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

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

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Lead Free Kids New York at assembly
Publications July 19, 2022

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Children on the playground
Blogs July 13, 2022

North Syracuse Early Education Program Receives $30,000 for Inclusive Playground

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Older woman sits at a table
Blogs June 15, 2022

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Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

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Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

Women manning table
Publications May 19, 2022

Identifying Areas for Growth

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Granting Matters

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Group of children and adults outside
Publications May 19, 2022

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Giving Voice Spring 2022: Grantee Story

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 ...

Lead Free Kids New York at assembly
Publications July 19, 2022

Lead Free Kids New York Receives $25,000 to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Central New York is home to various features to be proud of. However, it is ...

Children on the playground
Blogs July 13, 2022

North Syracuse Early Education Program Receives $30,000 for Inclusive Playground

For children who are eager to spend time with their friends but have physical impairments, ...

Older woman sits at a table
Blogs June 15, 2022

Seniors Find Support for Unmet Needs

Interfaith Works has received $35,000 to assist low-income, older adults in the waning stages of ...

Nikki Jones
Stories June 1, 2022

Black Equity and Excellence: Nikki R. Jones

Nikki R. Jones is creating and trailblazing a path for black women in her community.

Women manning table
Publications May 19, 2022

Identifying Areas for Growth

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Granting Matters

What's Happening
Publications May 19, 2022

What's Happening

Giving Voice Spring 2022

Group of children and adults outside
Publications May 19, 2022

WHOLE ME Helps CNY Deaf Community Thrive

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Grantee Story

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