The inability to read, write and do basic calculations can erode one’s hope for a brighter future. Without functional literacy skills, our neighbors, families and whole community remain vulnerable and at a disadvantage in today’s global economy.

That is why we are continuing our decades-long commitment to addressing the issue of literacy across the lifespan through our grantmaking and community leadership. Our work led to the founding of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC), of which we are a managing partner, and we help direct support for other regional programs. We are proud to be partners in the following literacy efforts:

CACTC’s county-wide literacy campaign brings together a coalition of partners working towards a shared vision that all children will be reading on grade level by the end of the third grade.

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We provide funding and technical support to Imagination Library programs in Onondaga and Madison counties. Imagination Library strives to build skills in young children for kindergarten readiness by delivering a new, age-appropriate book directly to each child’s home once a month from birth to age five.

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The Early Childhood Alliance is a collection of community partners working holistically to meet the needs of our region’s youngest residents. We provide the alliance with office space, funding and technical assistance.

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Madison County Reads Ahead trains volunteer literacy tutors and recruits potential learners 16 years of age and older who want to improve their basic English language skills, get a High School Equivalency diploma (“GED”) or learn English as a second language.

We serve as a managing partner of the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County, which works to collectively build and support community initiatives that improve literacy levels across the lifespan.

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Say Yes Syracuse is working to ensure that all Syracuse City School District students have the necessary support to graduate ready for higher education and that no financial barriers prevent them from attending college. The Community Foundation supported the Say Yes effort in the form of a $2 million commitment and management of the Say Yes Scholarship Endowment Fund, designed to ensure its scholarship promise continues for generations.

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Community Investment Stories

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Linda Smith stand next to a student at a long table during a literacy class session.
Stories August 11, 2021

The Learning Place Finds New Home at the North Side Learning Center

A strategic partnership expands adult language and literacy programs on the Northside.

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

News Releases June 25, 2021

LeadSafeCNY: A Glimpse at our Neighborhood Investments

View a new heat map and video demonstrating the impact of our neighborhood investments so ...

Woman with dog
Publications May 26, 2021

Puppets & Entertainment: Connecting the Dots in Reading Lessons

Giving Voice Spring 2021: Grantee Story

Men standing outside gardening
Stories May 4, 2021

Using Job Training and Certification to Reduce Poverty

The fight to end the generational poverty in our community is ongoing. Fortunately, there are ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Linda Smith stand next to a student at a long table during a literacy class session.
Stories August 11, 2021

The Learning Place Finds New Home at the North Side Learning Center

A strategic partnership expands adult language and literacy programs on the Northside.

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

News Releases June 25, 2021

LeadSafeCNY: A Glimpse at our Neighborhood Investments

View a new heat map and video demonstrating the impact of our neighborhood investments so ...

Woman with dog
Publications May 26, 2021

Puppets & Entertainment: Connecting the Dots in Reading Lessons

Giving Voice Spring 2021: Grantee Story

Men standing outside gardening
Stories May 4, 2021

Using Job Training and Certification to Reduce Poverty

The fight to end the generational poverty in our community is ongoing. Fortunately, there are ...

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