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Stories of Giving


Edward Audi

Much like Stickley, the Central New York Community Foundation takes pride in its long-standing distinction as an organization of steadfast integrity. Read More



Ruth & MarTha BlumBerg

Martha Blumberg accomplished great things in her short life – gaining recognition as a promising young artist when she was just 12 years old. Read More

 



Vicki Brackens

I remember how important it was for me in my professional journey to get that first ‘yes.’ Read More

 

 

 

Craig Buckhout

As an investment advisor, I see my clients giving of their time and resources to support causes that matter to them. Read More

 

 

Bob DerrenBacker

My wife and I established a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation many years ago so that we could build a personal charitable account over time. Read More

 

DoVES

When her husband passed away fifteen years ago, Jeanne Lawler was faced with a decision regarding which organizations to support from her family’s charitable foundation. Jeanne’s efforts were successful. The DoVES Fund has now expanded to more than 55 members and hopes to grow even further in the years to come. Read More

 

Margaret Early

Many years ago, the late Margaret Early heard the story of Eugene Lang, a businessman who set up a very successful incentive scholarship at his disadvantaged secondary school in Harlem, NY. Read More

 


Dottie Fowler

After I retired from twenty years of teaching and sold the business that I ran for ten years, I was blessed with the opportunity to focus my energy on many things I enjoy – traveling, spending time with my family, reading and gardening, to name a few. Read More

 

 

Florence Gaedeke

Florence Gaedeke was the first person from her English family to be born in America. She met her husband Bill while in high school at Blodgett Vocational where she studied business, and worked after classes in the factory that his father owned. Read More


 

Lee Gatta

My husband Joe and I decided to pay support forward by establishing a charitable giving plan through the Central New York Community Foundation. Read More




Barb Genton

When I was growing up in Syracuse in the 1950s, I observed my parents participating in civic and religious organizations while balancing work and home responsibilities. My father could never say no to a volunteer opportunity. This active community participation and volunteerism were models I learned to live by. Read More



Gary Germain

Serving as a tax and estate attorney, I have observed several clients reach their philanthropic objectives through charitable gift planningRead More

 


Grace Ghezzi

In my role as an accountant and financial planner, I always bring up the topic of charitable giving with my clientsduring estate or financial planning conversations. Charitable clients love to learn that there are many options forgiving to charity that can be tailored to fit their unique needs. Read More

 

Ruth Hancock

My husband, Stewart Hancock, and I both grew up in families in which charitable giving was just a part of what you did. We understood the importance of being involved in the community early on, so giving back was always a big part of our lives. Read More

 

Betsy Hartnett

When my clients want to give back to the community and save on estate taxes, I help them incorporate charitable giving into their estate plans. Read More

 

 

Linda Dickerson Hartsock

It has been gratifying to live in Central New York and to engage in community revitalization. I have worked hard to instill the importance of community in my three sons. Read More

 

gordon hershberger

My wife, Kaye, was a compassionate and caring woman who spent countless hours volunteering for many community organizations. Read More




THE HEZELS

Working in learning enterprises throughout our careers, we recognize that access to education is fundamental to the future of a bright, open and civil society. Just as education gave us a degree of social mobility, we want others to grow through access to learning opportunities. Read More



ROBERT & ROBERT HURD

Roberta and Robert Hurd led fairly modest lives. Robert worked as a tool and die maker and Roberta worked her entire life as an accountant first for American Woolen Mills in Fulton and then General Electric. They were a very devoted couple who were rich in love for one another. They remembered fondly their days in the Phoenix schools where they met during the 1930s. Read More


The Jacobs

Running a business in Central New York has been very rewarding, and has inspired us to give back to the community that supported us. Read More

 

 

The Johnsons

Growing up, William had three little mothers - his sisters. In the hospital they acted like little nurses, and at home they helped with feeding and therapy. Read More

 

The Kings

Russell King and his late wife, Joan “Jiggy” King, were longtime supporters of a number of local charities in the community that they have called home since their college days at Syracuse University. Read More

 

The KrahlsThe Krahls

Education and community have always been important to Ron and Luella Krahl. “We have gained so much from our service to others.” Read More

 

 

The Linns

Bob and Zalie Linn’s commitment to volunteerism and charity was woven into their DNA from the start. When Zalie was growing up in Wellsville, she remembers many nights when her father, Charles, would race off to fulfill his duties as a volunteer fireman or ambulance corps member. Read More




