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.

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Jalyn Clifford

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority
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Bishop Ronald B. Dewberry

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

Serena (Rahzie) Seals

Founder & President, BlackCuse Pride

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 ...

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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. ...

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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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