Sara is an active board member and supporter of many local philanthropic organizations including the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College and Law. She and husband H. Douglas supported several community causes.
David Conner served on our board of directors in the 1980s.
Mary worked at Family Planning Services of the Onondaga County Health Department. She served on a variety of boards inclding the N.Y.S. Council of Adolescent Pregnancy, National Family Planning and Reproductive Rights, Urban League and N.Y.S. Food and Nutrition.
“I’ve been involved in social activity my whole life having grown up with a family that was very involved in the community. I was excited when I was asked to sit on the committee of the Community Foundation board that directed the money. There were many needs then, as there are now, and I was very happy to get involved in charitable giving and social need.
I fondly remember that during my time on the board there was an openness to new ideas. I found it a worthwhile and rich experience. There were different points of views represented and always a good conversation. I have been very impressed with the Community Foundation helping to address the needs in the education and hope to see it continue trying to stay in the forefront of addressing the major needs in the community.”
An active philanthropist in the Central New York community, Noreen and her husband, Michael J. Falcone, are supporters of many local charitable organizations. She is affiliated with the Crouse Health Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Trustees at Le Moyne College.
Maceo served as central region public relations manager for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. He was also president Syracuse Boys’ Club Youth Foundation.
Eddie became a CPA after graduating from Syracuse University. He later attended law school at SU and went on to establish the firm Green and Seifter. During his professional career he served on many boards including the Syracuse Symphony, the Syracuse Jewish Federation, Everson Museum, Syracuse Stage, the Gifford Foundation, and the Interreligious Council. He maintained his practice until retiring in 2000, at which point he founded an investment advisory firm, Edward S. Green & Associates, in association with his daughter Nancy. Eddie passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2017, following complications from a stroke on Valentine’s Day.
“During my board service we considered buying the philanthropy center. I said ‘Don’t be afraid to buy it…This is going to be your home for the next 100 years.’ It’s been a really beautiful addition to the community and a wonderful place to have a heart for giving, in a location that you can touch, and feel, and see and walk in and out of. In recent years I have enjoyed watching the Community Foundation grow. They are a tremendous force, their attitudes are good, and they are active with new ideas and thoughts.”
Bud enjoyed a distinguished insurance career with Haylor, Freyer, & Coon. In 1988, he was named an Insurance Person of Distinction by Liberty Mutual Insurance. He and his wife Nancy are dedicated public servants in Central New York. In 2001, the couple received a Meritorious Service to the Community award from the University College of Syracuse University.
“My family was always involved in community affairs. I was taught that we were fortunate and should share that fortune with others when possible. When I joined the Community Foundation board, there were only two staff members that we worked with – Peggy Ogden and Dottie Irish – both of whom were outstanding women. I fondly remember the time we spent going through many grant requests and the fine projects we funded. The Foundation has certainly evolved since then and I have seen strong marketing campaigns, educational nonprofit events, and many other programs we didn’t do back then. It’s great to see how far the Foundation has come. It is doing a wonderful job getting out in the community, telling them what it’s doing, and making a difference.”
Richard is a business professional who has enjoyed a successful career in retail and wholesale trade. He received his degree in business administration and management from Syracuse University in 1970. He is the current executive vice president and owner of Profit Motivators, an electrical supply store in Syracuse. He has been with the company since 1988. He is active in the philanthropic community of Central New York and his personal hobbies include aviation.
“My family was very involved in the community and I followed in their footsteps to some degree. I have very fond memories from my time on the Community Foundation board. I was truly flattered to receive the invitation to join, as I had some familiarity of the organization at the time. I remember meeting at Noreen Falcone’s home to discuss the strategic plan and how impressed I was with her energy, enthusiasm and leadership. It is amazing to see the organization having grown nearly ten times the size since I was on the board.”
Robert J. Hughes, was Partner at Harte, Secrest & Emery. He served as Chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section and lectured throughout Central New York. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital Foundation. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Saratoga Performing Arts Council, Saratoga Springs, New York .Bob graduated from the University of NotreDame (AB. with high honors, 1966) and the Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1969). He was a member of the New York Bar (1969) and the Florida Bar (1979) and a Fellow in the American College of Probate Counsel.
Clarence is a lifelong philanthropist in the Central New York area. He led the Syracuse Rescue Mission Alliance for 40 years. He grew it to become the largest Rescue Mission in the United States. After retiring in 2001, he became the development director for Mercy Works, a youth development organization that provides educational opportunities for inner city middle and high school students.
“I hate to think what this community would be like if we didn’t have the Community Foundation! It has touched the lives of thousands of lives throughout Upstate NY.”