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More than $500,000 Awarded to Support Local Organizations

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January 14, 2021- The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $539,877 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through its Community Grantmaking program. The program funds projects in the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment. A Tiny Home for Good Syracuse received $35,000 to restore property that will

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Letty Murray: Subtly Extraordinary

There was nothing average about Letty Murray. She was subtly extraordinary and inspired many to mirror her generosity, kindness and responsibility. In her nearly ten decades of life, she created relationships which were woven into the fabric of giving. Before Laetitia ‘Letty’ Meachem Murray was born, her family was already known for greatness and generosity. She was a descendant of

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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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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Make a Difference

By Jan Lane When the filmed version of Hamilton debuted on Disney Plus in July, it reignited interest in the widely acclaimed Broadway play about America’s “ten-dollar founding father.” Along with its resurgence in the public consciousness came a fresh set of questions about the work’s portrayal of American history and Hamilton’s legacy. It is this idea of legacy –

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‘Popping the Question’ About Charitable Giving: David Holstein

A U.S. Trust study found that people want their financial advisors to ask them about charitable giving. In fact, a third of clients surveyed think the topic of charitable giving should be raised in the very first meeting. Yet fewer than half feel their advisors are good at discussing personal or charitable goals with them. Wondering how to start a conversation about

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Grants Support Local Organizations Impacted by COVID-19

A total of $685,925 in grants made to 24 nonprofits in Madison & Onondaga counties. August 4, 2020– Guided by the Council on Foundation’s pledge to “act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners, as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19,” the Central New York Community Foundation responded to COVID-19 by adjusting

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A total of $685,925 in grants made to 24 nonprofits in Madison & Onondaga counties.

Guided by the Council on Foundation’s pledge to “act with fierce urgency to support our nonprofit partners, as well as the people and communities hit hardest by the impacts of COVID-19,” the Central New York Community Foundation responded to COVID-19 by adjusting its spring Community Grant round to prioritize emergency relief efforts in Onondaga and Madison counties. The Council on

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