In 1927…

A loaf of bread cost 9 cents. Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. And the Ford Motor Company produced the last Ford Model T.

Closer to home, the first Syracuse Airport was established in Amboy. The Jefferson Clinton Hotel was built in Armory Square. A groundbreaking was held for the future Landmark Theatre.

And a group of community leaders established the Syracuse Foundation, which would eventually be renamed the Central New York Community Foundation.

As they envisioned it, the foundation would serve as a permanent and flexible source of funding available to respond to the needs of the entire community – even as those needs change.

And while much has changed since then, some things remain largely the same.

The desire to make a meaningful difference inspired the formation of the Community Foundation and continues to motivate individuals, families and organizations today. Together, we are addressing problems too big to solve alone.

As we look to the future, we will continue to invest in people, place and progress, while upholding the collective spirit of generosity bestowed upon us by all who came before. The same thing is true today that was true 90 years ago:

We are here for good.


What is the Community Foundation?

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges. Learn More