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 February 25, 2021

Now Accepting Applications for the Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship

Since inception, the Kilian Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $320,000 in total scholarship dollars to ...

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 ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

SOMAC volunteers conducting a motor vehicle accident training
Stories January 8, 2021

Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps Fills Gaps in Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

SOMAC, an organization that provides emergency medical services to Madison County residents, relies heavily on ...

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Topics January 8, 2021

Beyond the Pond: The Deeper Role of Webster Pond

Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of ...

ICRCC Logo
Stories January 8, 2021

Indian Cultural Center Raises Money for Community-At-Large

For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been ...

Group of OGs Against Violence volunteers
Stories January 8, 2021

OG's Against Violence: Rebuilding the "Village" of Syracuse

Clifford Ryan, a strong advocate against police brutality and racism, also fights to put an ...

Children color at a table at the Cortland Salvation Army
Topics December 26, 2020

Salvation Army of Cortland

In the city of Cortland, nearly 24 percent of residents live below the poverty line. ...

Volunteers help construct a Habitat for Humanity home.
Stories December 26, 2020

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity achieved a milestone this spring by becoming the first Habitat affiliate ...

Stories February 25, 2021

Now Accepting Applications for the Frederick K. Kilian Memorial Scholarship

Since inception, the Kilian Memorial Scholarship has awarded over $320,000 in total scholarship dollars to ...

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 ...

Stories February 16, 2021

Scholarship Recipient to Fraternal Brother - Starting the College Journey with Two Students at a Time

When Keyshawn Blakes received a scholarship from Kappa to assist with graduate school, more than ...

SOMAC volunteers conducting a motor vehicle accident training
Stories January 8, 2021

Southern Madison County Ambulance Corps Fills Gaps in Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

SOMAC, an organization that provides emergency medical services to Madison County residents, relies heavily on ...

duck
Topics January 8, 2021

Beyond the Pond: The Deeper Role of Webster Pond

Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of ...

ICRCC Logo
Stories January 8, 2021

Indian Cultural Center Raises Money for Community-At-Large

For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been ...

Group of OGs Against Violence volunteers
Stories January 8, 2021

OG's Against Violence: Rebuilding the "Village" of Syracuse

Clifford Ryan, a strong advocate against police brutality and racism, also fights to put an ...

Children color at a table at the Cortland Salvation Army
Topics December 26, 2020

Salvation Army of Cortland

In the city of Cortland, nearly 24 percent of residents live below the poverty line. ...

Volunteers help construct a Habitat for Humanity home.
Stories December 26, 2020

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity achieved a milestone this spring by becoming the first Habitat affiliate ...

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