Monday, June 25, 2012

Community Foundation Awards $488,126 in Community Grants

Syracuse, NY (June 25, 2012) - The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $488,126 in grants to 21 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field‑of‑interest funds

Alzheimer’s Association received $12,500 to expand their constituent and donor database, which will enhance client services. This grant was funded in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

Brewerton Community Child Care Program received $7,000 to install a new playground for children of all ages. 

Catholic Charities received $50,000 to install Service Point, a data management system that improves case management. The system will help managers determine how individuals can access all beneficial services, advise clients about additional services available to them, and evaluate the need for new services.

Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank received $25,000 to purchase a Microkeratome machine, a precision surgical instrument used for corneal transplants. Obtaining this machine will improve patient outcomes and organizational efficiencies.

Children’s Center at SUNY Morrisville received $20,000 to furnish its newly expanded and renovated space. The Center serves students and faculty, as well as the greater Morrisville community.

Children’s Consortium received $18,399 to support the Get Ready to Read Workshop Series, which encourages a family approach to childhood literacy. This program focuses on advancing early literacy and encouraging parental involvement in the learning process.

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation received $20,901 to support communications activities related to existing, expanding, and modified programming for the upcoming season. The Foundation’s programs present, perform, and teach jazz music to a diverse audience in Central New York and the grant will help CNY Jazz Arts to grow its audience base.

Colgate University received $5,012 to support a Young Writer’s Workshop with middle and high school students, hosted five days a week. Its goal is to provide students with a stimulating and supportive environment in which young writers may think, imagine, and discover new ideas through the act of writing.

Downtown Committee of Syracuse received $28,813 to expand the number of hanging baskets displayed in Downtown Syracuse following a successful pilot last year.

Enable received $7,000 to install fencing around the accessible playground at its Court Street facility. Enable empowers people with disabilities to achieve their goals at home, school, work, and play.

From the Ground Up received $7,000 to support the purchase of a horse trailer. This organization provides horse related activities and riding skills to individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and learning disabilities in a nurturing and challenging environment.

George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation received $22,500 to support architectural drawings and project plans for the restoration of the Barnes Hiscock Mansion. This building remains a living connection to the history of Syracuse and the social conscience of many of its prominent mid-19th century residents.

Hamilton Food Cupboard received $8,000 to purchase and install a greenhouse unit to grow fresh produce. The Hamilton food pantry helps provide healthy food to those who live in Madison County.

Landmark Theatre Foundation received $40,000 to install a public elevator to provide access to the second floor mezzanine, where many private and community functions are held, as well as to balcony seating.

Literacy Volunteers received $8,336 to upgrade its server and purchase laptops to outfit its new location in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center building. Its vision is a community where every adult who wants to learn to read, write, and speak English has access to a fully integrated education system.

Liverpool Central School District received $19,225 to implement a program called Math and Movement at Long Branch Elementary. The program uses movement-based learning techniques to improve math and reading skills and build self-confidence in students.

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation (MOST) received $50,000 to support the Energy – Powering your Future exhibit, which focuses on energy generation and conservation. The museum offers state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions that entertain and teach people of all ages.

Skaneateles Festival received $3,240 to host a chamber music concert and community art show in collaboration with The Red House Arts Center.

St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center received $57,000 to install a new automatic sprinkler system in the nursing facility. This grant was funded in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH) received $75,000 to furnish the children’s resource room and counselor/client workspace, located in its new facility in the Learbury Centre. The integrated facility will have medical suites where people can have their medical, psychiatric and medication needs met in a modern, supportive environment.

Camillus Canal Society received $3,200 to construct ten exercise stations along the path of the Camillus Erie Canal Park to increase wellness and recreation options. The well-used park offers visitors a variety of things to do, ranging from over 10 miles of scenic wooded paths and walkways, to boat rides along the historic Erie Canal.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Creating a Successful Succession Plan

For new and seasoned leaders: Best practices for preserving the core of your organization's mission

Presented in partnership with:
SUNY Oswego Metro Center

About the sessions:

This is a three-part series and organizations are strongly encouraged to attend all three. Purchasing a ticket allows you entrance to all three sessions.
*Please note two separate locations

Sessions 1 and 3 featuring:

Alex Grimshaw

CEO, PPS International

Managing Partner, SyNet

For more than 25 years he has worked with Fortune 500 companies providing talent management, management, leadership & executive development, and change management. 

Session 1: June 21, 2012 from 9 am to 12 pm at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center

  • An overview of succession planning and why an organization should plan for leadership transition 

Session 2: June 28, 2012 from 9 am to 11 am at the CNY Philanthropy Center

  • A panel of current and former Executive Directors and Board members who have gone through succession planning or are in the process of it will discuss their experiences with succession planning

Session 3: July 26, 2012 from 9 am to 12 pm at the CNY Philanthopy Center

  • A workshop setting where particpants learn specific succession planning tools and/or engage deeper in discussion of what they've heard at other sessions

You will learn:

This series is for executives, board members, and other key employees for organizations that foresee having turnover in a leadership position within the next five years. The goals for these sessions are the following:

  •  Participants will understand the importance of succession planning, who should be involved, the many theories and scenarios that come with this type of planning
  • Participants will be given the tools to create their own succession plan from the information gathered here
Participants will feel comfortable talking with each other and the facilitator(s) about succession planning and will form a mini learning community around this topic

Register Here:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Online Voting is Now Open for Local Nonprofit Grant

June 4, 2012 - Thirty-four nonprofit organizations are competing for a grant in The CNY85 Giving Project and are calling on the public for their support. The project that receives the most online votes by the end of the month will receive an $8,500 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation in celebration of its 85-year anniversary.

