in 400 years’ worth of oppression – it structures our schools and workplaces, economic situations and the health and living conditions that disproportionately expose so many Black Americans to COVID-19.

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Tax-deductible gifts may be made to the Black Equity & Excellence Fund in various ways. You may contribute online with a credit card or checks, made out to Central New York Community Foundation with “Black Equity & Excellence Fund” written in the memo line, may be sent to: Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202.

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The Black Equity & Excellence Fund supports community-based projects for the Black community of Central New York that promote and encourage self-sufficiency and improve the physical and economic conditions that affect quality of life. It also encourages dialogue that will strengthen race-related matters and support social and educational growth in the community.

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The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is tasked with reviewing grant proposals and identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community.

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If your nonprofit has received a grant from us, we request that you submit a report on the outcome of your project. This report assists us in assessing our grantmaking efforts. Your specific report due date is outlined in your grant award letter and we encourage you to refer to that for detailed information about reporting requirements. You may access the report form here.

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View a list of grants awarded so far from the Black Equity & Excellence Fund.

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We encourage you to share the news of this grant to raise awareness of the valuable work you are doing in the community. We have prepared some communication guidelines to assist you with these promotions.

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Black Equity & Excellence Stories

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence
News Releases March 22, 2021

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Our country is experiencing an increase in violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of Our Journey
News Releases January 12, 2021

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

We believe that addressing structural racism and racial disparities is the first essential step towards ...

Martin Luther King Junior March on Washington
Stories January 7, 2021

Support Black Nonprofits On 8/28 Give Day

The Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute established this day to elevate Black nonprofits that ...

A woman smiles and speaks to a crowd
Stories December 15, 2020

More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & ...

Advisory council member headshots collage
News Releases November 9, 2020

Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial ...

A girl poses at a table with her mask
News Releases September 29, 2020

First Grants Awarded From Black Equity & Excellence Fund

The Community Foundation recently awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Black Equity ...

Lisa Alford Headshot
Stories August 11, 2020

Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Lisa Alford

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. ...

Marion Ervin headshot
Stories August 7, 2020

Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Marion Ervin

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. ...

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence
News Releases March 22, 2021

CNY Community Foundation Statement on Persistent Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Violence

Our country is experiencing an increase in violent, hateful, and deeply alarming acts against the ...

Stories February 17, 2021

From Black History to Black Renaissance: Two Syracuse Black-led Organizations Share Their Stories of Triumph and Struggle

For Black History Month, we chose to highlight two of our Black Equity & Excellence ...

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of Our Journey
News Releases January 12, 2021

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

We believe that addressing structural racism and racial disparities is the first essential step towards ...

Martin Luther King Junior March on Washington
Stories January 7, 2021

Support Black Nonprofits On 8/28 Give Day

The Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute established this day to elevate Black nonprofits that ...

A woman smiles and speaks to a crowd
Stories December 15, 2020

More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & ...

Advisory council member headshots collage
News Releases November 9, 2020

Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial ...

A girl poses at a table with her mask
News Releases September 29, 2020

First Grants Awarded From Black Equity & Excellence Fund

The Community Foundation recently awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Black Equity ...

Lisa Alford Headshot
Stories August 11, 2020

Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Lisa Alford

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. ...

Marion Ervin headshot
Stories August 7, 2020

Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Marion Ervin

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. ...

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