Category Archives: CNYCF News

OG’s Against Violence: Rebuilding the “Village” of Syracuse

In just over five years, Clifford Ryan has prevented 43 shootings, over 100 stabbings and countless physical fights. He does this by stepping into the middle of disputes and offering moments of consideration: Is it worth it? Think of the outcomes. Is this the appropriate response right now? Ryan, a life-long Syracuse resident and founder of OG’s Against Violence, is

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Community Foundation Announces Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council

The Central New York Community Foundation has launched a new Advisory Council for its racial equity funding priority. The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations as well as identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community. Members represent a

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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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First Grants Awarded from Black Equity & Excellence Fund

September 29, 2020 – The Community Foundation recently awarded the first round of grants from its newly established Black Equity & Excellence Fund. In June, the Community Foundation announced that it was committing $1 million over the next few years to support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. In its first round of funding twelve grants were

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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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