Partnership has potential to attract, retain young professionals to Utica, NY area

The Foundation recently partnered with the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. to make impact in the economic development of Herkimer and Oneida counties. A $10,000 investment made by The Foundation will help MVEDD purchase new office furnishings as well as upgrade its office technology. The upgrades allow MVEED to…
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Utica National Insurance Group invests in Foundation school readiness initiative

The Foundation and Utica National Insurance Group recently partnered to address school readiness in Utica, NY. Utica National Insurance Group invested $100,000 from their fund at The Foundation for the startup of a drop-in center at Johnson Park Center focused specifically on preparing pre-school age children for kindergarten. Currently, there…
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Foundation CEO Peggy O’Shea recognized by NAACP, On Point for College in Utica, NY

Retiring President and CEO Peggy O’Shea recently was recognized by the NAACP – Oneida County branch. At the organization’s annual dinner, Darlene Mack-Brown and branch President Dietra Harvey presented O’Shea with a plaque in “recognition of her years of service and commitment to the NAACP.” “In my opinion, Peggy has…
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Dan Heath encourages community to see its bright spots

More than 1,200 people ready to switch their thinking filled the SUNY Poly Wildcat Field House Thursday, Oct. 16, for The Foundation’s fourth-annual Speaker Series, featuring Dan Heath. Before Dan Heath, the New York Times bestselling author of “Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard,” even took the…
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Foundation board names Alicia Dicks as next CEO

The Community Foundation’s board of directors are pleased to announce Alicia Fernandez Dicks as the next President and CEO of The Foundation. She succeeds retiring Foundation President and CEO Peggy O’Shea, whose leadership and impact since 2005 has moved The Foundation to the social impact investor it is today. As…
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Dan Heath pre-event to showcase ‘thinkers’ of Utica, NY area

The Foundation’s Speaker Series pre-events have become as inspiring as the world-renowned speakers they precede. This year’s will continue to generate that pre-event buzz of featured speaker Dan Heath Thursday, Oct. 16. We want YOU to be excited and ready for what Dan Heath will bring to our community. We’ve…
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Dan Heath wants to know how you switched your thinking in Utica, NY

Co-author of “Switch” Dan Heath will be here Oct. 16, with three simple steps for how you can switch your thinking and change your community. But maybe you already have switched your thinking. Well, we want to hear your story. Visit our Facebook page, find the image that matches your…
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Switch your thinking with Dan Heath

The Foundation will present New York Time bestselling author Dan Heath on Thursday, Oct. 16, at SUNY Poly Wildcat Field House. The event will begin at 6 p.m with a pre-event hour of exciting conversation and activities designed to get you to think about switching your thinking. Heath is the…
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TEDxUtica announces this year’s speakers, Foundation is lead sponsor

As the lead sponsor for this year’s TEDxUtica, The Foundation is more than excited for the speakers at this year’s event Oct. 7, at RCIL.  

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Foundation partnership to decrease dropout rates in Rome schools

Today, The Foundation announced a partnership with Rome City School District that has the potential to dramatically increase the graduation rate for at-risk students. The joint effort brings nationally-recognized youth development program Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection to the city. “This program is far more than a safety net, it is a…
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