For 90 years, the Community Foundation has been helping those who care about Central New York to fulfill their charitable goals and enrich the local community. By leveraging their gifts with others, we help residents make a meaningful and lasting difference.

Behind each of our charitable funds and gifts is a unique story. While there are a myriad of reasons why our donors choose to give to the Community Foundation, they all have something in common: they share a genuine commitment to strengthening our region and they believe in the power of fostering a source of community-based capital that will invest in our region’s well-being — today and for many years to come.

Gifts from thousands of donors have built an endowment for the region that now includes more than 700 charitable funds and it continues to grow. Thanks to generous estate gifts designed by donors to be flexible, many of these funds support our Community Grant program, allowing us to proactively address the changing needs of the community and support innovative responses.

The Community Foundation’s affiliate funds, including the Cayuga Community Fund, Oswego County Community Foundation and Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund, help neighbors preserve permanent charitable resources for the benefit of their regions’ nonprofit work. The Women’s Fund of Central New York supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York. Combined, these affiliate funds have awarded nearly $1 million in grants, demonstrating the strength and impact that a union of gifts can have when paired with the power of endowment and careful financial stewardship.

Giving Stories for Generations

Engaging in giving allows each of us to leave our own personal mark on the world. Every donor has a unique story and each charitable legacy is an important part of our communal history. For 90 years, individuals and families have entrusted their stories with the Community Foundation so that they may have an impact in the community beyond
their lifetimes.

Our staff guides donors through the process of creating Legacy Plans that help them to connect with their motivations for giving and preserve their charitable legacies for years to come. By documenting their giving stories, they construct a roadmap for successive generations to access their giving intentions and inspirations even after they are gone.

Those who intend to leave a future gift to the Community Foundation through their estates join our Legacy Society. We know of more than 150 people in our community today who have made this commitment, trusting us to carefully steward their legacies for generations.

We strive each day to record the stories of thoughtful Central New Yorkers. Their generosity will make a difference that endures for generations to come.