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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Caeresa Richardson

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Caeresa Richardson had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I am greatly influenced by my older sister Shequeila Birdsong, who took a charitable approach to her role as “big sister” in

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Calvin Corriders

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Calvin Corriders had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I have become charitable because it’s one way for me to repay all of the generosity I have benefitted from over the

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Celebrating 10 Years of Reading Opportunities for Children in Central New York

Reading can be a fundamental tool to prepare and accelerate a child’s academic performance. That’s why the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) to Central New York in May 2010. What started as a small seed blossomed into thousands of children and families around the county now practicing early literacy lessons. When families register

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Joe Lee

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Joe Lee had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   My 30+ year career in public media has given me a unique perspective on community need and community service. Working at public radio

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THE REV THEATRE COMPANY: USING THE ARTS TO EDUCATE OUR YOUTH

The power of the arts goes beyond providing culture, entertainment, and enjoyment. It is also a useful tool for educational purposes. The Rev Theatre Company (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), or The Rev, found a way to take its arts programming on the road to use the creativity and artistry of theatre to educate youth all over New York State. The Rev

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FM’s Model United Nations Club Donates to COVID-19 Community Support Fund

Each year, more than 600 students from around the Central New York area gather for the CNY Model United Nations (UN) Conference, hosted by the Fayetteville-Manlius (FM) Model UN Club. In addition to their regular Model UN activities, which include learning about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations, the students and their director, Kate Gross, collect money to donate

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ANIMAL SHELTER PIVOTS PROGRAMMING TO HELP ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping children off at daycare was an everyday activity for many parents. As daycares began to close, healthcare workers and essential employees were in need of immediate childcare more than ever. The Haven at Skanda (Skanda), a nonprofit organization located in Cazenovia that pairs rescue animals with children in need of support, quickly responded by

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Say Yes Syracuse Joins Forces with CNY Community Foundation

When Say Yes to Education established a Syracuse chapter in 2008 to ensure that all Syracuse City School District (SCSD) students would have the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education, the long-term goal was for the chapter to become independently governed and administered at the local level. We are pleased to report that that day has come. Beginning July 1,

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COVID-19: CNYCF and Philanthropy Center Update

As local businesses and nonprofit organizations start to reopen 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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Sororities’ Joint Effort to Raise COVID-19 Funding

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many Central New York residents stepped up to the plate to help in creative ways, even those who do not live here permanently. In late March, thirteen sorority chapters of the Panhellenic Council at Syracuse University joined forces to raise money for those impacted by COVID-19 by using a unique fundraising strategy. The Panhellenic Council

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