Griffith Acquires Philanthropy Certification

Griffith Acquires Philanthropy Certification

Syracuse (November 5, 2013) – Tom Griffith, Gift Planning Officer at the Central New York Community Foundation, recently achieved the professional designation of 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 his role as Gift Planning Officer, Tom is responsible for deepening and broadening the advisor network across a five-county service area as well as continuing to develop and implement the Community Foundation’s gift planning program.  Tom is also a certified Chartered Financial Consultant. He has been with the Central New York Community Foundation since January 2013.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Tom served as a Financial Advisor at First Command Financial Planning.  Prior to becoming an advisor, he was an officer in the United States Navy and a Department of Navy civilian working as a nuclear engineer and program manager at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program headquarters.  Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 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. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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