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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Community Foundation Announces New Board Members and Officer

On June 17, 2020, the Central New York Community Foundation board of directors elected three new members and appointed a new officer. The following new members were appointed to serve their first three-year term: William H. Brower, Vice President, Communications & Advancement, Le Moyne College Bill has 32 years of experience working in higher education advancement. He is skilled in

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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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Quick Changes Help Agencies Maintain Services During Health Crisis

Vera House was about a week from its annual White Ribbon Walk when the coronavirus pandemic upended plans for its fundraising and domestic and sexual violence awareness campaign. By March 12 Central New York businesses and schools were shutting down, and Vera House moved its monthlong campaign online to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus. As organizations canceled events and businesses

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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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