Category Archives: CNYCF News

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

No matter where you come from, what you look like, or how much money your family has, everyone should have what they need to learn, grow, and thrive. However, opportunity in America has traditionally depended on who you are and where you come from. Policies, practices, and beliefs—rooted in history and still affecting people today—continue to oppress, exclude and prevent

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Grant Opportunity Open to Cortland County Nonprofits

Cortland, NY (January 6, 2021) – The Central New York Community Foundation is offering a grant opportunity to Cortland County nonprofit organizations this winter. Nonprofit applicants are invited to submit their ‘bright idea’ for enhancing their organization to better serve the community if they were to receive a $5,000 grant. The simple online form can be accessed at cnycf.org/cortland and

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More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. Fifteen grants were distributed, totaling $252,194: 411 Publishing & Media (Fiscal Sponsor: OnPoint for College) received $11,000 to create the Syracuse Black Expo Business Online Directory that will

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New Service in Madison County Helps Students Advance Educational Dreams

It can be especially hard for students living in remote rural communities to access transportation for college visits, receive information on available scholarships and get answers to financial aid questions. A new service expansion into Madison County will help students more easily find the healthy support system they need as they explore opportunities for a higher education. Since 1999, On

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Community Foundation Announces New Hire

The Central New York Community Foundation has hired a new accountant. Kymberle Benderski joined the Community Foundation as an Accountant. She is responsible for day-to-day accounting activities and assists with the Community Foundation’s financial reporting. Kymberle, who is from Penfield, NY, received her accounting degree from SUNY Brockport. She lives in North Syracuse with her husband and two dogs, King

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Pete’s Perspectives: Welcoming Say Yes Syracuse to the Community Foundation

Back in the summer of 2008, literally a month after I arrived in Syracuse to join the Community Foundation, I met with leaders of Say Yes to Education and the Syracuse City School District (SCSD). They presented the outlines of an emerging partnership to expand college access for SCSD students in collaboration with local partners, including the City of Syracuse,

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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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Data Measurement Assisting Nonprofits During COVID-Times

November 19, 2020 – The Central New York Community Foundation is distributing more than $128,000 in grants to help local nonprofit organizations measure and demonstrate program impact. This comes at a time when the sector is experiencing uncertainty due to consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Central New York and across the nation, nonprofit organizations are experiencing devastating impacts as

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‘Popping the Question’ About Charitable Giving: Anne Ruffer

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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Age Is Nothing but a Number When It Comes to Giving Back

Support for charities comes in many forms from people of all ages. This summer, three ninth graders at West Genesee High School took to the pavement leg after leg as they ran 24 miles to raise money for organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. When the young women observed and recognized how the pandemic had drastically impacted members of their community

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