OSWEGO – Susan Downey is no stranger to Oswego, having grown up there and now residing not far down the road in Baldwinsville. She continues to maintain her mother’s residence with the hope that she will move back to her hometown in the coming years.
Those strong ties motivated Susan to contribute $100,000 to the newly established Oswego County Community Foundation, helping get it closer to its $500,000 fundraising goal.
“There are so many organizations and people in need in the Oswego community because of cut backs and limited funding,” said Downey. “I think it’s very important for money to remain in the area, so when I heard about the establishment of this foundation, I felt it was a great opportunity to give back to my roots.”
Downey’s passion and love for giving back is evident through her years of volunteer work with organizations such as the Baldwinsville Public Library, and the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center.
“I am hoping that this gift will motivate others in Oswego to step forward and give back,” said Downey. “The Oswego County Community Foundation has opened the doors for community members like me to be part of creating a permanent, ongoing source of support for the benefit of the region’s charitable organizations. It is a wonderful opportunity to make people more aware about giving locally.”
Once the initial fundraising goal of $500,000 is met, the foundation will award grants to local nonprofit organizations with programs ranging broadly from arts and culture, environment and animal welfare, to education, human services, health and civic affairs.
“The OCCF leadership team is grateful for the confidence and trust that Ms. Downey has placed in us by making a substantial personal gift to the foundation’s unrestricted endowment,” said Randy Zeigler, Oswego County Community Foundation interim chair. “This gift is getting us closer to the funding goal we need to reach to begin grantmaking within the county.”
The Oswego County Community Foundation is a component of the Central New York Community Foundation and is a geographically specific endowment that provides a source of permanent charitable dollars for nonprofits serving residents of Oswego County.
To learn more about the Oswego County Community Foundation, including how to make a contribution, visit OswegoCountyCF.org
Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.
The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million.
It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community.
The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds.
The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.