Stories

Bamberger Family Fund
Bamberger Family Fund

Generous, caring, and compassionate.

That’s how those in the community who know them describe Rabbi Henry Bamberger and his wife, Sheila, whose professional and philanthropic impact has been profound over the last four decades. 

Lifelong Learning: Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement
Lifelong Learning: Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement

For the past 25 years, the Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement (MVILR) has provided opportunities for local seniors to “learn, live, grow, move, think, socialize and create” as they transition from years of hard work to productive retirement.

David and Janet Griffith Family Fund
David and Janet Griffith Family Fund

For the Griffith family, it’s all about giving back to the community—from generation to generation.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley
YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley

A vital piece to this community’s puzzle, the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley (“the Y”) has served this area for 150 years. 

Building a Living Legacy: Charles A. Gaetano
Building a Living Legacy: Charles A. Gaetano

In many ways Charles A. “Chuck” Gaetano’s story is Utica’s story. This fund spotlight features how Charles A. Gaetano built a living legacy. 

Evelyn’s House: A Safe Harbor for Motherhood
Evelyn’s House: A Safe Harbor for Motherhood

Evelyn’s House provides a more homelike, less institutional setting for our community’s young mothers and moms-to-be facing extraordinary challenges.

Your Foundation - Your Partner in Innovation, Leadership and Impact
Your Foundation - Your Partner in Innovation, Leadership and Impact

We’ve come to think of some of our work as a series of “initiatives,” things that we’ve introduced or started, but the growing number of major projects are much more than the word’s definition suggests. 

Inspiring Mentor: The Legacy of Earl Cunningham
Inspiring Mentor: The Legacy of Earl Cunningham

For the late Earl Cunningham, it was one small act of kindness that transformed his life and legacy for the better.

The Center for Leadership Excellence: Developing Strong Leaders
The Center for Leadership Excellence: Developing Strong Leaders

The Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) is dedicated to growth, community, collaboration, and awareness, connecting and inspiring people to work together, take action, and develop current and next-generation community leaders.

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