Summer Fellows Learn Life Skills and Earn Money During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you had asked Joe Horan in February what his summer was going to look like, he wouldn’t have said spending time with 40 Syracuse-area youth in Zoom meetings. However, when his youth mentorship organization, Building Men, was asked to move its life skills training to a virtual program due to COVID-19, he quickly started planning the agenda. Now, that

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Child Care Scholarships Provide Families with Support During time of Need

Families across the country are still facing many challenges from the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic forced child care centers to limit their intake, leaving many families in need of assistance without services, and some even closed permanently. Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County (CCEOC) has provided a ray of hope through this stressful time by expanding its programming to address the

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Enhancing Business Opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

When a business is certified to contract through New York State it opens the door to a network of opportunities and resources. According to the U.S. Census data from 2016, Central New York is home to over 10,000 minority or women-owned businesses enterprises (MWBE), and yet less than 5% that are certified to contract through New York State. This means

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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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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Lisa Alford

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Lisa Alford had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   Through faith, family and fellowship. My family taught me how people can give in various ways. My parents were both active in

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Caeresa Richardson

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Caeresa Richardson had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I am greatly influenced by my older sister Shequeila Birdsong, who took a charitable approach to her role as “big sister” in

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Black Philanthropy Month | Our Donors Respond | Calvin Corriders

August is Black Philanthropy Month! We asked our donors how they came to be philanthropists. Here’s what Calvin Corriders had to say: How did you come to be charitable? Were there influences in your life that got you started?   I have become charitable because it’s one way for me to repay all of the generosity I have benefitted from over the

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Celebrating 10 Years of Reading Opportunities for Children in Central New York

Reading can be a fundamental tool to prepare and accelerate a child’s academic performance. That’s why the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) to Central New York in May 2010. What started as a small seed blossomed into thousands of children and families around the county now practicing early literacy lessons. When families register

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