ANNE LLOYD

Over the course of my life, I faced challenges with determination and perseverance. As a single mother of two young boys, there were times when I struggled to feed us. Read More

 

 

Jim Mackin

When our clients seek advice on where to make charitable contributions in Central New York, The Community Foundation is always at the top of the list. Read More

 

Jack Mannion

My parents left Ireland at a time when charity, though desperately needed, rarely showed its face. They settled in the Bronx, where charity was still in short supply, but where hope and opportunity abounded. Read More

 

Mary mathews

My parents were always great role models to me. They provided support to the community in so many ways, and I felt it was important to do the same. Read More



Judge Neal P. McCurn

U.S. District Court Judge Neal P. McCurn was a person of character, integrity and generosity. And as the father of six children he was also an example of patience, understanding and compassion. Read More

 

The Millers

Over the course of their sixty-year marriage, Jim and Aileen Miller successfully built Jim’s local company, J.E. Miller Corporation. They also built a strong and loving relationship. Read More

 

The Mowers

The Mowers’ initial funding relationship with the Community Foundation came some years ago when a small number of Eric’s colleagues established a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation as a way of recognizing their work together. Read More

 

The Murphys

Our family has always been very passionate about giving back because we feel it is important to support the community that has supported us. Two elder generations of the Murphy family have long partnered with the Community Foundation to facilitate their giving. Read More

 

Letty Murray

Letty Murray says being charitable just came naturally for her and her late husband, Gil. Read More

 



Marshall Nelson

The richness of Marshall A. Nelson’s life is reflected by what he has given to others. He was an early crusader for local civil rights - his bold and persistent efforts having benefited an untold number of women and minorities by helping them to gain access to corporate America. Read More

 

The Pluffs

Our daughters were both born prematurely and the extensive testing that they received uncovered that they each had moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears. Read More

 

Rita Reicher

Central New York has helped our company prosper for more than 30 years, attracting a talented workforce that set usup for success. I feel fortunate to be able to express my gratitude to this community through charitable giving. Read More



tHE REIDS

Roger and Maggie Reid learned at a young age that giving back to the community should be an integral part of their lives. The couple is planning to carry on this notion by leaving behind a legacy that will ensure their giving will have a lasting impact on the Central New York community.  Read More

 

Dorothy Riester

"It's tough to be first at anything, " mused Dorothy Rieter, as she summed up the ultimate lesson that she has learned during her impressive career as a pioneer in the art world. Read More




tom ryan

Tom Ryan was deeply moved by Syracuse's poverty statistics and wanted to do something to help. He has always been a big baseball fan, so he utilized the Community Foundation to connect to a program that introduces children living in poverty to baseball. View Video



Don ryder

When you ask anyone who knew Don Ryder how they would describe him, they all say the same thing; he was a very private and quiet individual, a man who mainly kept to himself. Upon his death in 2015, this private man did something that showed just how much he cared about his community. Read More

 


Richard and Robert SCOLARO

As we go about our daily lives - addressing the demands of work, home and family - most of us probably don’trealize the struggles our local nonprofits are facing to keep their vital services going. Read More



MANSUKH SHAH

After my wife passed away, I wanted to make charitable donations in her memory in a way that made the biggest impact in our community. It would have been cost-prohibitive to establish a private foundation, so I chose the Community Foundation to administer the Indira & Mansukh J. Shah Fund. Read More



Juliette Klein Sharpe

Juliette Klein Sharpe felt truly blessed by her network of friends and her small community. “God takes care of fools and Julie” was something said often by the Skaneateles resident and retired 30-year employee with the telephone company. Read More

 

The Spanfelners

Ten years ago, John Spanfelner, an avid fisherman and nature-lover, established the Spanfelner Fund at the Community Foundation with his wife Anne to address the causes they cared about the most. Read More

 

The Thorpes

William and Mary Thorpe were born in Herkimer, NY and grew up on their parents’ farm on a hill just west of the Village of Camillus. Read More




Donald Trufant

Donald Trufant never attended college, but he considered himself a life-long learner, believing that education was the way towards a fulfilling and prosperous life. Now, an endless number of students from Don’s hometown will have the opportunity to advance their education thanks to his foresight and giving nature. Read More

 

The Watts

My wife and I believe that a path to higher education should be accessible to anyone who has the desire and the will to continue their education.Read More

 

 

Catherine Winger

After retiring from a career in mental health services, Catherine Winger saw an opportunity to use her newfound free time to travel and to give back to her community. Read More


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