Community Foundation Names New Vice President and Appoints Senior Director

October 10, 2018 – The Central New York Community Foundation has appointed a new member to its executive leadership team; senior director also named.

Tom Griffith AEPC®, CAP®, ChFC® has been promoted to Vice President, Development. Tom joined the Community Foundation in 2013 as a Gift Planning Officer following a career as a financial advisor and nuclear engineering program manager for the U.S. Navy. Tom will engage with donors, local professional advisors and others, with the goal of creating and sustaining relationships that result in expanding the Community Foundation’s philanthropic capacity.

A nationally certified Accredited Estate Planner® and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, Tom serves as the chair of the YMCA’s Camp Iroquois advisory committee and is a cantor and trustee at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt. Tom also currently serves as a board officer of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York, as secretary of the board of directors of the Financial Planning Association of Central New York and is a member of the Upstate New York Planned Giving Council.

Monica Merante has been promoted to Senior Director, Philanthropic Services. Monica joined the Community Foundation as a Donor Relations Officer in 2012 after working for many years in the field of higher education fundraising. Monica will lead the Community Foundation’s donor stewardship and services efforts, oversee its constituent relations systems, coordinate procedures for fund administration and implement technology upgrades that will enhance online donor interface within the next year. Monica is a board member of the Advancement Network for Community Foundations and her alma mater Bishop Ludden Jr. Sr. High School. She has served on the White Ribbon Campaign committee for Vera House and Access CNY’s Community Relations and Resource Development committee. Monica is also a fitness instructor and lives in the city of Syracuse.




The Central New York Community Foundation was established in 1927 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families and businesses for the betterment of the region. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $272 million. It has invested more than $190 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.  Its vision is to create a vibrant Central New York community that provides opportunity for everyone and builds a hopeful, prosperous region for future generations.

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