Fall 2010 Smart Giving Newsletter

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Smart Giving

Fall 2010

a publication of the central new york community foundation

in this issue

The Philanthropy Center is Now Open!

The Philanthropy Center Welcomes Tenants page 3

The Howards Leave a Legacy page 5

November has been quite a month for the new Central New York Philanthropy Center, with a grand opening ceremony and beginning of our operations on site. The Center’s official opening marked the start of a new era for the Community Foundation - which has been promoting the importance and impact of local philanthropy since 1927. Community Foundation staff and the Center’s tenants began to move in and utilize the new space even before all the boxes were unpacked. The building’s large ballroom and multiple meeting spaces provide the perfect community space for convening to further our mission and that of our partners.

The Imagination Library Rolls into Town page 9

The striking three-story Greek Revival building, built in 1917, received an extensive makeover over the past year to fit our needs and that of the Center’s tenants. A small, enclosed stair tower addition was built onto the building’s east side. This resulted in a more open floor plan for our office space, increasing useable square footage. A formal board room and a number of smaller meeting rooms will allow our staff to hold multiple meetings at one time. Outside, a new seating area, rain garden and a “green screen” feature at the east elevation of the new stair tower will present an inviting site for many years to come. Technological improvements will also expand our capabilities. Projectors, screens and flat panel displays now allow for visual interaction in several of our meeting spaces. Sound and telecommunication systems with wireless capabilities were installed to maximize presentation capabilities.

Children’s Consortium Reaches Out to Young Parents page 10

The building features numerous sustainable design elements, including energyefficient climate controls, increased ventilation, water efficient landscaping and energy-efficient windows and doors. Our new floor plan incorporates the strategic placement of windows, an open two-story atrium and lower cubicle walls to allow (continued on page 3)

Point of View

Have you ever heard of the term “strategic optimism?” Well, in a nutshell, that is how I would describe the Central New York Community Foundation’s vision for the future of Central New York and its engagement with our region. Reflecting back on the turbulent past two years, I believe that our actions and community investments signaled a faith in the future. At the depths of the financial market crisis, in March 2009, our board of directors approved one of the boldest projects in our history: the purchase of the former University Club building in downtown Syracuse to create the CNY Philanthropy Center. More than eighteen months later, as we now call this very old building our new permanent home, we can fully see how this decision reflects our core values. By investing in downtown, we reaffirm the importance of a vibrant city center to our entire region. By adaptively reusing an old building in an environmentally sensitive way, we model sustainability in an emerging center of the green economy. By creating a center for collaboration between funders, grantees and donors, we facilitate connections. Proximity and relationships are, after all, two elements that are often vital to getting anything of importance done. Peter A. Dunn President & CEO

The permanent nature of our funds – the endowments that have been created and entrusted to us over generations – makes all of this work possible. We talk a lot about assets in our work – about growing community endowment and enhancing our region’s sustainability through permanent charitable capital. We also talk a lot about grants – and on that topic, we passed a huge milestone this year. Since our inception in 1927, we have granted more than $100 million in support of our communities – most of that in the last 15 years. Being able to maintain and grow our endowment, while pumping a significant amount of income into nonprofits over time, demonstrates the power of endowment as a force for improving the lives of those who live and work in our region. The grants, initiatives and donor stories in this newsletter are reflections of the many facets of our mission. Promoting a culture of strategic optimism through our work is one of the ways we can enhance the ability of our region to increase the number of people who work, live, stay and invest here. I hope you’ll join us.

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Our new stair tower addition features a “green screen” that plant life will grow up over the coming years.

Philanthropy Center Welcomes Tenants We are excited to welcome three new tenants to the CNY Philanthropy Center. The combination of these leaseholders, comprised of some of our region’s largest philanthropic foundations and important community organizations, will encourage collaboration and open dialogue on Central New York’s unique resources and needs. We are proud to welcome the following organizations to the Center! The Allyn Foundation - Founded in 1954, The Allyn Foundation is a private, family foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations primarily in Central New York. The Foundation’s funding priorities are a reflection of the generous legacy of William N. Allyn, founder of Welch Allyn, and his son, William G. Allyn. Through its work and the organizations it funds, the Foundation seeks to reflect its family value, “Be Always Kind and True.” Community Health Foundation of Western & Central New York - The Community Health Foundation is committed to improving the health and health care of the region’s people and communities. The Foundation collaborates with community partners to strengthen the health care system, bolster community supports, promote education and advocacy, and encourage individual behavior change. With its headquarters office in Buffalo and two full-time staff in its Syracuse office, the Community Health Foundation maintains three core funding areas: (1) creating options for dignified living among the frail elders; (2) young children living in poverty; and (3) growing the capacity of community health care systems. Junior League of Syracuse - The Junior League of Syracuse is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The organization is a recognized leader for developing and supporting projects that provide programs for women, children and families.

