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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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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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Pete’s Perspectives: The Virtues of Donor-Advised Funds in the Time of COVID-19

On December 30, 1960, Syracuse residents Gil and Letty Murray created the first donor-advised fund at the Central New York Community Foundation – the H. Gillis and Letty M. Murray Fund – using the cash balance of a paid-up life insurance policy. The Community Foundation is 93 years old this year and for 60 of those years, we have been

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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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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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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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