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What Your Estate Planning Clients Wish You Were Asking

Nearly 75% of high net worth individuals consider charity to be an important consideration in their financial and estate planning, according to a survey conducted in 2013 by U.S. Trust. This sounds like good news for charities, but the data also highlights a breakdown in action by professional advisors that can derail these good intentions. Only about half of poll

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Artist Leaves Estate to Fund Benefiting Local Art Park

February 27, 2018 – When one of Central New York’s most prominent artists passed away last year, her estate named the Central New York Community Foundation the recipient of more than $1.6 million to preserve the local public art space that she considered her brightest accomplishment. Dorothy Riester was 100 years old when she passed away in July. Over the

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Philanthropic Foodies Combines Local Culinary Talent with Charitable Giving

Guests celebrating at the 2017 Philanthropic Foodies event

More than 200 local dining enthusiasts gathered at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo this past July to enjoy the samplings of local chefs at the Sixth Annual Philanthropic Foodies Culinary Showcase. While attendees enjoyed gourmet selections from some of the region’s most talented chefs – along with live music and an enthusiastic auction – more than $50,000 was being raised for

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Bethel Community Center in Pulaski Gets Second Life

Linda and Ron Crandall remember the Bethel Community Center, located at Port Ontario, as a community hub for residents of the greater Pulaski area. While growing up, they both attended square dances there a couple of times a month. The building, built in 1848, holds a long history in the small town. But for many years, the center faced neglect.

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Bellevue Heights’ New Playground Helps Children Learn through Play

When we watch children playing together on a playground, we see smiling faces, laughter and enjoyment as they climb obstacles, push swings and slide. But what we can’t see as easily is the critical development naturally taking place. “A child’s physical, social, emotional, and language development plays a critical role in his or hers success at school,” said Susan LaFex,

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Florida Residency: It Doesn’t Have to Change NYS Charitable Giving

By Marion Hancock Fish, Esq. Fall is here and Central New York snowbirds are making travel plans to flee the Empire State. While weather is certainly one reason to fly off to Florida, many snowbirds are heading south for another reason – to establish or maintain their non-New York residency for tax purposes. Recent changes in the law have reduced

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Jordan, NY Resident Leaves Estate Gift to Local Charities

In Cayuga and western Onondaga counties, children will have additional reading opportunities, more stray animals will find safe shelter and happy homes and residents will enjoy a vibrant parade. All of this thanks to the new Melvin E. Brown Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation; this fund was established by its namesake, a long-time Village of Jordan resident.

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