Our Foundation

Build, Enhance & Sustain the Community in Which We Live

Welcome to the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties! Our experienced and dedicated staff and trustees are committed to matching donor support with community and nonprofit organization needs through innovative, solution-based community investments aimed at positive impact. Our community project funding and initiatives have allowed us to move our region forward.

For 70 years, we have grown and stewarded community resources to ensure greater capacity for future needs and unexpected challenges. On top of creating endowed funds and setting up planned charitable giving options, we've also created many scholarship and community grant opportunities.

If you'd like to learn more about our community funding opportunities, how to set up a planned giving partnership, or finding ways to get involved, we welcome you to contact us today!

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Our Mission

Engage

Engage

We partner with donors and community organizations to determine funding solutions to residents' needs, advancing and enhancing community development.

Invest

Invest

We maximize donor impact through long-term stewardship, and commit funds and resources to nonprofit partner organizations for the greatest possible community impact.

Lead

Lead

We provide leadership to bring community partners together for collaborative impact, acting as a trusted advocate that can bridge differences and build meaningful coalitions.

Annual Figures as of December 31, 2023

$195M
Total Assets
$15.2M
Donations
1,230
Donors
520
Active Funds
$11M
Community Investments
  • $195M
    Total Assets
  • $15.2M
    Donations
  • 1,230
    Donors
  • 520
    Active Funds
  • $11M
    Community Investments
Our Story is Your Story

Strengthening Our Community Together

Strengthening Our Community Together
Who We Are

We Are Here to Better Our Community

Through nonprofit partnerships we work to strengthen our community, enhancing neighborhood vibrancy, creating jobs, educating, and addressing racial equity and social justice challenges.

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

“My wife and I had talked about establishing a foundation, and as we discussed it more, we began to see all the potential challenges involved. How do you manage it? How do you decide what agencies to give grants to without the ability to supervise it all? The more challenges that we considered, the more it seemed that the Community Foundation was the place that could handle all of these matters and handle them very well.”

Donald Van Waes, Fundholder

“It has been an unbelievable relationship. We’ve been able to figure out a way to utilize the Community Foundation’s resources for some great projects that have turned into stories that we’ve been able to tell in various ways about how amazing the organization has been in helping us reach our goal of building community.”

Kevin Crosley, President/CEO, Arc Herkimer

“Every day, I’m proud to be part of a community so rich in promise and possibility—as we turn challenges into progress. Together we can realize our collective potential so that everyone’s opportunity to succeed contributes to a bright future for all.”

Alicia Fernandez Dicks, President/CEO
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The West Street Impact Center is the kind of space that can help this community come together and flourish.

Community Foundation Awards Over $2 Million to Nonprofits, Opens 6 New Funds
Community Foundation Awards Over $2 Million to Nonprofits, Opens 6 New Funds

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties announced more than $2 million in grants during the first quarter of 2024 to organizations and initiatives primarily in the areas of human services, health, arts and culture, and education.

Demolition of Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation Building Clears Way for West Street Impact Center
Demolition of Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation Building Clears Way for West Street Impact Center

The $74 Million Cornhill Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative took a significant step forward with the demolition of the Mid-Utica Neighborhood Preservation Corporation (MUNPC), or Leisure Time Activity Center building on West Street. The demolition clears the way to start construction on the West Street Impact Center which will serve as one of two anchors for this community’s historic transformation.

Community Foundation to Host Third-Annual 24-hour Giving Day to Support Nonprofits
Community Foundation to Host Third-Annual 24-hour Giving Day to Support Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties will host the third-annual 24-hour online day of community giving, “Mohawk Valley Gives,” on Friday, September 20, to benefit nonprofits serving the Mohawk Valley. Organizations interested in participating for 2024 will need to complete a registration form at givemv.org between Wednesday, May 1 through Friday, May 31.

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