Grand Opening (continued from page 1) more natural light to penetrate the space. In addition, the original paved parking lot was replaced with a pervious paving system to mitigate storm water runoff. Thanks in large part to these innovative “green” techniques, we are in the process of applying for LEED certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that provides third-party verification that a building has decreased its environmental impact across all metrics of design, construction and maintenance. Throughout the renovation process, we valued the architectural integrity of this almost century-old building and strived to preserve and enhance its original character. Although most of original historical elements were removed in prior renovations before our purchase, some signature items still remained. The second-floor ballroom’s terrazzo floor was brought back to its original luster and the decorative woodwork above the front door underwent an extensive restoration. The project’s design concept was created by King & King Architects. VIP Structures served as design builder and C&S Companies provided project management. To learn more about the CNY Philanthropy Center and the long history of this building, visit www.cnyphilanthropycenter.org. Although renovations are now complete, the Center’s construction blog at www.cnycf.org/blog is still available for you to follow the renovations as they progressed over the past year.

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Leading By Example

Giving Matters

Our community is blessed with an abundance of philanthropic role models – individuals and families who set the standard for generosity and inspire us all. The opening of our community’s first Philanthropy Center offers the opportunity to name a space, honoring a current or past commitment to giving. Naming a room in the Philanthropy Center provides a visual reminder to those who visit that they are carrying on a tradition of selflessness that has deep roots in our community. Honoring our Presidents Since its founding in 1927, the Community Foundation has had two professional presidents: John Dietz and Peggy Ogden. Our board felt that showcasing their leadership examples would be inspiring to those who use the Philanthropy Center. In honor of their dedication to the growth and prosperity of the Community Foundation, each received recognition through an honorary naming gift: The Peggy Ogden Loft honors the many accomplishments realized during the 20-year tenure of our most recent past president. This glass-enclosed loft on the second floor is a visual depiction of our organizational transparency that Peggy valued so highly. It also symbolizes the way the Community Foundation staff, led for decades by Peggy’s example, strive to keep current on the nonprofit landscape by maintaining a bird’s eye view of our community.

Jennifer L. Owens Director of Donor Relations

The John Sanderson Dietz Conference Room honors our first professional director. John Dietz paved the way for our resurgence in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Through his leadership, the door was opened for the Community Foundation to ramp up its offerings to donors and nonprofits, establishing us an important community stakeholder. Leaving a Legacy Eleanore L. and Herbert S. Howard Board Room: The unique story of the Howards, outlined on the opposite page, inspires all of us who love Central New York – whether we were born here or not – to do what we can to leave a positive mark on the community.

The Peggy Ogden Loft

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John F. Marsellus Conference Room: The Marsellus name is one of the most recognizable in Syracuse, known almost as much for the family’s generosity as its storied place in our local industrial history. John provided our community with the single largest endowment gift in the Community Foundation’s history, and that example has inspired countless others to leave a legacy through their estates. The room bearing the Marsellus name will serve as a reminder that it is important to give back to the community that has given much to each of us. Angel 00’s Corner: This bench invites visitors to extend their use of the Philanthropy Center to the outdoor space. The unique name is a special moniker that the donor has for her beloved partner. We will continue to offer naming opportunities for the many unique spaces in the Philanthropy Center. If you would like to discuss the menu of options for memorializing your family’s commitment to this community, please contact me at (315) 422-9538 or jenn@cnycf.org.


Leaving a Local Legacy: Herbert S. & Eleanore L.

