Future Fund to Award 2013 Grantee at Awards Reception

May 8, 2013 (Syracuse, NY) – The Future Fund of Central New York will award The Salvation Army’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program  a $5,000 grant at its annual Grant Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at PJ’s Pub & Grill in Syracuse. The Salvation Army was chosen from eight grant applications submitted to the fund’s focus area for 2013 – assisting veterans and their families.

The SSVF program is a collaborative effort between the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County. The program helps homeless veterans and their families transition from emergency shelter into permanent housing. The Future Fund grant will allow the agency to purchase furniture for these families as they settle into their new homes.

To register for the grant awards event, go to futurefund2013.eventbrite.com  Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Each year, the Future Fund members vote on a focus area for its grant award. This year’s focus area was on projects that assist veterans and their families. When all applications were received, the Fund’s members voted to choose the top three projects. Members were then invited to visit the organizations, meet staff and learn more about the applicants before choosing the final award recipient.

The Future Fund is always looking for people interested in active philanthropy to become new members. Visit futurefundofcny.org or call (315) 422-9538 to join.  Annual membership is $100.

Since its inception in 2004, the Future Fund has awarded nine grants, totaling $45,000 to Central New York organizations. The Future Fund of Central New York is a giving circle established to involve and empower emerging philanthropists to make the Central New York community a better place to live and work. Its members are involved in building a charitable endowment and providing grants in program areas that change each year based on the vote of the membership. According to the Washington, D.C.-based New Ventures in Philanthropy, giving circles are one of the fastest growing philanthropic trends nationwide.

For more information, visit futurefundofcny.org. The Future Fund of Central New York 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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