Online Voting is Now Open for Local Nonprofit Grant

June 4, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – Thirty-four nonprofit organizations are competing for a grant in The CNY85 Giving Project and are calling on the public for their support. The project that receives the most online votes by the end of the month will receive an $8,500 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation in celebration of its 85-year anniversary.

The Community Foundation is asking the public to visit to view the full list of projects and vote for their favorite. Projects up for vote range from the training of psychiatric service dogs for U.S. veterans to assisting Syracuse families with emergency home repair. Each visitor may cast one vote per email address per day until June 30. The winner will be formally announced in mid-July, after all of the votes have been verified.

About The CNY85 Giving Project
The Community Foundation created The CNY85 Giving Project to use its 85-year anniversary as an opportunity to highlight the many nonprofit programs serving Central New York and inspire their support among community members. The month of June is the second of four voting periods the Community Foundation will open to the public over the course of the year. The June voting round features human service, health and housing projects. Future rounds will feature projects that address education and technology (September) and arts, culture and civic leadership (December).

The Community Foundation recently awarded $8,500 to the first quarter’s winner – Madison County Office for the Aging – to expand its senior transportation program. The program provides medical transportation for frail, isolated elderly who have no other means of transportation to their physicians, eye care professionals, pharmacies, and other medical related appointments.
The Community Foundation will be accepting applications for its third round, featuring projects that address Central New York’s education and technology needs from July 1- July 31. Nonprofit organizations that serve Onondaga and/or Madison Counties are invited to enter by submitting a simple online form. To view the Project’s full calendar and learn how to apply, visit

About CNYVitals
Each round features projects of different themes based on findings of a community indicators project, CNYVitals. The community indicators were the result of a collaborative effort between Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the Central New York Community Foundation, city and county municipalities and a host of community-based organizations that have signed on to help gather and analyze the data on Central New York’s greatest needs.

The resulting data is a snapshot of Central New York’s current state of affairs within various interest areas. The architects of the project hope that making this information available to the general public will inspire collaborative discussion and action to address the community’s most pressing needs while also focusing funding and programming on projects and initiatives that will have the greatest positive impact on the region. All of the data can be viewed and contributed to at

About the Central New York Community Foundation

This year, the Central New York Community Foundation celebrates its 85-year anniversary. Founded in 1927, it strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York by connecting the generosity of donors with community needs – making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York from more than 550 charitable endowment funds that it manages. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. As the region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation is located at 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 and can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

Projects Up For Vote
Alzheimer’s Association, CNY ChapterWebsite
Train responders to safely locate missing persons with dementia
Amaus Health ServicesWebsite
Conduct low-income patient health education
American Diabetes Association, CNYWebsite
Start a diabetic support network
Implement a bullying prevention program
Camp Good Days & Special TimesWebsite
Fund a women’s oncology support group
Central New York Health Systems Agency (CNYHSA)Website
Provide rental assistance to the working disabled
Clear Path for VeteransWebsite
Train psychiatric service dogs for use by U.S. veterans
Community Action Partnership for Madison CountyWebsite
Provide discounted medications to free health clinic patients
Crouse Health FoundationWebsite
Furnish NICU with a baby/parent bonding area
Downtown Syracuse YMCAWebsite
Provide housing for homeless men
Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment (FORCE)Website
Educate vulnerable communities in emergency preparedness
Food Bank of Central New YorkWebsite
Distribute food to emergency food programs
Hamilton Senior Citizens CenterWebsite
Provide isolated seniors with social opportunities, education and nourishment
Home HeadQuarters, IncWebsite
Assist City of Syracuse families with emergency home repair
It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc.Website
Provide social and emotional parenting training
Madison-Oneida BOCESWebsite
Help identify developmental delays and disabilities in young children
Maureen’s Hope FoundationWebsite
Deliver care packages to people facing a cancer diagnosis or life altering disease
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate NYWebsite
Provide adaptive support to people living with multiple sclerosis
Oneida Healthcare FoundationWebsite
Provide community course on healthy living
Orenda Springs Experiential Learning CenterWebsite
Send SCSD students to a day-long empowerment program
P.E.A.C.E., Inc.Website
Take low-income rural families on educational field trips
Poverello Health CenterWebsite
Supplement health care costs for low income individuals
Rescue MissionWebsite
Create a laundry facility for use by low-income area residents
SHA Development FoundationWebsite
Build a self-sufficiency fund for residents in public housing
Southern Hills Preservation CorporationWebsite
Provide safe, affordable housing for low to moderate income families
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center FoundationWebsite
Provide ER patients arriving in damaged clothing with new clothes to leave in
Success By 6Website
Distribute a cookbookto WIC participants featuring local, low-cost foods
SUNY Upstate Pediatric Designated AIDS Center/SCCWebsite
Promote HIV/AIDS prevention & testing to young adults by producing a PSA
Syracuse Behavioral HealthcareWebsite
Exhibit art created by people with mental health and eating disorders
Syracuse Habitat for HumanityWebsite
Help construct a Women Build house in Syracuse
Syracuse Housing AuthorityWebsite
Provide low-income families with home ownership education
Syracuse Jewish Family ServiceWebsite
Offer arts programming to homebound, isolated seniors
Syracuse Northeast Community CenterWebsite
Enhance family-focused services to Syracuse’s Northeast inner-city area
The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area ServicesWebsite
Outfit an infant room at a homeless family shelter

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