Developing a love of this region is not the exclusive right of those who are born here. Many of our community’s charitable legacies represent the generosity of those who were born elsewhere, but ended up in Central New York for one reason or another. Herbert and Eleanore Howard were just such people – transplants who moved to the Strathmore area in Syracuse, lured by a job offer Herb received at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. He served as the utility giant’s Vice President and Controller. Herb and Elly were active in local charitable and civic activities. Golf ranked high on their list of favorite pastimes, and what better place to land than Central New York if you love hitting the links. After Herb’s passing in the late 1970s, Elly moved to Pennsylvania, taking a break from the harsh winters to spend time at her home in Pompano Beach, Florida. When she died in 2001, Elly left a significant portion of their estate to the Herbert S. and Eleanore L. Howard Charitable Foundation. Their Foundation has supported many charitable causes in Central New York and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and has annually supported the Central New York Community Foundation.

Eleanore L. & Herbert S. Howard

Jim Mackin, a Trustee of the Howard Foundation, has close ties to the Community Foundation and was aware of the plans for the new Philanthropy Center in downtown Syracuse. He was drawn to the Community Foundation’s vision to create a lasting home that would serve as a visible symbol of our permanence, stewardship, leadership and transparency. Jim thought the Howards would want to see the Center become a reality. The names of Herbert and Eleanore Howard now grace the formal board room of the Center thanks to a generous gift from the Howard Foundation. The Howard Board Room is a formal space that features built-in cabinets, a fireplace and hardwood floors. A large conference table, comfortable chairs and red walls welcome guests into this warm space. “It’s not the aesthetics that matter as much as what happens in the room,” said Jim. “The Howards would be pleased to support the Community Foundation because it is so well positioned to meet our community’s most pressing needs. The Community Foundation has its finger on the The Howard Board Room pulse of the area’s nonprofits, and really makes a difference through its community grant initiatives.” The Community Foundation is pleased to include the Howard name in the Philanthropy Center, showcasing their generosity and inspiring others who pass through its doors.

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Program for Arts Capacity & Excellence

On September 22, the Community Foundation awarded $425,000 in final year funding to the eighteen local arts and culture organizations that are part of the Program for Arts Capacity & Excellence (PACE) initiative. PACE is a three-year program designed to encourage arts organizations to work on strategic organizational issues that would propel their institutions forward and build long-term sustainability. After a successful three-year pilot with three large arts organizations, we expanded the program in 2008 to other arts and cultural leaders seeking to strengthen their creative communities. These organizations decided to tackle a variety of issues such as audience development, operations and management, board governance and fundraising. These grants were made possible through the support of the Community, Charles F. Brannock, Flora Mather Hosmer and John F. Marsellus Funds. pace recipients

PACE Triumphs Abound!

The Arts Branch of the YMCA

In a 2009 self-study of 22 organizations conducted by the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance of Central New York, it was found that arts and culture organizations collectively employed over 1,000 people in Onondaga County and spent over $26 million while generating an additional $44 million into the local economy. This year’s PACE awards represent a continuation of the Community Foundation’s long history of support for area arts and culture organizations – recognizing their role in contributing to the vibrancy and vitality of our community.

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation Earlville Opera House Everson Museum of Art Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) Oneida Community Mansion House Open Hand Theater Rarely Done Productions Red House Arts Center Skaneateles Festival Smithfield Community Association Syracuse City Ballet Syracuse Opera Syracuse Poster Project Syracuse Shakespeare Festival Syracuse Stage Syracuse Symphony Orchestra


“The activities of arts and culture organizations provide a vital economic engine for our region,” said Steve Butler, Executive Director of the Cultural Resources Council. “Given that state funding has been reduced to 1997 levels (a total of $35 million state-wide) it is crucial that local support, such as PACE, is provided to these groups that benefit our community both economically and with enhanced quality of life.” Even as the brunt of the economic downturn is being felt across all nonprofit sectors, PACE demonstrates that financial position is not the only measure of a robust and growing organization. Two years into the program, these eighteen organizations describe remarkable results, thereby demonstrating new capacities that far outlast their grants. When asked, most organizations noted that PACE helped them maintain focus on key strategic goals. Here are just a few highlights that were reported. Rarely Done Productions, Aubry Panek: “Our organization shifted from a grass roots mindset to a model of thinking that reflects a business with goals and strategies to attain sustainability.” Syracuse Stage, Jeff Woodward: “The Stage collaborated with photographer Brantley Carroll to create two stunning exhibits in our lobby that led to significant ticket sales, not to mention goodwill and good partnerships with the community.” Arts Branch of the YMCA, Phil Memmer: “We completely revamped our management structure, enabling us to better meet the administrative needs of our current programs and putting us in a stronger position for the future.” Visit www.cnycf.org to view more great comments submitted by PACE grantees regarding the impact of the program on their organizations.

