Supporting Positive Change

The Utica National Group Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation was created in 2014 with a $1 million gift marking Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s centennial. Bernard Turi, Utica National Insurance Group senior vice president, chairs the fund’s screening committee, a nine-person employee group whose members serve six-year terms and help…
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Centering Our Impact

“Impact Center.” It’s a term that has dominated Community Foundation discussions for more than three years, as the Board of Trustees and staff moved from talking about a concept, to examining a potential reality. But for many, explaining the definition and the possibilities remain elusive. What, then, is an impact…
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Encore at the Uptown

For nearly five years, the doors to the Uptown Theatre remained closed, its marquee empty — literal and symbolic representations of the void created in the community by the shuttering of a once-thriving venue that anchored the South Utica neighborhood. All that changed in 2017 when Uptown Theatre for Creative…
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Endless Possibilities | Spring 2019

This edition of our newsletter focuses on how The Community Foundation is adapting the way we do business to fulfill our mission to Engage, Invest and Lead. No organization has all the answers, but we, together with our partners and donors, have the means and the will to chart a…
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Oneida County, City of Utica, Nonprofit Partners Sign Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Compact

On Tuesday, June 4, Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition partners signed a compact with the Green & Health Homes Initiative (GHHI), establishing Utica-Oneida County as one of 26 designated GHHI sites in the nation. Oneida County, the City of Utica and other nonprofit partners will work in partnership to form “GHHI…
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Community Partners Announce Downtown Utica Vision-Action Planning Process

Initiative will provide roadmap for connecting multiple current, future developments The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, in partnership with the City of Utica, Oneida County, the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Valley EDGE and the Genesis Group, today announced an initiative that will result in a vision-and-action…
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Utica National Group Foundation Fund

The Utica National Group Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation was created in 2014 with a $1 million gift marking Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s centennial. Grants made through this donor-advised fund supplement ongoing grantmaking from its own foundation held at Utica National. Bernard Turi, Utica National Insurance Group senior vice…
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Staffworks Save A Life Campaign Raises More Than $680,000 for Animal Welfare Organizations

Staffworks Commits Additional $1 Million to Regional Animal Welfare Initiatives Representatives from the Staffworks Charitable Fund and The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties announced yesterday the record-breaking results of the 2018 Save A Life Campaign, a matching gift program that doubled community donations, up to $10,000 per organization,…
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Helping Students Climb Ahead

Watson Williams Elementary School recently celebrated the installation of an interactive sports wall made possible through the generosity of a $14,400 grant from the M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund and other community partners. Located in the school’s gymnasium, the climbing wall encourages children to participate in imaginative play, while…
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Creating An Age-Friendly Community

In the scope of human history, the past 85 years were but a blip in time; however, when experienced over the span of an individual’s lifetime, they were witness to some of the most significant social changes the world has seen. This time was marked by conflict and peace, division…
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