2014 National Community Foundation Week


Community Foundation Week (November 12-18, 2014) highlights the critical role community foundations play in their local communities. Community Foundations are uniquely suited to spark community-wide conversations about giving and to bring people together for generating new ideas that will tackle our most entrenched challenges, spark partnerships, and make a deeper impact through charitable investments.

Each day this week we will be highlighting our community services and impact through posts to our social media and this blog. Follow along to hear how our staff proudly connects with donors and nonprofits for the betterment of Central New York by honoring legacies, assisting our professional advisor community, sparking strategic partnerships, funding impactful nonprofit projects and more!

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The Central New York Community Foundation is proud to join more than 750 community foundations across North America for the 25th Annual Community Foundation Week taking place November 12-18. Together, community foundations all over the country will celebrate the lives changed and communities transformed through philanthropy’s partnership with private and public community leaders and organizations. Additionally this year marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first community foundation – the Cleveland Foundation. We are excited to be a part of the celebration of the first century of community philanthropy and look ahead to the next 100 years.

Where did Community Foundations Come From?

Banker and lawyer Frederick H. Goff had a vision to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great, and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city. From that revolutionary idea, the Cleveland Foundation was born on Jan. 2, 1914. Over the last 100 years, community foundations have developed in hundreds of communities to build permanent charitable endowments that support nonprofit projects, help donors achieve their charitable goals, and lead and partner in community level initiatives. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues.

What Community Foundations Do

Community foundations are independent, public entities that receive donations from institutions and individuals, then manage and award those funds as grants to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. By pooling donations together, the funds are invested and grown for even greater impact. Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

Your Local Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation, established in 1927, is now 87 years old. We administer more than 650 component charitable funds and have awarded more than $130 million in grants since inception. As the region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards more than $9.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually.


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What’s Coming Soon

Community members who want to make an even bigger impact this holiday season can take part in #UnselfieCNY on Tuesday, December 2nd in celebration of #GivingTuesday. This ‘holiday’ is a nationwide initiative designed to inspire charitable giving during the busy holiday season. The Central New York Community Foundation is inviting all community members to share their ‘Giving Story’ by writing on a piece of paper why, whom, or how they give back to their local community, taking a selfie, and posting it to any social media site using the hashtag #UnselfieCNY. One randomly selected participant will win a $1,000 charitable donation to the CNY charity of their choice. More information can be found at cnycf.org/givingtuesday.

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