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A PACE Success Story:

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation The Matilda Joslyn Gage Center is located in the historic Fayetteville home of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a progressive visionary of women’s rights who, with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, organized the 19th century woman suffrage movement in the United States. The Gage Foundation entered the PACE program in 2008 to develop a capital campaign for the home’s restoration and to begin a community dialogue program centered on women’s suffrage and social justice issues. In the past two years, significant progress has been made on the organization’s goals. The $300,000 capital campaign goal established in its strategic plan was met, allowing the rehabilitation of the Gage Home into a museum that operates outside-thebox with unique features such as a new “Write on the Wall” program. Celebrating its Grand Opening in October, the home was reconditioned for the purpose of community engagement – to serve as a place where conversations about our country, much like those that echoed from its walls 100 years ago, can take place again today. The house is comprised of five distinct exhibit rooms that represent Gage’s social justice passions and how each topic still challenges our society today – Women’s Rights, Religious Freedom, Abolition and Native Sovereignty. The final room, the Family Parlor, is themed after the Wizard of Oz to represent Gage’s significant influence on L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. In addition to honoring Matilda’s memory through the continued mission of her old home, the Gage Foundation utilized the PACE program’s strategic planning process to successfully establish a new public dialogue program. A three-part series, Raising Community Awareness about Human Trafficking, brought together more than 260 people to discuss one of today’s fastest growing crimes – slavery. Participants were stunned to learn that there are more slaves in the world today than at any point in history and were anxious to do something about it.

Participants wrap-up discussion at a Human Trafficking public dialogue.

The Gage Foundation credits our PACE program with helping the organization to innovate and adapt exhibits and programming that meet the needs of today’s society. In this, the third and last year of the PACE program, the Foundation’s board will conduct an evaluation of progress made on the PACE goals and envision the next steps necessary to take to ensure the museum’s long-term future.


Community Impact In June, our board of directors approved grants to eight not-for-profit organizations, totaling $225,506.

Ar ts, Culture & Humanities

Human Services

society for new music - $15,000 Commission two original musical compositions about the life and philosophies of Matilda Joslyn Gage and produce an opera about Eleanor Roosevelt to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Matilda Joslyn Gage Center. Presentations will be held at four Syracuse City high schools during Women’s History Month to highlight the social justice work of Matilda Joslyn Gage.

arc of onondaga - $14,807 Train its direct-care staff on how to make healthy food choices when shopping and cooking for clients enrolled in the organization’s residential services program. The residential program provides a safe and nurturing home environment for more than 100 adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Education lafayette central school district - $23,137 Implement a character education program, Power2Achieve, at LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School and in partnership with Cathedral at Pompei and Bishop Grimes schools. Students in the three schools will learn to set educational and behavioral goals for themselves and assess their progress toward those goals.

Environment & Animals baltimore woods nature center - $28,945 Develop and implement a corporate communications strategy, acquire and train corporate volunteers and engage interns from area colleges and universities for the Nature in the City program. Baltimore Woods Nature Center operates hiking trails, day camps and on-site school programs to almost 50,000 individuals a year from its headquarters in Marcellus.

