Pulaski Endowment Fund Receives Charitable Gifts

January 8, 2013 (Pulaski, NY) – Before the Pulaski Early Learning Center closed for business last year, the nonprofit decided to donate its remaining assets to the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund (Pulaski Fund) and the United Way of Oswego County. The Central New York Community Foundation, where the Pulaski Fund is housed, recently received $32,000 from the Pulaski Early Learning Center to be added to the Pulaski Fund.

The Pulaski Early Learning Center was committed to helping children develop socially, physically, intellectually and emotionally through its educational programs. This gift will allow the Pulaski Early Learning Center’s mission to continue locally through the Pulaski Fund’s grantmaking.

Additionally the Pulaski Fund raised $10,295 in its 2012 fundraising drive. Gifts from individuals and business contributors helped the Fund’s Advisory Committee attain $10,295 in matching dollars from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, bringing the total raised this year to $20,590.

The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund was established in 1992 to provide financial resources to nonprofit organizations serving the Village of Pulaski and Town of Richland. Since its inception, the Fund has supported the arts & culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services programming of the area with more than $200,000 in grants. In 2012, grants totaling $13,719 were awarded to: CNY Fit for Kids, Half-Shire Historical Society, Northern Oswego County Ambulance (NOCA), Pulaski Historical Society, Salmon River Fine Arts Center and The Salmon River Festival.

The Fund was established as a union of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community. It makes grants to support programs and projects of importance to the Pulaski area. Since inception, the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust has been a great supporter in growing the Fund. As a fundraising incentive to the Advisory Committee, the Trust has matched contributions from individual and business donors for the past 14 years.

The Pulaski Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org.

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