CNY Philanthropy Center Acquires Two New Tenants
August 11, 2014 – The Central New York Philanthropy Center announced today that it will soon add two new leaseholders to its roster of tenants. The Onondaga County Bar Association and the Central New York Land Trust will be housed on the building’s third floor beginning this fall.
Construction work will begin soon to outfit the office spaces to the tenant’s specific needs. Each are expected to move in by November.
The Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA), which serves to foster professional growth and ethical practices in the field of law within Onondaga County, and its philanthropic arm, the Onondaga County Bar Association Foundation, is leaving its current space in the State Tower Building in part to take advantage of the Philanthropy Center’s common areas.
Thanks to a variety of meeting rooms available for use by all tenants at the Center, the OCBA is able to rent 2,000 fewer square feet than it does now, making it a cost-efficient move. The Center’s public conference rooms and ballroom will serve as host to many of the organization’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, which are attended by local law practitioners.
“With its location across the street from Fayette Park, classic architecture, and modern renovations, the Philanthropy Center will provide the OCBA members a perfect home for organization events and activities,” said Nicholas DeMartino, OCBA President.
The largely volunteer-led Central New York Land Trust will also be renting office space in the Center this fall. The Land Trust is a membership-supported organization that seeks to preserve and protect natural areas. Although the organization was founded in 1972, this office will be the first administrative “home” for the Land Trust.
“The Philanthropy Center will be a great space for the Land Trust by helping to anchor it to the community, providing networking opportunities and raising broader awareness and support,” said Meredith Perreault, Land Trust Executive Director.
The Philanthropy Center, an 18,000 square foot historic building in downtown Syracuse, was purchased and renovated by the Central New York Community Foundation in 2010 to serve as a local charitable hub. It currently houses five organizations in addition to the Community Foundation – Junior League of Syracuse, Sage Upstate, The Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, the Human Services Leadership Council and the Allyn Foundation.
“We are excited to have some of the region’s largest philanthropic foundations and important community organizations housed here,” said Peter Dunn, Community Foundation President and CEO. “Their presence here encourages collaboration and open dialogue on Central New York’s unique resources and needs. We are proud to welcome our new tenants into this distinctive fold.”
The Philanthropy Center was recently awarded LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its “green” renovation and operation practices including storm water controls and energy-efficient windows, doors and HVAC systems.
Tenant space is still available at the Philanthropy Center for eligible charitable organizations. Interested groups can contact the Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-422-9538.
About the Central New York Community Foundation
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.