Health black leadership commission on aids of syracuse - $16,000 Host health fairs in the west and south side neighborhoods, where HIV/AIDS cases have risen dramatically since 1996. The fairs will provide free screenings and health education. The BLCA works to raise awareness about the disease and its risk factors.

children’s consortium - $48,148 Conduct education classes for pregnant and parenting teens in five Syracuse City high schools through the Pregnant and Parenting Teens program. The program seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect, drop-out rates and the number of subsequent pregnancies. The Children’s Consortium promotes successful emotional, physical, educational and economic outcomes for Onondaga County parents. interfaith works - $34,469 Purchase a panel truck and warehouse shelving for the Refugee Resettlement Program. Each year, Interfaith Works assists almost 600 refugees with beginning new lives in America by helping to find permanent housing, acquire furnishings and food, enroll in English classes and school, ensure medical care is received and find employment. Interfaith Works, through education, service and dialogue, strives to affirm the dignity of each person and faith community. syracuse model neighborhood facility - $45,000 Employ a vocational counselor for the Supporting Offenders after Release program, which provides assistance to highrisk individuals recently released from prison to prevent them from returning. The Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, housed at the Southwest Community Center, provides various family planning, child health, substance abuse education and violence prevention services to residents of Syracuse’s south and west side neighborhoods.

These grants were made possible through the support of the following funds: • Shirley M. Aubrey Fund • John F. Marsellus Fund • Charles F. Brannock Fund • Jim & Aileen Miller Fund • Community Fund • Durston Sanford & Doris Sanford Fund • Harold & Marian Edwards • Virginia C. Simons & Dr. C. Adele Brown Fund and O.M. Edwards Fund • Syracuse Dispensary Fund • Education Endowment Fund To learn more about these funds and many others that help make our grantmaking possible, visit • John H. & Mary P. Hughes Fund www.cnycf.org and visit the Funds & Donors page.


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Literacy Program Exceeds Expectations The Imagination Library, which distributes free, age-appropriate books to eligible children each month from birth until their fifth birthday, has been a resounding success on Syracuse’s Northside. Already, the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) has enrolled more than 600 children in the program during its first six months. This exceeds the estimate of 375 children enrolled in the first 12 months based on the experience of similar programs across the country. Thanks to a growing number of partners such as the United Way’s Success By 6, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Clear Channel Communications, Syracuse Research Corporation and Le Moyne College, the Imagination Library is shaping up to be a shining example of what a community-wide push toward early literacy can achieve.

the issue • 34.49% of incoming Syracuse City School District students arrived below the Kindergarten Readiness Developmental Level in Fall 2009. • Over 58,000 adults in Onondaga County have minimal literacy skills.

Currently, the program is serving children in two North side zip codes - 13203 and 13208 - with plans to expand to the West side next. As part of the state-designated Northside Literacy Zone, these zip codes represent two of the neediest Syracuse neighborhoods in the crucial area of school-readiness. The Syracuse City School District Two children sign up to receive books from the Imagination Library reports that nearly half of the during the program’s launch event on May 15. children from these zones have historically entered school without being ready to read. Such deficits can place children at a scholastic disadvantage for years to come. When the national experts at the Dollywood Foundation agreed to partner with the Literacy Coalition to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to our community, they recommended that three years of funding be secured. With the help of the Community Foundation, the LCOC was able to commit the estimated $50,000 project cost in its first five months of operation. Early literacy has proven a reliable indicator of a child’s future success in school. This has focused the Literacy Coalition, Imagination Library and the Community Foundation on improving outcomes for the children of the Northside by creating a solid foundation for early learning.

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Children’s Consortium:

Promoting Healthy Parenting fast facts • Established in 1973 • Mission: “To empower parents to promote successful emotional, physical, educational and economic outcomes for their children and family.” • Programs focus on: • Parenting education • Early childhood development • Parent/child interactive time • Preparing children for school success

the issue • 243 SCSD students identified themselves as pregnant and parenting during the 2008-2009 school year. • Of those, 25% were expected to drop out of school, leading to further poverty. • The child poverty rate is 50.4% in Syracuse and 26.6 % in Onondaga County. • In Onondaga County, there were 4,266 reports of child abuse in 2007.

