Robert B. Salisbury is a lifelong member of the Central New York philanthropic community. His family has roots in Syracuse business development, and his great grandfather was president of Onondaga Pottery Company (later renamed Syracuse China). He is a member of the Williams College Alumni Association of Syracuse at the University Club and an active supporter of many nonprofit organizations including the Everson Museum of Art.
“I am a fifth-generation Syracusan. My parents and family members had a history of financial support and personal commitment to the community. My father was heavily involved in the YMCA, Syracuse Stage and the Everson Museum while my mother became the first woman president of the Syracuse Home Association and also devoted time and treasure to the Everson Museum. Needless to say, giving was a part of my upbringing.
When I received the invitation to join the Community Foundation Board in 1987, it just made sense to say yes. Back then it was a bricks and mortar organization; it had limited funds and donor-advised funds were just becoming recognized as a way of building the Foundation. It was the beginning of significant growth for the Foundation and was an exciting time to be involved.
My service on the board reinforced my belief that people who live and work in the community need to support it.”