Rural poverty is a pervasive reality for over 43 million Americans. A person’s geographic location can have a major effect on their socioeconomic status and potential mobility. In rural areas, services are often a great distance away and residents are faced with no or limited public transportation. Lack of access to needed services, jobs and reliable transportation create significant barriers to maintaining employment and receiving healthcare.

Living on a low income consequently affects a child’s ability to succeed in school. Children living in poverty are not exposed to the same learning opportunities as their wealthier counterparts and can experience lifelong effects from the disparity. With schools largely funded by property taxes, education inequities cause this problem to persist in low-income neighborhoods.

The Madison County Rural Poverty Fund is an effort to support poverty-related causes in Madison County, where 10 percent of the population was living below the federal poverty rate in 2018, according to CNY Vitals. The Community Foundation is committed to tackling this issue through multiple approaches including funding, impact investing and community leadership.

Community Investment Stories

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

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 ...

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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. ...

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

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. ...

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