August 19, 2010 â€“ The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund launched its annual fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $15,000 this fall. The Fund recently received a $15,000 challenge grant from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. The Snow Trust pledged to provide dollar-for-dollar matches for contributions received on or before December 1, 2010.
All funds received through community member donations and the matching grant will be used to build the Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund, a permanent endowment fund that supports nonprofit organizations in Pulaski and the Town of Richland.
Last year, a total of 96 individuals and businesses in the Greater Pulaski area contributed a record $15,435 to the campaign. This amount was matched by the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust for a total of $30,435. Of the total amount raised, 14% of the contributions came from first-time donors. Annually, the Fund contributes approximately $15,000 to local nonprofit groups. Continued growth of the fund increases the amount and number of grants awarded.
To support the Fundâ€™s growth and help maximize the opportunity of the challenge grant, tax-deductible contributions can be sent to Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund, c/o Central New York Community Foundation, 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or you may donate online with a credit card at www.cnycf.org/pulaski. Click on â€œDonate Nowâ€ button in the right sidebar. Names of contributors who do not wish to remain anonymous will be listed in a â€œThank Youâ€ ad in the Salmon River News.
The Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund is a union of gifts contributed by the people of the Pulaski community that makes grants to support programs and projects of importance to the area. Since its inception in 1992, the Fund has provided more than $175,000 in grants to benefit the Pulaski community.
The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The regionâ€™s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or www.cnycf.org.