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

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 ...

Oneida Community Mansion House
Stories June 8, 2021

Lang and Nini Hatcher

“They were sensationally good parents,” Joe remarked. Lang and Nini will both be remembered fondly ...

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 April 8, 2021

Grant Means Long-Term Support for Onondaga County's Children

The Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) has an important mission: to build the brains of our ...

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 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 ...

Oneida Community Mansion House
Stories June 8, 2021

Lang and Nini Hatcher

“They were sensationally good parents,” Joe remarked. Lang and Nini will both be remembered fondly ...

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 April 8, 2021

Grant Means Long-Term Support for Onondaga County's Children

The Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) has an important mission: to build the brains of our ...

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 ...

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