Community Foundation Awards $677,260 in Grants

December 27, 2010 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $677,260 in grants to 24 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field‑of‑interest funds.

Performance Management Grants

Eight grants were awarded to help organizations assess their effectiveness through better data collection and measurement. The organizations will be part of a year-long cooperative to share lessons learned with each other and eventually with the wider Central New York community.

ARISE Child & Family Services received $20,000 to evaluate their programming using an electronic medical records management system that will also improve scheduling and service delivery efficiencies.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service received $20,000 to evaluate the effectiveness of its financial counseling and financial literacy education programs.

Enable received $20,000 to implement an evaluation system for its anti-aggression programming.

Greater Syracuse Works received $60,000 to collectively implement a web-based workforce development and case management system that will allow providers to share outcome indicators.

Jewish Home of CNY Foundation received $20,000 to conduct data collection research on programs that benefit the community’s elderly population through the Institute at Menorah Park for Applied Research and Aging.

Jowonio School received $20,000 to measure various aspects of the school’s model and its impact on family skills, with the goal of sharing its best practices with other childcare providers.

Salvation Army received $40,000 to create an evaluation system of several collaborative projects by implementing shared databases between agencies in the areas of juvenile justice, foster care and child welfare.

Vera House received $20,000 to expand its database management system to include its emergency shelter services.

Community Grants

Sixteen grants were awarded through the Community Grantmaking program to fund new and innovative projects across a variety of charitable fields and sectors.

Camp Good Days and Special Times received $5,000 to start a year-long monthly program for campers that will sustain the bonds formed during its normal summer programs.

Catholic Charities received $33,000 to renovate and relocate the pre-kindergarten classroom from the basement to the first floor of the Northside CYO.

Center for Community Alternatives received $22,160 to train JOBSPLUS! staffon the unique challenges to employment faced by individuals with criminal records.

Food Bank of CNY received $75,000 to renovate and relocate to a larger food distribution center.

Friends of DeWitt Parks and Recreation received $7,000 towards playground equipment used by children in the after-school and pre-school programs at the David Kilm Learning Center.

Imagine Syracuse received $10,000 to add new music programs that expand the Young Musicians Project, Syracuse’s first inner city youth orchestra.

Meals on Wheels received $15,100 to upgrade software that improves efficiencies by integrating client records, delivery logistics and volunteer tracking. This grant was also supported in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund, a field-of-interest fund at the Community Foundation.

McMayon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site received $50,000 to furnish office and therapeutic spaces with child-friendly furniture at its new downtown child advocacy center, a state of the art investigative, medical, therapeutic and support facility for abused children.

Near Westside Initiative received $25,000 to establish a micro-loan program to assist new and existing small businesses on the Near Westside.

The Newland Center (formerly The Learning Place) received $14,000 to work with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse towards a new data management system that will align its governance, operations management and outcomes measurement more closely with established standards.

Nosotros Radio received $3,500 to examine its fundraising activities, management structure and programming, and create a strategic plan to strengthen and improve its educational and cultural services to the community.

Person to Person Citizen Advocacy Association received $10,300 to improve recruitment and reporting of volunteers through a centralized database that will collect, track and share information between on- and off-site users.

St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center received $62,200 to purchase new equipment for use with rehabilitation patients. This grant was also supported in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

Upstate Medical University Foundation received $22,000 to help refugees and new immigrants access health care facilities by improving the navigation program, and producing and distributing native language health materials.

Wacheva Cultural Arts received $3,000 to purchase software that will track and evaluate the demographic trends of those taking dance classes and leverage that impact with community partners and constituents.

WCNY TV/24 – Public Broadcasting Council of CNY received $100,000 to assist with the cost of renovating the station’s new broadcast and education center on the Near Westside.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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