Supporting Cayuga Community Fund This Giving Tuesday

By Jon Wilcox

I always look forward to this time of the year at my parent’s house when we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving.  In recent years, everyone at the table takes a moment to explain what they are thankful for.  When we first started doing it, I was a bit skeptical but now it is probably one of the highlights to the day.  From my nieces to my sons, my siblings to my parents; the different perspectives on what each individual is thankful for puts a huge smile on my face and brings warmth to my heart.  In times when we are constantly bombarded with negative stories, it’s good to give thanks and understand that we are fortunate to have the lives we have and the people that make it so special.

So as Cyber Monday comes to an end, let’s not forget about Giving Tuesday.  This new tradition started a few years ago to remind us to think of others after a few days of shopping for families. To give to local nonprofit organizations which help our communities and bring cheer to so many organizations that make Cayuga County an amazing place to raise a family. This year I would like people to consider the Cayuga Community Fund on Giving Tuesday as it is an amazing organization that does so much for Cayuga County.

In 2016, I was asked to join the Cayuga Community Fund Leadership Council.  I honestly had never heard of the fund but knew most of the current council members and had a great deal of respect for them as well.  After researching the fund, I was amazed to find out how many local nonprofits the Cayuga Community Fund has helped and immediately joined the council. We are invested in the community and every grant awarded supports a nonprofit serving Cayuga County.  Last year, we celebrated the fund’s 10th anniversary with a party at Auburn Public Theater (also a grant recipient).  The event featured live performances by grantees Perform 4 Purpose, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and Auburn Chamber Orchestra, with many more of the fund’s supporter and grant recipients in attendance.  It was a great event and truly amazing to see how many different organizations have been helped with grants awarded by the Cayuga Community Fund.

Since 2010, the fund has awarded more than $400,000 in grants.  Just this year, the Cayuga Community Fund provided a total of $70,245 in grant awards to 22 nonprofit groups serving Cayuga County residents, including the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, the Seward House Museum, Food Bank of CNY, Peers in Cayuga County, SCCS Planetarium and the Sterling Historical Society, to name a few. Out of 41 applications for funding received this year, totaling $212,769.10, the grants represent funding in part or in full for 22 different projects.

With your help, we can continue to grow the grant funding available to these vital programs and services. Please consider donating to the Cayuga Community Fund by visiting  to make a gift to the endowment. Thank you for helping to keep our community vibrant!

To learn more about the fund, including how to give and support its future grantmaking capacity, visit

Jon Wilcox serves as Vice Chair of the Cayuga Community Fund Leadership Council. He resides in Cayuga County, where he works as Business Development Officer/AVP for Savannah Bank.


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