Dan Heath to speak in Utica, NY

We are thrilled to announce this year’s featured speaker in The Foundation’s fourth annual Corporate Partners-sponsored Speaker Series will be New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath. Heath will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at SUNYIT. A social networking pre-event will begin at 6 p.m. Heath is a…
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Utica National Group donates $1 million to Community Foundation

A $1 million gift from the Utica National Group Foundation to The Community Foundation is the latest partnership to create lasting impact in the community. The Utica National Group Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Utica National Insurance Group. The Group will distribute at least $100,000 in grants into…
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Community investments made to library, hospital, health department

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DECEMBER grants made: LutheranCare — $81,398 An $81,398 grant will allow for the creation of four semi-private bariatric spaces that will be used to house patients who weigh 400 pounds or more. Previously, these patients had to be turned away for lack of appropriate accommodations. Utica Public Library — $100,000…
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Utica, NY program combines economic development, entrepreneurship

Thanks to our donors, The Community Foundation recently was able to invest $84,000 in thINCubator – a new business incubator and student accelerator designed to promote entrepreneurship driven by Mohawk Valley Community College. thINCubator is housed at 106 Genesee St., in the Bagg’s Square West district. Modeled after other successful…
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Foundation invests nearly $300,000 in local education

In May, we announced the 25/25 goal, tasking the community to increase the number of adults with bachelor’s degrees to 25 percent by 2025. Since then, we’ve been busy working to fund and implement strategies and programs to help meet that goal. The Foundation recently made investments in programs that…
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Speaker Series featuring Richard Florida a success in Utica, NY

Nearly 2,000 people packed the Stanley Theater for The Foundation’s third annual Corporate Partners-sponsored Speaker Series. World-renowned urban theorist Richard Florida’s arrived to a community buzzing with excitement and fueled to act. His message of empowerment ignited the crowd. He described Herkimer and Oneida counties as having the ingredients for…
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25/25 session moving Foundation closer to education goal

The Community Foundation’s first strategic planning session to reach its 25/25 goal attracted more than 60 community members who came together to brainstorm ways we all can reach this goal – that 25 percent of Herkimer and Oneida county residents will have bachelor’s degrees by 2025. The sessions were led…
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Grant allows Utica Library to avoid disaster

The Community Foundation recently invested $125,000 to restore the Utica Public Library’s deteriorating gutters and make repairs to its roof. The grant came from the following Foundation funds: Rosamond G. Childs Fund, Watson Lowery Memorial Fund, Sinnott-Sheldon Fund and the Sinnott Family Fund, the Mele Fund.  These grants have funded…
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Passionate donor gives back to Utica, NY through fund

In this guest editorial to The Observer-Dispatch, donor and fund-holder Steve Oram talks about how his fund at The Community Foundation allows him to give back to the community that shaped him today. Oram is a successful attorney in Chevy Chase, Md. and uses the fund to give an internship…
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