The Community Foundation is asking the public to visit to view the full list of projects and vote for their favorite. Projects up for vote range from the training of psychiatric service dogs for U.S. veterans to assisting Syracuse families with emergency home repair. Each visitor may cast one vote per email address per day until June 30. The winner will be formally announced in mid-July, after all of the votes have been verified.

About The CNY85 Giving Project
The Community Foundation created The CNY85 Giving Project to use its 85-year anniversary as an opportunity to highlight the many nonprofit programs serving Central New York and inspire their support among community members. The month of June is the second of four voting periods the Community Foundation will open to the public over the course of the year. The June voting round features human service, health and housing projects. Future rounds will feature projects that address education and technology (September) and arts, culture and civic leadership (December). 

The Community Foundation recently awarded $8,500 to the first quarter’s winner - Madison County Office for the Aging - to expand its senior transportation program. The program provides medical transportation for frail, isolated elderly who have no other means of transportation to their physicians, eye care professionals, pharmacies, and other medical related appointments.

The Community Foundation will be accepting applications for its third round, featuring projects that address Central New York’s education and technology needs from July 1- July 31. Nonprofit organizations that serve Onondaga and/or Madison Counties are invited to enter by submitting a simple online form. To view the Project’s full calendar and learn how to apply, visit

About CNYVitals

Each round features projects of different themes based on findings of a community indicators project, CNYVitals. The community indicators were the result of a collaborative effort between Syracuse University's Maxwell School, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the Central New York Community Foundation, city and county municipalities and a host of community-based organizations that have signed on to help gather and analyze the data on Central New York’s greatest needs.

The resulting data is a snapshot of Central New York's current state of affairs within various interest areas. The architects of the project hope that making this information available to the general public will inspire collaborative discussion and action to address the community's most pressing needs while also focusing funding and programming on projects and initiatives that will have the greatest positive impact on the region. All of the data can be viewed and contributed to at

About the Central New York Community Foundation
This year, the Central New York Community Foundation celebrates its 85-year anniversary. Founded in 1927, it strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York by connecting the generosity of donors with community needs - making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York from more than 550 charitable endowment funds that it manages. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. As the region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Community Foundation awards more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation is located at 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 and can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

Projects Up For Vote
Alzheimer's Association, CNY Chapter
Train responders to safely locate missing persons with dementia
Amaus Health Services
Conduct low-income patient health education
American Diabetes Association, CNY
Start a diabetic support network
Implement a bullying prevention program
Camp Good Days & Special Times
Fund a women's oncology support group
Central New York Health Systems Agency (CNYHSA)
Provide rental assistance to the working disabled
Clear Path for Veterans
Train psychiatric service dogs for use by U.S. veterans
Community Action Partnership for Madison County
Provide discounted medications to free health clinic patients
Crouse Health Foundation
Furnish NICU with a baby/parent bonding area
Downtown Syracuse YMCA
Provide housing for homeless men
Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment (FORCE)
Educate vulnerable communities in emergency preparedness
Food Bank of Central New York
Distribute food to emergency food programs
Hamilton Senior Citizens Center
Provide isolated seniors with social opportunities, education and nourishment
Home HeadQuarters, Inc
Assist City of Syracuse families with emergency home repair
It's About Childhood and Family, Inc.
Provide social and emotional parenting training
Madison-Oneida BOCES
Help identify developmental delays and disabilities in young children
Maureen's Hope Foundation
Deliver care packages to people facing a cancer diagnosis or life altering disease
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate NY
Provide adaptive support to people living with multiple sclerosis
Oneida Healthcare Foundation
Provide community course on healthy living
Orenda Springs Experiential Learning Center
Send SCSD students to a day-long empowerment program
P.E.A.C.E., Inc.
Take low-income rural families on educational field trips
Poverello Health Center
Supplement health care costs for low income individuals
Rescue Mission
Create a laundry facility for use by low-income area residents
SHA Development Foundation
Build a self-sufficiency fund for residents in public housing
Southern Hills Preservation Corporation
Provide safe, affordable housing for low to moderate income families
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center Foundation
Provide ER patients arriving in damaged clothing with new clothes to leave in
Success By 6
Distribute a cookbookto WIC participants featuring local, low-cost foods
SUNY Upstate Pediatric Designated AIDS Center/SCC
Promote HIV/AIDS prevention & testing to young adults by producing a PSA
Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare
Exhibit art created by people with mental health and eating disorders
Syracuse Habitat for Humanity
Help construct a Women Build house in Syracuse
Syracuse Housing Authority
Provide low-income families with home ownership education
Syracuse Jewish Family Service
Offer arts programming to homebound, isolated seniors
Syracuse Northeast Community Center
Enhance family-focused services to Syracuse's Northeast inner-city area
The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services
Outfit an infant room at a homeless family center