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

Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, CEPF®, M.P.A.

Executive Director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and Serial Entrepreneur
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JALYN CLIFFORD

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority

Cal Corriders

Manager of Neighborhood Economic Development, CenterState CEO
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BISHOP RONALD B. DEWBERRY

Senior Pastor and Founder, New Life Temple of Praise; CEO, Center of Hope International, Inc.

Lekia K. Hill

President & CEO of Lekia Tech LLC and Founder of Powerful Voices
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TANISHA JACKSON, PH.D.

Executive Director, Community Folk Art Center; Professor, Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences
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LATOYA JONES

Regional Healthcare Organizer, Healthcare Education Project

NAQUIA (KIA) LACEY MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Training Specialist, Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

MARK MUHAMMAD

Syracuse Representative, Nation of Islam; Citizen Diplomat, O.U.R. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Collective

Black Equity & Excellence Stories

Angela Winfield & Lance Lyons standing outside
Publications November 21, 2022

Forging Pathways for the Future: Angela Winfield & Lance Lyons

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Donor Story

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Publications November 21, 2022

Adding New Flavor to Grantmaking with Participatory Budgeting

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Granting Matters

Blogs October 29, 2022

Reflections: Creating a Legacy of Equity

Jan Lane, senior philanthropic advisor, explains the ways that leaving a legacy can help you ...

Children standing with paramedic
News Releases September 28, 2022

$240,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support ...

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News Releases September 25, 2022

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

This is the first time Resilia’s cutting edge training has been offered in the Central ...

Blogs September 7, 2022

Reflections: Making the Invisible Visible

Minister Mark D. Muhammad, Ed.D. tells his personal story of struggles growing up in Syracuse ...

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Topics August 25, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Melanie Littlejohn

"As a community leader, I need to ensure that my voice is present and that ...

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade
News Releases August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Juneteenth Inc. Receives $2,500 for Festival and Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in ...

Topics August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Martikah S. Williams

"My hope is that more people are drawn to Central New York because of an ...

Angela Winfield & Lance Lyons standing outside
Publications November 21, 2022

Forging Pathways for the Future: Angela Winfield & Lance Lyons

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Donor Story

Group of teens sitting at a table
Publications November 21, 2022

Adding New Flavor to Grantmaking with Participatory Budgeting

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Granting Matters

Blogs October 29, 2022

Reflections: Creating a Legacy of Equity

Jan Lane, senior philanthropic advisor, explains the ways that leaving a legacy can help you ...

Children standing with paramedic
News Releases September 28, 2022

$240,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support ...

woman at laptop computer
News Releases September 25, 2022

Community Foundation Bringing Training Platform to Organizations Serving Historically Excluded Communities

This is the first time Resilia’s cutting edge training has been offered in the Central ...

Blogs September 7, 2022

Reflections: Making the Invisible Visible

Minister Mark D. Muhammad, Ed.D. tells his personal story of struggles growing up in Syracuse ...

melanie littlejohn twitter
Topics August 25, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Melanie Littlejohn

"As a community leader, I need to ensure that my voice is present and that ...

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade
News Releases August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Juneteenth Inc. Receives $2,500 for Festival and Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in ...

Topics August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Martikah S. Williams

"My hope is that more people are drawn to Central New York because of an ...

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