Board of Directors – 2017
Patrick J. Doyle, Chair
Jean Levenson, Vice Chair
President, Sentry Alarms
Paul F. Wood, Secretary
Trust Officer, Community Bank, N.A.
James C. Daniels, CPA, Treasurer
Managing Partner, Davidson Fox & Company
Dr. Laura Bronstein
Dean, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University
Susan A. Burtis
Group Manager, M&T Bank
Heather M. Cornell
Partner, Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP
Rajesh Dave’, MD
Executive VP, Chief Medical Officer, UHS
Dean, Clinical Campus, SUNY Upstate
Fidelity Investments, Director, Managing Director
Mark S. Gorgos
Managing Partner, Coughlin and Gerhart, LLP
Senior Project Manager, Delaware Engineering, D.P.
President/CEO, Visions Federal Credit Union
Senior Career Advisor, School of Management, Binghamton University
Jon J. Sarra
Assistant Managing Partner, Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP
Twenty Years of Philanthropic Impact
For 20 years, the Community Foundation for South Central New York has been putting roots deep into our communities and branching out into every corner of our five-county region.
We stayed especially busy in 2017. The year started with an exciting opportunity to join the Rural Economic Development Philanthropic Innovators Network (REDPIN), a project of the Aspen Institute and the National Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. As the only East Coast community foundation in this nine-member network, we learned from our colleagues in the Midwest and West how to better foster economic opportunity and entrepreneurship in our rural communities. At meetings in Chicago and Baltimore, we explored how to combine philanthropy and economic development, learning from the best in the business and then putting those concepts to work right away in Chenango and Delaware counties.
In fact, economic development became an important theme for us throughout the year, as we pursued initiatives to foster prosperity and improve quality of life. In Chenango County, we held many meetings with local leaders to address the challenges of workforce development. In Broome County, we launched discussions about how to establish a much-needed grocery store on the North Side of Binghamton. We also visited several rural organizations that promote economic development in their communities by supporting local agriculture. Finally, we worked in concert with the Chobani Foundation to open a fund expanding economic opportunity and entrepreneurship.
As part of our effort to “branch out,” we hit the road again and again in 2017, visiting grantees in many small communities, including Bovina, Walton, Delhi, Oxford, Bainbridge, Afton, Coventry, and Hancock. We also started developing a series of county-by-county “scatter maps” on our website, showing where residents can find programs focused on seven issues we uncovered in our regional needs assessment: transportation, housing, food, early childhood education, addiction treatment and prevention, and poverty.
The Foundation reached some significant milestones in 2017. The Women’s Fund not only turned 15 but also drew the largest crowd ever to its annual breakfast, which featured a talk by former First Lady of Canada and mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau.
In honor of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, we held two events. First came a reception for grantees in the spring at the Roberson Museum and Science Center. Then, in October, we marked the occasion with more than 200 friends and family members at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. As part of that celebration, we made a special grant of $20,000 to Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) to support their economic and community development work in and around Hancock.
In our 2017 annual report, you’ll learn a great deal more about the Foundation’s activities as we enter our third decade. The report takes a new form, throwing a spotlight on each of our five counties, one by one, to illuminate the good work we do there, thanks to the dedication of community philanthropists. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with the partners who make it all possible.