Cayuga Community Fund Awards Grants

November 27, 2012 (Auburn, NY) – Eleven Cayuga County-based nonprofit groups received grants totaling $19,435 from the Cayuga Community Fund.

Auburn Public Theater received $1,000 to assist with tuition scholarships for students participating in its Children’s Summer Theater Workshop.

Casey Park PTO received $2,525 to expand a school garden into an outdoor classroom.

Cayuga Centers received $1,000 to support the In-Between after-school respite program, which is designed to provide weekday afternoon caregiving to fill the gap between the end of the school day and early evening.

Chapel House received $1,500 to replace the homeless shelter’s central air conditioning.

Cornell Cooperative Extension received $1,360 to purchase AV equipment for the CCE Education Center.

Duffy Books in Homes received $1,000 to support a book program in Casey Park Elementary School.

Genoa Historical Association received $2,500 to purchase upgrades and technology for museum programs.

Howland Stone Store Museum received $3,108 to support organizational development efforts of the museum.

Salvation Army received $2,500 to support its Senior Citizens Programs, providing socialization and wellness support for the area’s seniors.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center received $602 to purchase a high definition video camera and accessories.

Unity House of Cayuga County received $2,340 to purchase online access to courses for student-clients who are recovering from mental illness.

These grants were made possible through the Cayuga Community Fund and Cayuga Health Association Fund.

About the Cayuga Community Fund
The Cayuga Community Fund, created in 2008, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Cayuga County. Grants are awarded from endowment funds annually to aid vital 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 has granted $89,485 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

The Leadership Council of the Cayuga Community Fund is chaired by Stephen Zabriskie. Other Council members are Daniel Cuddy, CPA, CFP; Kenneth J. Entenmann; Jill Fandrich; Jack Hardy; Howard Hartnett; Alice Hoatland, CPA; Kenneth G. Knight; Beverly Miller; Michael O’Gorman; Lisa Marsh Ryerson; and Earle Thurston, Esq.

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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