Tag Archives: equity

Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Beginning of our Journey

No matter where you come from, what you look like, or how much money your family has, everyone should have what they need to learn, grow, and thrive. However, opportunity in America has traditionally depended on who you are and where you come from. Policies, practices, and beliefs—rooted in history and still affecting people today—continue to oppress, exclude and prevent

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More than $250,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

The Community Foundation recently awarded a second round of grants from its new Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. Fifteen grants were distributed, totaling $252,194: 411 Publishing & Media (Fiscal Sponsor: OnPoint for College) received $11,000 to create the Syracuse Black Expo Business Online Directory that will

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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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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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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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