Community Foundation Funding Tornado Relief Efforts
July 15, 2014 (Smithfield, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation is contributing $5,000 to the Town of Smithfield to support cleanup efforts following the tornado that ripped through the area on July 8 with wind speeds upwards of 135 mph. The grant will help support extensive cleanup efforts in the areas most affected. Damage extended for miles from the site that the EF2 tornado touched down, caused in part by the scattering debris from demolished homes.
“Our condolences go out to those severely impacted by this tragedy, especially those who lost family and friends,” said John Eberle, Vice President, Grants & Initiatives of the Community Foundation. “We are honored to join the hundreds of other individuals and organizations who have come together in support of the people of Smithfield.”
The grant will be awarded from the Ralph Myron Sayer & Sophrona Davis Sayer Endowment Fund, administered by the Community Foundation. Sophrona, a graduate of Madison High School, was employed as an accountant at Colgate University for more than 33 years. After Sophrona’s death in 2008, the fund was established with the remainder of her estate to benefit the efforts of nonprofit organizations in Madison County.
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region. The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.