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Who can forget the heartbreaking story of the death of a Syracuse infant, Imani Jennings, at the hands of her teenage father? Strikingly, there were at least 243 identified pregnant and parenting students in the Syracuse City School District last school year. This statistic prompted a community coalition to survey these students to find out what supports might help them to cope with their responsibilities. The results showed that many desired parenting classes. With the help of a Community Foundation grant, Children’s Consortium stepped up to fill that need by implementing the Pregnant and Parenting Teens program at five Syracuse City high schools. The main objectives of the program are to reduce the incidences of child abuse and neglect, decrease dropout rates, decrease teens in the juvenile justice system and reduce the number of subsequent pregnancies. The program is designed to increase parents’ knowledge, attitude and confidence, ultimately increasing the frequency of high quality interactions with their babies. Hannah plays with her son, Naasir, during a Children’s The workshops focus on Consortium Parenting Teens Program. setting realistic expectations as a parent, identifying ways to tune-into a child, recognizing ways infants communicate using sounds and words, establishing routines and encouraging reading in young children. An 8-week pilot of the program was introduced in Nottingham High School this summer. The twelve teens that participated were enthusiastic and felt comfortable asking questions that they had been afraid to ask before. The pilot was so successful that it was launched in all five high schools this fall. “These sessions are providing vulnerable teens with a structured yet comfortable environment where they can build supportive relationships, share their problems and successes and learn new techniques that can replace those that may be harmful to a child,” said Linda Cleary, Executive Director of Children’s Consortium. Linda expects that the workshop series will lead to more positive attitudes towards the role of parenting and a reduced risk of child abuse and neglect. “The teenage years can be difficult enough, but adding a child into the equation that you are now responsible for is frightening and challenging, at best,” Linda said. “We look forward to the opportunity to invoke positive changes in teen parents’ abilities that will impact their children’s development.”

Solutions for Year-End Giving As the year comes to a close, you may be searching for a tax-advantaged way to help people and organizations in the community. Since gifts made through the Community Foundation can be tailored to address both your financial concerns and charitable intentions, we can offer a range of solutions for year-end giving. The following are ways you can utilize the Community Foundation to give before the end of the year.

Giving Options Community Fund Your donation to the Community Fund provides a permanent, flexible source of working capital to meet the community’s changing needs, investing the resources to improve Central New York’s quality of life. Existing Funds You may make additional gifts in any amount, at any time, to an existing fund. Use this as an opportunity to encourage your family and friends to add to your fund or any other fund in lieu of holiday gifts. Create a Fund It is surprisingly easy to establish a fund at the Community Foundation. And if you contribute to your new fund before December 31, you receive the maximum taxdeduction for the year.

Ways to Give The Community Foundation offers a wide range of flexible giving vehicles. The following are just a few you may consider as you enter into the year-end season. Cash/Check/Credit Card Gifts of cash made by check or credit card are an easy and convenient way to make a charitable contribution and can be used to establish or add to a charitable fund. To donate by credit card, visit www.cnycf.org and utilize our ‘Donate Now’ feature. Stocks and Bonds

year-end giving dates to know Gifts credited for 2010 tax returns must be: • delivered to the Community Foundation by 4:30 p.m. on December 31 • postmarked on or before December 31 or • given online by 11:59 p.m. on December 31 Please note that complex gifts, such as an IRA transfers or a gift of stock, may take longer to process. If you are considering this type of gift, please allow enough time for processing. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season, and the whole year through!

When you donate appreciated securities, the IRS allows you to take a charitable taxdeduction on the full fair-market value of your gift providing you have held the stock for more than 12 months. You also avoid capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift. Complex Gifts Contributions of more complex gifts such as life insurance accounts, closely held stock, real estate or life insurance policies may also help avoid certain taxes. Please contact our office for instructions on how to donate these types of assets. To discuss the solution that is best for you, please contact Jennifer Owens, Director of Donor Relations at 315-422-9538 or jenn@cnycf.org.

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Community Foundation staff help landscape on Butternut Street. From left to right: Danielle Gill, Liz Cavallaro, Joe Matthews, Katrina Crocker and Olive Sephuma.

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tree beds on the 600 and 700 blocks of Butternut Street. In a testament to the difference you can make with even the smallest contribution, we saw the landscaping along the street undergo a real transformation after only a couple of hours of work. To learn more about the positive outcomes from A-OK Weekend or the amazing women behind it, visit the Women Transcending Boundaries website at www.wtb.com.

On September 11, Community Foundation staff members volunteered for Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Weekend. This event was coordinated by Women Transcending Boundaries with a grant and guidance from our neighborhood leadership training program, The Leadership Classroom. The weekend event involved hundreds of community volunteers all over the city of Syracuse.

Our staff members spent time weeding and mulching