Category Archives: CNYCF News

Pete’s Perspectives: The Role of Civic Engagement in the Fabric of our Nation

As I walked through Hanover Square in downtown Syracuse recently on my way between appointments, I was surprised to find a plaque memorializing an 1831 visit to Syracuse by Alexis de Tocqueville during his tour of the United States and Canada. De Tocqueville was a French aristocrat, government official, social reformer and political theorist visiting our country to do a

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Baltimore Woods: Walking a Path of Longevity

The weather is warming and many with spring fever are looking to get out on the trails, such as those at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, a 182-acre nature preserve in Marcellus that offers several on-site nature day camps and public programs. Almost 20 years ago, Baltimore Woods established an agency fund at the Community Foundation to implement a long-term funding

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Community Foundation Announces New Hires and Promotions

April 22, 2019 – The Central New York Community Foundation has hired two employees and promoted five. Terri Evans, Receptionist Terri joined us in December as our receptionist. She is responsible for greeting callers and visitors to the Philanthropy Center and providing administrative support to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Community Foundation. Terri holds a bachelor’s degree

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Grant Opportunities Available for Initiatives that Support Women and Girls

April 18, 2019 – The Women’s Fund of Central New York (Women’s Fund) invites grant applications from nonprofit organizations whose primary focus is to address key issues affecting women and girls in Central New York. Nonprofit charitable organizations determined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code (IRS), that provide services directly to women and girls in

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Speiser Fund Announces Grant Awards

April 15, 2019 – The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund awarded $4,031 to local nonprofit projects meeting a vocational need for individuals with disabilities. The Speiser Fund is a component of the Central New York Community Foundation. Arc of Onondaga received $1,501 to help individuals secure competitive employment through the use of assessment tools that assist in identifying their career

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$55,000 Infused into Cortland County through Grant Program

Cortland, NY (April 5, 2019) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $55,000 in the second year of its Cortland County Bright Ideas grants to eleven nonprofit organizations. This is the most awarded so far in Cortland Bright Ideas history. Each received a $5,000 grant toward a program enhancement. The grants were made possible by contributions from the Fenstermacher

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Vera House Makes Big Move, Seeks Help from Community

Charlotte is a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. When she found herself in a dangerous situation with nowhere to turn, she drummed up the courage to call Vera House. Upon arrival at the shelter, she experienced warmth, compassion and comfort—feelings she hadn’t felt in years. “The night I was picked up by a Vera House staff member was terrifying

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