Letty Murray: Subtly Extraordinary

There was nothing average about Letty Murray. She was subtly extraordinary and inspired many to mirror her generosity, kindness and responsibility. In her nearly ten decades of life, she created relationships which were woven into the fabric of giving. Before Laetitia ‘Letty’ Meachem Murray was born, her family was already known for greatness and generosity. She was a descendant of

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Age Is Nothing but a Number When It Comes to Giving Back

Support for charities comes in many forms from people of all ages. This summer, three ninth graders at West Genesee High School took to the pavement leg after leg as they ran 24 miles to raise money for organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. When the young women observed and recognized how the pandemic had drastically impacted members of their community

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Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial equity funding priority. The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations as well as identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community. Members represent a

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Community Foundation Announces Promotion

The Central New York Community Foundation has promoted Dashiell Elliott to Program Officer. She previously held the position of Program Manager. Dashiell is tasked with managing and implementing the Community Foundation’s grantmaking and associated programs that are designed to foster a thriving Central New York community. Elliott leads the Community Foundation’s new Black Equity and Excellence Fund, which supports community-based

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Lead Safety Visual Campaign Expands to Broader Community

The significant health risks associated with lead poisoning make awareness and education programs essential to every Syracuse resident, including those who don’t speak English. WCNY, the region’s local public broadcasting network, has created a way to communicate the complexities of this problem to all families, no matter the language they speak. “Lead poisoning can cause permanent damages on our children

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First Grants Awarded from Black Equity & Excellence Fund

September 29, 2020 – The Community Foundation recently awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Black Equity & Excellence Fund. In June, the Community Foundation announced that it was committing $1 million over the next few years to support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. In its first round of funding twelve grants were

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Seven Local Organizations Graduate from Leadership Training Program

Leaders from seven local grassroots and nonprofit organizations recently graduated from The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. After participating in monthly training sessions over the course of a year, each group received a $3,500 grant to implement a community project that is proposed and planned during their training. Each organization is addressing a

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Lead Poisoning in the Time of COVID-19

Finding safe, lead-free housing in Syracuse was an issue before COVID-19 caused a global upheaval. But now, during a pandemic that has led to financial strain across our community, the risk of childhood lead poisoning is amplified. New York State and the nation are currently in an eviction moratorium, which means that tenants who have experienced hardship due to the

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Anonymous Donor Leaves $2.2 Million Gift to Local Charity

September 10, 2020 – An anonymous donor recently left a $2.2 million gift to the Central New York Community Foundation upon her passing. Her gift established an endowed fund that will support local nonprofit organizations providing healthcare and animal care. The donor’s professional advisor, J. Daniel Pluff of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, says that the benefactor lived modestly and wanted

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Support Black Nonprofits on 8/28 Give Day

Today is Give 8/28 Day! Originating in 2018, Give 8/28 is an entire day dedicated to charitable giving for Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits. The Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute established this day to elevate Black nonprofits that are committing themselves, day-in and day-out, to improving and enhancing the lives of Black people in this nation. Four significant events occurred

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