Community Foundation awards more than $2.5M to nonprofits; opens 15 new funds


UTICA – In the first half of 2021, the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties distributed more than $2.5 million in community investments to organizations and initiatives focused on equity, economic development, education, pandemic relief and more.

“At a time when our community and nonprofit organizations face continuing challenges, our six-month ‘inquiry-to-investment’ process has made it easier for our partners in need to quickly receive funding and other support,” said Alicia Dicks, President/CEO.

From January 1 through June 30 the following organizations were awarded Community Foundation funding totaling more than $376,000:

B Sharp Music Club – $600 for a voice competition scholarship;

Black Leadership Coalition – $40,500 to support its capacity building project;

CAP-21 – $10,000 to hire a Community Development Specialist;

Central New York Health Home Network – $5,000 to support its mentoring program;

Community Rehab Project – $10,000 to promote independent living through therapy wellness, fall prevention and home modifications for underserved community residents;

Kelberman Center – $1,000 to provide scholarships for Kamp Connections;

Kirkland Art Center – $5,000 to aid culinary arts program;

Mercy Flight Central – $1,500 to purchase cardiac monitors for aircraft;

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency – $12,800 to support its 2021 City Center Recreation Program;

Mohawk Valley Community College – $160,000 toward the MVCC Tech Corps program;

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District – $55,000 in support of a rural broadband;

NAACP – Rome Chapter – $6,000 to support a short film on the history of the Rome NAACP;

Parkway Center – $9,500 to restore the Second Chance Tool Store;

Utica Dollars for Scholars – $40,000 for scholarships for graduates of the Young Scholars program at Utica College;

Utica Monday Night Corporation – $20,000 to support the Levitt AMP music series

During the same period, Community Foundation donor-advised funds made 243 awards totaling more than $2 million to 176 organizations. In addition, the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund supported ongoing nonprofit needs in both counties with awards totaling over $183,000. A complete list of awardees is online

Newly created funds of all kinds include:

4 Elements Studio Capital and Foundation Funds – Established by 4 Elements Studio, a community arts center dedicated to engaging and educating the community through a range of artistic experiences and programming.

Anita A. Vitullo Fund for Mohawk Valley Health System – Established by Mohawk Valley Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system serving Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties, to administer a new gift from Anita A. Vitullo.

Anita A. Vitullo Fund for Susquehanna SPCA – Created by Susquehanna SPCA, an organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals throughout Otsego County, to administer a gift from Anita A. Vitullo.

Anita’s Stevens-Swan Humane Society Fund – Established by Anita’s Stevens-Swan Humane Society, a nonprofit organization committed to finding homes for abandoned and abused companion animals from Oneida County and to reduce that animal population through spay and neuter programs, to administer a new gift from Anita A. Vitullo.

Ann and David Harden Fund – Created by Ann M. and David E. Harden Foundation, Inc., to support nonprofit organizations that provide for the basic needs of residents of Camden and Mcconnellsville, and immediate surrounding counties.

COVID-19 Community Navigator Program Fund – Established through a lead gift by the Ronald and Sheila Cuccaro Family Fund to support the COVID-19 Community Navigator Program, an outreach program that promotes awareness and access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Empowered Pathways WERC/RISE Fund – Created to benefit Empowered Pathways, a nonprofit organization with a focus on providing employment, mediation and advocacy services to women, youth, and families in the area.

Hope Bradbury Fund – Established by Jane Bradbury in memory of her mother, Hope Bradbury, for general charitable purposes.

John and Deanna Sammon Young Scholars Scholarship Fund – Established by John and Deanna Sammon to provide scholarships to graduates of the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program.

Kirkland Art Center Campaign Fund –Created by Kirkland Art Center, an active multi-arts center in Clinton.

Linda and Sarah Cohen Fund for Mohawk Valley Health System – Established by Linda and Sarah Cohen to benefit Mohawk Valley Health System, an integrated healthcare delivery system serving Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.

Lotis B. Howland Fund to Benefit New Hartford Public Library – Established by the estate of Lotis B. Howland to provide support for the New Hartford Public Library.

Partnership for Equity in the Performing Arts Funds – Established by the Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers Club to promote racial equity in the arts.

Pet Wellness Fund – Established for general charitable purposes.

Stanley Theatre Charitable Fund – Created by the Stanley Theatre to support fundraising activities.


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