Future Fund Honored Grantee at Awards Reception

May 9, 2011 (Syracuse, NY) – The Future Fund of Central New York awarded a $5,000 grant to Syracuse Grows’ Urban Gardening Capacity Building Initiative at its annual grant awards celebration on Thursday, May 19 at the CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 East Fayette Street in Syracuse. Syracuse Grows was chosen out of 35 grant applications submitted to the fund’s focus area for 2011 – Nutrition and Wellness.

Each year, the Future Fund members vote on a focus area for its grant award. This year’s focus area was on nutrition and wellness, but this varies year to year based on a vote of the membership. When all applications are received, the Fund’s members voted to choose the top three projects. Members were then invited to visit the sites, meet staff and learn more about the applicants before choosing the final award recipient.

Since its inception in 2004, the Future Fund has awarded seven grants, totaling $35,000 to Central New York organizations. The Future Fund of Central New York is a giving circle established to involve and empower emerging philanthropists to make the Central New York community a better place to live and work. Its members are involved in building a charitable endowment and providing grants in program areas that change each year based on the vote of the membership. According to the Washington, D.C.-based New Ventures in Philanthropy, giving circles are one of the fastest growing philanthropic trends nationwide.

For more information, visit: www.cnycf.org. The Future Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The Community Foundation connects the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York. The Community Foundation annually makes more than $5 million in grants and provides leadership support in the fields of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services.

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