Cayuga Fund Receives $100,000 Challenge

September 11, 2012 (Auburn, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund is kicking off its fall fundraising campaign to keep pace toward qualifying for a $100,000 challenge grant from the Central New York Community Foundation. The Community Foundation match dollar-for-dollar contributions made to the fund through March 2014, up to $100,000. If the Cayuga Fund can reach that half-way mark by March 2013, the Community Foundation will match it at that time.

“We are very pleased at how this fund has progressed over the past four years,” said Stephen Zabriskie, chair of the Cayuga Fund Leadership Council. “We are building an endowment that will serve Cayuga County people and organizations that may not have regular access to other sources of funding. And we are confident, knowing it will continue to do so long after we’re gone.”

The Cayuga Community Fund, a geographically specific fund administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, was established in 2009 by a group of Cayuga county citizens who wanted to keep local philanthropic dollars in the area. The Fund was created to benefit residents of Cayuga County by serving as a source of permanent charitable dollars for nonprofits serving residents of the County.

Grants are awarded from the endowment fund annually to support programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. The Cayuga Community Fund completed its second year of grantmaking by awarding $26,000 in grants to 22 programs in Cayuga County across a diverse spectrum of issue areas. In addition, two new funds — the Cayuga Health Association Fund and the Dr. Henry Romano Fund for Children — were created this year to support the health of Auburn and Cayuga County communities.

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