For many of us giving began with a modest tzedakah box. Perhaps just a blue and white tin pushke.
The coins we dropped in for "charity", was our first introduction to Jewish philanthropy. From early childhood, we learned our responsibility to care for other Jews in need.
Today, Jewish philanthropy has evolved. It goes far beyond the act of dropping loose change into the pushke, now it's a dynamic process that requires forethought and careful planning. The children who once saved their pennies for tzedakah are actively planning Endowment Gifts and forming Donor Advised Funds to provide a continuing legacy for living.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York was formed to respond to this evolution. We strive to match the donor's philanthropic interest to the designated agency, organization or synagogue that they prefer. Today's donors are more involved and creative than ever before and the Foundation is here to accomodate the new realities of Jewish philanthropy.