Community Foundation Establishes 35 New Funds

We gratefully acknowledge the generous community-minded individuals, families and organizations that established new funds at the Community Foundation this year. These funds will benefit the community now and for generations to come. To view a full list of all of our funds, visit

Community Funds

Mrs. Laurie J. and Dr. William Clark, Jr. Community Fund

Dr. William Clark was a Professor of Surgery in clinical practice at SUNY Upstate Medical University for 20 years. He founded and was director of the Clark Burn Center at University Hospital, working tirelessly in the community to promote burn prevention. He also enjoyed supporting organizations that provided for the education of local young people and a rich arts and culture scene. This fund will serve as a permanent legacy for Bill and Laurie.

Frances C. & Albert C. Knight Charitable Fund

Frances was a Women’s Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving as an intelligence decoder. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and the United Way. When Frances and her husband Albert passed away, their charitable remainder trusts were converted to a field-of-interest fund. This fund will support charitable organizations that benefit the Central New York Community.


Designated Funds

The Emanuel and Lillian Slutzker Fund

Lillian Slutzker passed away at the age of 98 in 2016. She was predeceased by her husband Manny, whose struggle with Alzheimer’s disease inspired her to give to the local Alzheimer’s Association. Lillian was an avid supporter of a multitude of charitable organizations in Central New York. She was a board member of Temple Adath Yeshurun and a member of the Corinthian Club, the Cavalry Club, the Humane Society and the ASPCA. She created this fund to provide annual support the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter for research and general needs.

Jennifer Daniels Fund

Dr. Jennifer Daniels graduated from Nottingham High School in 1975. She supported herself through college, earning degrees from three Ivy League colleges. She operated a family medical practice on the Southside of Syracuse. She created this fund to help students pursuing higher education through On Point for College.

Marie C. Bean Harris Fund

Marie Bean was born in 1936 on her grandfather’s farm in Pennsylvania. In 1963, she moved to the Auburn area and worked for 25 years at the Cayuga County Laboratory. During her professional years, she was active in the Medical Technology and Cytotechnology Association. Marie created this fund to provide support for charitable organizations in Cayuga County.

Agency Funds

ARISE Future Fund
ARISE at the Farm Legacy Fund

ARISE is a community-based organization that works to ensure that everyone, regardless of disability, has the power to make life choices and achieve their dreams. The organization offers educational and recreational programming for people with disabilities so they can live freely and independently. ARISE at the Farm is the organization’s accessible, inclusive recreation center located on a 77-acre working horse farm in Chittenango, NY.

AURORA Legacy Fund
AURORA Endowment Fund

AURORA is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in vision and hearing rehabilitation services. For 100 years, AURORA has been a leader in the field of community advocacy, education and the promotion of best practices that serve people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind throughout Central New York.


Farmers Market Federation Endowment Fund

The Farmers Market Federation of New York is a grassroots membership organization of farmers and farmers market managers, sponsors and supporters. The organization works to increase the number and capacity of farmers markets in the state, develop the scope of professionalism in market management and improve the ability of markets to serve their farmers, their consumers and their host communities.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center Fund

The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education. The organization offers a safe, child-friendly process for abused children and their families, supported by a committed, professional team specializing in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

SAGE Upstate Endowment Fund

SAGE Upstate promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Central New York as they age. The organization serves residents of Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties. SAGE Upstate provides health and wellness programming, support groups, social activities and education for health care providers about the needs of older LGBT people.

Southern Madison Heritage Trust Fund

Southern Madison Heritage Trust works to conserve, for public benefit, natural resources in and around the townships of Brookfield, Eaton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Lebanon and Madison in Madison County. The organization strives to protect land, water, unique habitats, scenic landscapes, recreational sites and historic features through stewardship, public education and support of practices that advance natural resource conservation.

St. David’s Episcopal Church Endowment Fund

The church, located in Dewitt, created this fund to provide support for its mission in perpetuity.


Scholarship Fund

Peter N. Whitcher Scholarship Fund

Peter Whitcher was one of the original organizers of the American labor movement. He was district representative of the International Association of Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers for 39 years. Peter created this fund to distribute scholarship awards to eligible sons and daughters of members and deceased members of the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York.

Sharon L. & Thomas F. Cavanaugh Fund

Sharon and Thomas Cavanaugh created this fund to provide an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from the Fabius-Pompey School District with preference for children and grandchildren of Pompey Hill Fire Department volunteers in good standing who demonstrate financial need, serve the community and maintain good grades.


Donor-Advised Funds

Adam Frank Memorial Fund

Carol Schmeiser Fund

Charles & Dora Fund

GetLivin Foundation

Grabau Family Fund

Judy Morgan Community Fund

Littlefoot & Franklin Fund

Pauline J. Sharp Fund

Price-Crocker Family Fund

Tanya & Blake Dillon Family Fund

Accordino Family Fund

Frances & Gay Pomeroy Family Fund

LFM Fund

Steven A. Endieveri Memorial Fund

Yaman Foundation

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