SIDS Prevention Fund Awards $3,600 Grant

February 1, 2013 (Syracuse, NY) – The Syracuse SIDS Prevention Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, recently awarded a $3,600 grant to The Children’s Consortium. The grant will be used to expand the SIDS prevention materials offered through the Baby Beginnings program at Crouse Hospital.

The Children’s Consortium Baby Beginnings program addresses SIDS prevention through increased community education and outreach. The program is designed for all parents of newborns through age three, with special attention given to parents in Onondaga County. It has three key components: Parenting, Literacy and Health and Wellness. Baby Beginnings is offered at Crouse Hospital and annually reaches more than 2,000 parents within 48 hours of delivering their babies. During room visits, Parent Educators provide important information on safe sleep, car safety and child development.

The Syracuse SIDS Prevention Fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, was formed in 2007 as a permanent field-of-interest fund. It was established with the accumulated earnings from the Syracuse SIDS Golf Classic to support the elimination of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome through increased community awareness, including parent support programs and risk reduction education, as well as medical research.

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 $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 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 businesses 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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