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There are many reasons people choose to give through the Community Foundation:

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Through the power of endowment, funds established at the Community Foundation allow your family’s name and charitable aspirations to live forever – creating a stable, enduring legacy to benefit future generations. Also, endowment funds do not have to be millions of dollars.  For example, a bequest of $25,000 could provide more than $1,000 every year to a nonprofit that you care about.

Easy Set Up and Administration

Establishing a fund can take just a day and involves no start-up costs. We take care of the administrative of the fund, and because we don’t have to create a separate entity for each fund, we are free to focus on what’s really important – honoring your wishes and making a difference in the community.


The Community Foundation offers a variety of gift options for you to consider. Working together with you and your professional advisors, the Community Foundation can identify the best option to meet community need in a meaningful, personal way for you. Many people choose to leave their gift to meet our community’s changing needs, which allows the Community Foundation to identify the greatest needs each year based on a competitive grantmaking process.  This keeps your legacy plan’s purpose relevant for the long term.

Our ongoing stewardship of a fund based on the donor’s original intent allows us to address changes. If the original purpose or recipient of a charitable gift ceases to exist after you are gone, the Community Foundation’s board of directors can direct the fund to other uses you identify, or those closely related to your interests.

The primary focus of the Community Foundation is in the Central New York community. However, grants may be distributed from our funds to nonprofit organizations anywhere, provided that we can confirm its nonprofit status.

Local Knowledge

The Community Foundation’s board and staff are comprised of local people who are committed to improving this community. We understand the complexity and nature of the nonprofit organizations in our area. This local knowledge and experience helps the Community Foundation identify and address the needs in this community and serve as a resource for you.

Tax Benefits

As a public charity, we offer the highest level of tax benefits for charitable giving. You can give any type of property – cash, stocks, closely held securities, real estate, or personal property – and receive maximum tax benefits. You can align your contributions with your overall financial and estate planning, maximizing tax advantages.


  • Lee Gatta

    My husband Joe and I decided to pay support forward by establishing a charitable giving plan.

  • Linda Dickerson Hartsock

    Volunteerism, giving and community involvement are central to our family value system.

  • The Linns

    We love Central New York and we feel that it is our responsibility to help make it a better place to live.

  • Catherine Winger

    I feel so fortunate to be able to create a fund that will provide for the community that I have called home for my entire life.

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