CNYCF Awards Largest Arts and Culture Grant in its 90-Year History

Nearly $700,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison counties

June 27, 2017 – The Central New York Community Foundation announced today that the single largest grant to an arts & cultural organization in its 90 year history will go to the Everson Museum of Art. The $150,000 in funding will be used to make repairs to its front podium to halt leakage into the building.

The Everson’s facility, built in 1968, was the first museum building designed by internationally-acclaimed architect I. M. Pei., who went on to design many famous structures including the Pyramide du Louvre in Paris. His world-renowned open space plan put the museum at the forefront of contemporary architecture. Recently, the structure has suffered from water penetration and deteriorating walls that threatens to damage the valuable collections and artwork in storage.

The Community Foundation’s grant will be used to repair the Museum’s front podium and its accessibility ramp. The substantial renovation will ensure the building’s structural integrity, prevent water damage to its lower level collections and art in storage, and provide safe and flexible space for community engagement.

Over the past three years, the Museum’s board of trustees has focused its efforts on correcting its financial deficit and transitioning to a new Director and CEO. With renewed capacity, the Museum says it can now turn its attention to capital improvements, identifying a need for exterior and interior renovation of its historic and architecturally-significant structure.

“The Everson Museum is a great example of nonprofit resilience. When confronted with financial challenges, the museum’s board stepped up to create a plan to overcome its hardships and ensure its sustainability, said Peter Dunn, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Now is the right time for the Community Foundation to be making this significant award to the Everson. We believe the repairs to the building will allow the Museum to maintain and grow its vital role.”

The Museum has held a significant stature in the Central New York community for years for engaging diverse communities, inspiring curiosity and lifelong learning and contributing to the arts and culture fabric of our region. It houses a permanent collection of 11,000 works of art including American paintings, sculpture, drawings, video, graphics and one of the largest holdings of international ceramics in the nation.

“Our organization has worked tremendously hard over the past few years to improve our financial situation while continuing to provide our community with exceptional programs and exhibitions,” said Elizabeth Dunbar, director & CEO of the Museum. “Our board took the initiative to focus on reducing our financial deficit and maintaining the structural integrity of the building so that we can continue the Everson’s core operations and protect its position as one of Central New York’s premier arts and cultural institutions.”

The Museum is planning a major exhibition and symposium in 2018 to commemorate the building’s 50th anniversary. Renovations to the building will provide a cohesive site for its public gathering and will take the organization a step closer to its long-term vision of attracting the next generation of art lovers.

The Community Foundation also awarded the following grants to local nonprofit organizations:

ACR Health received $47,478 to hire a licensed mental health counselor for its Q Center. The Center serves as a safe space for LGBTQA youth to attend support groups, care management, drop-in hours and events.

American Red Cross of Central New York received $25,000 to support its Sound the Alarm, Save a Life smoke alarm installation and education program. The program will teach households in neighborhoods that do not have access to in-home fire safety checks how to safely install and manage fire alarms.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $35,460 to support its Daily 5 program, a literacy framework that builds effective lifelong learners in reading, writing and independent learning.

BRiDGES received $7,000 to establish a LGBTQA community coalition to implement community education programming and host events and support groups county-wide.

Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation received $6,900 to purchase and install digital audio visual upgrades including a new projector.

Chadwick Residence received $15,000 to renovate common areas with new furniture and accessories to create a more comfortable environment where women and their children feel empowered.

Christian Health Service of Syracuse received $32,330 to replace computers, network switches and firewalls in its clinic to ensure privacy of patient information.

The Cora Foundation/Art Rage Gallery received $11,625 to create a photography exhibition featuring portraits of local women who have broken gender boundaries and fought for gender equality.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County received $6,000 to create an online directory of farms in Madison County to boost community development and education of farms.

Family Counseling Services of Cortland County received $41,355 to purchase office equipment and furnishings for its new behavioral health clinic in Morrisville. The clinic will provide people living in the southern region of Madison County with access to quality behavioral health care services.

Hopeprint received $20,000 to support its Community Integration Coalition program that will help identify needs and direct refugee families to resources from a number of organizations upon resettlement.

Image Initiative received $15,000 to support the expansion of its CHOICES afterschool program for young women. The bi-weekly developmental program provides female youth from a diversity of neighborhoods with workshops focused on skill development and education.

Oneida Community Mansion House received $31,202 to purchase improved security systems to better monitor and protect mobility of impaired individuals.

Onondaga Earth Corps received $15,000 to design and implement a comprehensive and inclusive public input process for maintaining and growing Syracuse’s urban forest.

On Point for College received $45,000 to support the relocation of its headquarters to a larger, more efficient facility that supports programming and growth.

Skaneateles Lake Association received $27,000 to expand its Watershed Stewardship and educational programs to help protect lake water quality now and in the future.

Symphoria received $22,000 to support its Canal Concerts, a collaboration with the Erie Canal Museum to present a concert series in celebration of the Canal’s Bicentennial.

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice received $25,000 to install a wheelchair accessible ramp on its first floor to make the entrance accessible for all visitors.

Syracuse City Ballet received $15,000 to equip its new studio space that will allow the organization to increase the number of its performances and expand its youth outreach.

Tillie’s Touch received $15,000 to purchase a 15-passenger van for the organization’s travel soccer program to help transport sports equipment and school supplies.

WAER-FM88 received $25,000 to build an interactive website that expands awareness, initiates a conversation, and promotes civic engagement around poverty in Syracuse.

Women’s Opportunity Center received $55,000 to support its Journey to Success program, which works with low income women who need intensive preparation to become job ready.

These grants were awarded from the following charitable funds administered by the Community Foundation:

Anonymous 33, Charles F. Brannock Fund, Shirley M. Aubrey Fund, Community Fund, Community Literacy Fund, Mary Louise Dunn Fund, Viola M. Hall Fund, Flora Mather Hosmer Fund, Leo & Natalie Jivoff Fund,  Marjorie D. Kienzle Fund, Faith T. Knapp Memorial Fund, George & Luella Krahl Fund, Lettie H. Rohrig FOI Fund, Martha Fund, John F. Marsellus Fund, James & Aileen Miller Charitable Fund, Donald W. Ryder Fund, Ralph Myron Sayer and Sophrona Davis Sayer Endowment Fund, Syracuse Dispensary Fund, Spanfelner Fund, Walter A. Thayer Fund and William & Mary L. Thorpe Charitable Fund.

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 $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 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.

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