Community Foundation Announces Certification

Owens JennApril 25, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – Jennifer Owens, Vice President, Development & Marketing at the Central New York Community Foundation recently achieved the professional designation Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the American College. The CAP certification provides the knowledge and skills needed to help clients and donors achieve their charitable giving goals. Those who achieve this designation have demonstrated expertise in integrating gift planning with financial and estate planning and in helping clients to identify a giving plan.

In her role at the Community Foundation, Jennifer is responsible for creating and implementing custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies, and overseeing the communication of the Foundation’s mission and service offerings to the community. Jenn has served at the Community Foundation for eight years, initially as a member of the grantmaking staff.

Jennifer holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree from The American University. Her 15-year career in philanthropy included six years with private foundations in Washington, D.C., where she participated in the grant review process and provided oversight of grant administration.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $128 million. It awards close to $5.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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