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Your Story is Powerful (But Only if You Tell It)

By Jennifer Owens, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Central New York Community Foundation There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. For many, this quote by Maya Angelou provides inspiration to share our personal stories. When I read it, though, it sounds painful and overwhelming – and discourages me from putting pen to paper

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Grant Awarded to Enhance Early Childhood Education

Nearly $300,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison counties March 28, 2017 – Thanks to the generosity of two Syracuse women, children of Onondaga County will soon receive added literacy, health and child care services. The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $50,000 from the Martha Fund and the Shirley M. Aubrey Fund to the Early Childhood

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CNY Community Foundation Featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Central New York Community Foundation’s 5forCNY campaign – an effort to retain a portion of local assets for the betterment of our community – was recently featured in the December 2016 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the eminent independent news organization serving the field of philanthropy. You can read the article in its entirety below. Learn more about 5forCNY at

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On Giving Tuesday, Community Members Tell us What Matters in CNY

Five Online Contest Winners Announced; All Entries Displayed Online November 29, 2016 – In 2011, Rita Kimak was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus when the congregation was shaken with the news that their beloved pastor, Fr. Gregg LeStrange, had terminal cancer. It was a shock; he was only 55 years old and had always been so full

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Online Contest Asks the Question: What Matters to You in CNY?

October 26, 2016 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation wants to know: “What matters to you in Central New York?” Submit a creative entry that answers that question and you could be selected to direct a $500 grant to the local nonprofit organization of your choice. Entrants to the What Matters to You? Contest are encouraged to

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Cayuga Fund distributes more than $35,000 in grants

  July 20, 2016 (Cayuga, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $35,985 to 14 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County. ARISE – Auburn received $3,000 to fund the continuation and expansion of the Personal Care Bank program, which provides low-income clients with access to basic necessities such

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