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Community Foundation Announces New Hire

The Central New York Community Foundation has hired a new accountant. Kymberle Benderski joined the Community Foundation as an Accountant. She is responsible for day-to-day accounting activities and assists with the Community Foundation’s financial reporting. Kymberle, who is from Penfield, NY, received her accounting degree from SUNY Brockport. She lives in North Syracuse with her husband and two dogs, King

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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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Letty Murray: Subtly Extraordinary

There was nothing average about Letty Murray. She was subtly extraordinary and inspired many to mirror her generosity, kindness and responsibility. In her nearly ten decades of life, she created relationships which were woven into the fabric of giving. Before Laetitia ‘Letty’ Meachem Murray was born, her family was already known for greatness and generosity. She was a descendant of

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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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Indian Cultural Center Raises Money for Community-at-Large

For more than 35 years, the India Community Religious and Cultural Center (ICRCC) has been a vibrant organization that is fulfilling its mission to share and promote India’s rich cultural and religious heritage in the greater Syracuse area and support the community-at-large. This year when the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic reached our region, Dr. Shridevi Karikehalli, pathologist at the

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Seven Local Organizations Graduate from Leadership Training Program

Leaders from seven local grassroots and nonprofit organizations recently graduated from The Leadership Classroom (TLC), an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. After participating in monthly training sessions over the course of a year, each group received a $3,500 grant to implement a community project that is proposed and planned during their training. Each organization is addressing a

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Lead Poisoning in the Time of COVID-19

Finding safe, lead-free housing in Syracuse was an issue before COVID-19 caused a global upheaval. But now, during a pandemic that has led to financial strain across our community, the risk of childhood lead poisoning is amplified. New York State and the nation are currently in an eviction moratorium, which means that tenants who have experienced hardship due to the

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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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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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