New Strategic Framework

While this year signifies our 90-year anniversary, we also celebrate an exciting evolution. Over time, our focus on encouraging the growth of local charitable funds and distributing grants to improve the quality of life in our region has aligned with our ever-expanding roles as a respected community leader, trusted philanthropic advisor and a powerful change agent across a wide range of issues.

These advances present us with an opportunity to sharpen our focus. In the following pages, we present our Strategic Framework for the next five years. We strive to support our community in the following ways:

  • Motivate local philanthropy, capture stories of our donors’ charitable aspirations and inspire legacies that create permanent charitable capital for the benefit of Central New York.
  • Serve as a broad-based, locally focused foundation that is nimble and responsive in the face of changing needs.
  • Promote collaboration to spread the reach of focused initiatives, leverage additional resources and engage partners who share our values and goals.
  • Expand our potential to create positive change by deploying our resources in new ways.
  • Commit to operational excellence and foster the effective and efficient use of the resources entrusted to us.


This framework is designed to be dynamic — encouraging refinement based on what we learn as we proceed. The following plan identifies how we will rise to the challenge of being a valuable choice for local donors, an impactful force for good and a financially sound, sustainable resource able to serve Central New York today, tomorrow and forever.

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