Community Foundation Announces New Hire and Promotion

April 3, 2018 – The Central New York Community Foundation has hired one employee and promoted one.

Kari Simpkins was hired as Program Associate. She assists with the implementation of the community grant program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs. A native of Rochester, New York, Simpkins attended Syracuse University and holds a degree in Child and Family Studies with a focus in Youth and Family Development. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Simpkins was the Teen Program Coordinator for Girls Inc. at the YWCA, where her duties consisted of the coordination and implementation of afterschool programs, creating evidenced-based programs for girls ages 5-18 and supervising interns.

Dashiell Martinez was promoted to Senior Program Associate. She previously held the position of Program Associate. Martinez assists the implementation of the community grant program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs. She currently serves on the board of directors of You Can’t Fail, Inc.

 

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 $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 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.

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