John Ben Snow Memorial Trust Donates $10,000 for COVID-19 Relief

In response to needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust donated $10,000 to the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund (“Pulaski Fund”), bringing the fund’s total available grantmaking dollars to nearly $40,000 this year.

“The Greater Pulaski community is eternally grateful to the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust for its extremely generous donation to the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund,” said Tina Lane, chair of the Pulaski Fund advisory committee. “This donation is a testament to how our community unifies, especially during times of crisis. On behalf of the Fund, I would like to thank the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust for its continued support.”

In March, the Pulaski Fund announced that it was focusing its 2020 grantmaking on supporting the needs of Pulaski and town of Richland residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is accepting both donations and grant requests at

“While dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some residents face disproportionate challenges due to unexpected time off from work, unplanned child or health care expenses and lack of access to adequate food and shelter.” said Lane. “The $10,000 contribution from The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust will increase the fund’s capacity to assist more people.”

The Pulaski Fund is now accepting grant applications on a rolling basis with no application deadline. These grants are intended to help our community respond to the challenges caused by the pandemic by addressing the basic needs of residents. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. All donations made during this time will be added to the current year’s resources for the fund and used for the purpose described above.

Gifts can be made online at or by check made payable to “CNY Community Foundation” with a note “for Pulaski COVID support”. Checks should be mailed to “CNY Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, New York 13202” or by contacting Thomas Griffith, (315) 883-5544 or

Eligibility criteria and the application process for nonprofits requesting funding are now available at


The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund is a union of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community that makes grants to support programs and projects of importance to the area. Established in 1991 with seed funding from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust and sustained through critical community matching challenge grants, the endowment exists to ensure that the citizens of the Pulaski area have a means of supporting the nonprofit services and resources that are so important to the vitality of a community. Since its inception, the Fund has provided nearly $375,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing community needs in the Village of Pulaski and the Town of Richland. People can learn more about the Fund and contribute at The Pulaski Fund is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.



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