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COVID-19: CNYCF and Philanthropy Center Update

As local businesses and nonprofit organizations regain their footing during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the health and safety of our partners, staff, and neighbors remain our top priorities. We are taking precautions in a way that allows us to continue our work, help those in need of resources and contribute to efforts that will limit the spread of the

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Indian Cultural Center Raises Money for Community-at-Large

For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been a vibrant organization that is fulfilling its mission to share and promote India’s rich cultural and religious heritage in the greater Syracuse area and support the community-at-large. This year when the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic reached our region, Dr. Shridevi Karikehalli, pathologist at the

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Beyond the Pond: The Deeper Role of Webster Pond

Duck pond stories don’t usually include Elvis impersonators, a history-making divorce, and sea salt caramel ice cream, but Webster Pond’s story is complex. Named after one of the first White settlers in the region who befriended members of the Onondaga Nation and then later betrayed them, the pond has outgrown its checkered past and landed on some of the best

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Community Foundation Announces Promotion

The Central New York Community Foundation has promoted Dashiell Elliott to Program Officer. She previously held the position of Program Manager. Dashiell is tasked with managing and implementing the Community Foundation’s grantmaking and associated programs that are designed to foster a thriving Central New York community. Elliott leads the Community Foundation’s new Black Equity and Excellence Fund, which supports community-based

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Lead Safety Visual Campaign Expands to Broader Community

The significant health risks associated with lead poisoning make awareness and education programs essential to every Syracuse resident, including those who don’t speak English. WCNY, the region’s local public broadcasting network, has created a way to communicate the complexities of this problem to all families, no matter the language they speak. “Lead poisoning can cause permanent damages on our children

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Matching Challenge Grants Issued to Support Arts During Pandemic

October 6, 2020 – The Central New York Community Foundation is issuing a matching challenge grant in the amount of $100,000 to the CNY Arts COVID-19 Impact Fund, which was established by CNY Arts to provide emergency support to the arts, cultural, and heritage industry in Central New York. Additional challenge grants have also been issued by the John Ben

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Seven Local Organizations Graduate from Leadership Training Program

Leaders from seven local grassroots and nonprofit organizations recently graduated from The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. After participating in monthly training sessions over the course of a year, each group received a $3,500 grant to implement a community project that is proposed and planned during their training. Each organization is addressing a

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Estate Planning Surge: Coronavirus Creates Renewed Interest in Wills and Estate Gifts

We asked our former board member and founder of the Scolaro Law Firm, Rob Scolaro, about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting his work as an estate-planning attorney and for his thoughts on creating and updating wills and estate plans. There have been news articles about more people getting their wills done or updated as a result of the COVID-19

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Lead Poisoning in the Time of COVID-19

Finding safe, lead-free housing in Syracuse was an issue before COVID-19 caused a global upheaval. But now, during a pandemic that has led to financial strain across our community, the risk of childhood lead poisoning is amplified. New York State and the nation are currently in an eviction moratorium, which means that tenants who have experienced hardship due to the

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Anonymous Donor Leaves $2.2 Million Gift to Local Charity

September 10, 2020 – An anonymous donor recently left a $2.2 million gift to the Central New York Community Foundation upon her passing. Her gift established an endowed fund that will support local nonprofit organizations providing healthcare and animal care. The donor’s professional advisor, J. Daniel Pluff of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, says that the benefactor lived modestly and wanted

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