CNY Drones launches fundraising campaign


CNY Drones, a community-based volunteer group, has kicked off its 2019 fundraising campaign, the group announced. To learn more about CNY Drones and contribute to its 2019 campaign, visit online or email

CNY Drones exists under the fiscal sponsorship of the Griffiss Institute, a 501(c)(3) entity. Donations made through the Griffiss Institute are tax deductible.

Founded in 2016, CNY Drones said it provides low-cost interactive drone demonstrations, introductory flying sessions, workshops for building, and an annually themed indoor Team Drone Challenge, all promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

CNY Drones volunteer mentors provide safe flying information and guidance while promoting regional education and employment opportunities, the organization said; mentors are members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, an international community-based organization for recreational drone pilots.

Local company and individual donations continue to make CNY Drones’ low-cost programs possible by supporting the purchase and maintenance of drone and presentation equipment, the organization noted.

“We’re here to answer questions from students who’ve been intrigued by drone technology, attended STEM camps or purchased a drone and want to learn more,” said John Reade, CNY Drones Safety Officer. “We’re the support system that sparks further interest in the education and employment pipeline. We see start-up and economic development promotion on one end. Then there’s all-in drone racing on the other end. We’re situated in the middle, helping students and adults see the whole picture of what is out there.”


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