313,666 in Grants Awarded; McMahon/Ryan Receives Funding to Fuel Campaign to Fight Child Abuse

Total of $313,666 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison counties

December 22, 2015 – Each year more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving over 6 million children. A study cited by McMahon/Ryan found that 1 in 10 of those children will experience the abuse by their 18th birthday. With the help of the local organization, community outreach and education to combat this abuse has taken a turn for the best.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site has been working tirelessly since 1998 to end child abuse through intervention and education. The agency offers physically and sexually abused children and their families safe, child-friendly victim advocacy services, community outreach and prevention education programing.

The organization received a Community Foundation grant of $18,400 to conduct a marketing campaign focused on Child Abuse Prevention Month. Part of the campaign will include developing materials for distribution such as brochures, posters and the creation of an informative video that can be utilized for presentations.

“Child Abuse can be prevented with a community that learns the steps to protect our children,” said McMahon/Ryan Executive Director Linda Cleary. “This new marketing campaign will help us increase our awareness, ultimately decreasing the number of children being abused.”

The campaign will kick off in time for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and raise the profile of McMahon/Ryan as a leader in ending child abuse.

Additional Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation also awarded grants to programs in the fields of arts & culture, education, environment and animals, health, human services and public and societal benefit:

Jewish Home of Central New York received $25,000 to install a new wireless system that will allow staff to move from paper to electronic medical records.

The Landmark Theatre received $26,000 to purchase and install a new concession sales system to increase revenue.

Le Moyne College received $10,000 to increase Syracuse City School District student participation in a concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in collaboration with Symphoria.

Madison County Health Department received $16,070 to assess the potential health impacts of a gas compressor station on nearby residents.

National Abolition Hall of Fame received $6,045 to purchase a lift that will provide access to the second floor of an 1820 building where the museum and hall of fame are located.

Onondaga County Public Library received $25,000 to add new teen and makerspace areas during its Central Branch renovation to provide members of the community with the latest equipment to advance skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Skaneateles Festival received $20,000 to purchase portable sound, lighting and recording equipment for the Robinson Pavilion to improve the audience experience.

Spay and Neuter Syracuse received $24,413 to purchase surgical equipment that will increase its capacity to deliver services after its move to a new location.

St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center received $42,583 to replace the call bell system in its sub-acute rehabilitation unit to improve patient safety.

Symphoria received $25,200 to provide Syracuse City School students in grades 3-5 with an opportunity to experience live orchestral music through Carnegie’s Link Up: The Orchestra Sings!

Syracuse Children’s Theater received $23,105 to update its vocal amplification equipment to enhance student performances.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to support production costs, community education and outreach opportunities for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Village of Cazenovia received $26,850 to develop a new park and trail system along Chittenango Creek that will include a boardwalk, experiential play elements and a walking trail.


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 nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 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. cnycf.org

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