Land Bank moves to CNY Philanthropy Center
May 28, 2015 – The Central New York Philanthropy Center announced that it has added a new leaseholder to its roster of tenants. The Greater Syracuse Land Bank (Land Bank) moved into the building in late April and is now housed on the building’s third floor.
The Land Bank restores properties and revitalizes neighborhoods by returning vacant, abandoned, underutilized, and tax-delinquent properties to productive use. As its staff continued to expand, the Land Bank needed a larger space that was more accommodating to its visitors. The Land Bank’s new office is 2,040 square feet, which is a significant increase in size from its former shared office space.
The variety of meeting rooms available for use by all tenants at the Philanthropy Center was a big selling point for the Land Bank to move from its prior location on Washington Street.
“The very accessible and welcoming environment is inviting to customers and contractors who visit the Land Bank,” said Executive Director Katelyn Wright. “The meeting rooms available for tenants were essential because we hold board meetings and other gatherings open to the public and occasionally need large easily accessible gathering spaces.”
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.
The Land Bank joined the eight organizations in addition to the Community Foundation currently housed in the building bringing the CNY Philanthropy Center to full capacity. Fellow tenants include the Junior League of Syracuse, Sage Upstate, the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, the Human Services Leadership Council, Allyn Foundation, Central New York Land Trust, NY Funders Alliance and the Onondaga County Bar Association and Foundation.
“We are excited to have located to a building that houses other nonprofits with community-oriented missions that complement ours,” said Wright. “The move has helped us expand our capacity and offered us the opportunity to collaborate with our new neighbors.”
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.