A Better Start for Preschoolers with Special Needs

Children with special needs often can’t get appropriate support when they enter preschool. That’s part of the reason why a child in preschool is three times more likely to be expelled than a child in a K-12 school, says Deborah Fitzgerald, a professional development specialist and coach for early childhood teachers.  Even when a school Read more

Mini-Grants, Maximum Impact

Librarians are champs at squeezing optimal value out of every dollar in a budget. Their ingenuity makes it a special pleasure to support local libraries through the Community Foundation Library Fund.  The fund was born in 2008, on the dissolution of the Broome Library Foundation. That group’s board asked the Community Foundation to take over Read more

Moving Along, Standing Strong

While working on a small scale, some organizations make a deep impact on individual lives. That’s the case with two nonprofits we funded in 2018, both with a focus on empowerment.  The first, Move Along, Inc., gives people with physical limitations a chance to enjoy a variety of sports. One of its programs provides adaptive Read more

ACA Memorial Fund

The intent of the Park Committee was to establish a fund for the long term preservation of the park, and as we approach the 10th anniversary we have acted on this intent in partnership with the Community Foundation.

Safe Haven for Pets Gives Women Peace of Mind

Victims of domestic violence face many obstacles that keep them from escaping danger. There’s one challenge that might not have occurred to you, but Karen Matson knows it well. “We often hear about people who won’t leave bad situations because they don’t want their animals to be left behind,” says Matson, executive director at the Read more

Tackling Community Issues

The Community Foundation was born in Broome County, but we’ve always pursued a multi-county mission. In 1997, the board of directors of the Hoyt Foundation and its executive director, Judith Peckham, conceived the Community Foundation as a way to expand Hoyt’s reach into counties around Broome that had no community foundations of their own. Challenged Read more

Black Knight Funds

Created in 2009, to enhance the educational experience of students in the Windsor Central School District Community, the Black Knight Funds allow donors to make a lasting impact on the Windsor Central School educational experience.

Binghamton Police K-9 Fund

The Binghamton Police K-9 Fund allows donors to direct gifts for the support and operation of the current canine unit (as well as retired dogs) for purchase of food, medication, veterinary bills, training, equipment, and new service dogs.

Black Knight Scholarship Fund

The Black Knight Legacy Fund is dedicated to providing as many scholarships as possible to graduating seniors of Windsor Central High School, and to to help with their pursuit of college or trade-school education.

The Barbara H. Chaffee, MD, MPH Educational Fund

The Barbara H. Chaffee, MD, MPH Educational Fund was created in 2010 to honor and recognize over two decades of Dr. Chaffee’s service to people with HIV/AIDS and the health care professionals who care for them. It allows donors to make a lasting impact on the delivery of health care for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Binghamton area and honors the work and life of Dr. Chaffee.

Kirkwood Inspiration Park Fund

The Friends of Kirkwood Parks committee is asking for the community’s support to build Kirkwood Inspiration Playground, an all-inclusive playground project, by the summer of 2019, a fun, safe, and inclusive play space where children of all abilities can grow and learn through physical, emotional, sensory and social experiences.

Our Space Fund

The Our Space Fund, opened in 2014 to support OurSpace at RecPark, is a collaborative project of Life is Washable, the City of Binghamton Parks and Recreation Department and the Binghamton University School of Management PricewaterhouseCooper Scholars Program.

Selrahc Scholarship Fund

The Edward L. Rose Conservancy was founded in 1986 to protect land, preserve natural habitat and increase public awareness through education, research and outreach programs. Your donations support priority land conservation projects as well as environmental programs for youth and families in the Southern Tier.

Tina Fund

The Tina Fund was established in loving memory of Tina Turner, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2013. The fund will provide grants to individuals and families in Broome and Chenango Counties who struggle with costs related to breast cancer diagnosis.

S.E.E.D.s of Hope Fund

S.E.E.D. (Stimulating. Exceptional. Ethical. Duty.) Planning Group helps businesses formulate strategies, including their plans for charitable giving. So chief executive officer Travis Maus knows full well how important it is to get younger people involved in philanthropy. The company established the new fund in July 2013.

Schools and Communities Unite to Steer Kids Toward Success

Some of the most alarming facts to emerge from the Community Foundation’s Regional Needs Assessment concern childhood poverty. In Broome County, for example, more than 25 percent of children live below the poverty line. While poverty may leave children malnourished, poorly housed and poorly clothed, the harm doesn’t stop there. For low-income families, education doesn’t Read more

The Multi-Front Fight Against Opioid Addiction

As the Foundation’s Needs Assessment notes, admissions for treatment of heroin addiction have soared in our region in recent years. Concerned community members have launched numerous programs to fight this epidemic, and their progress is encouraging. The Community Foundation joined the battle from the start, participating on the Broome Opioid Abuse Council (BOAC) and funding Read more