Community Foundation Pledges Additional $1 Million To Support Say Yes Syracuse
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 8 -- The Community Foundation of Central New York issued the following news:
The Central New York Community Foundation's board of directors has voted to renew its $1 million commitment to the Syracuse Chapter of Say Yes to Education (Say Yes Syracuse). The gift continues the Community Foundation's annual support of the Say Yes tuition promise.
The first $1 million pledge from the Community Foundation came in 2009 and concludes in 2014. It remains the largest investment the Foundation has ever made to a community-wide initiative. The pledge provides $200,000 per year to pay for Say Yes Scholarships while the organization builds an endowment to perma-nently fund the scholarships.
"The board quickly recognized the potential of Say Yes to galvanize the community around education reform and economic development," said Peter Dunn, Community Foundation President & CEO. "The tuition promise is at the core of the Say Yes model, an incentive for students to persevere toward graduation and rein-force the message that college is a realistic and affordable option. We felt it was a priority to make that promise a reality for the first graduating class and those that followed. "
In 2011, SRC, Inc. committed $5 million in matching dollars to kick off an endowment campaign. To date, Say Yes Syracuse has raised 70 percent of the funds needed to complete the match. The ultimate goal is to build a $20 million endowment, managed by the Community Foundation, to provide a perpetual source of scholar-ship dollars. In addition to overseeing the investment of the Say Yes endowment funds, the Community Foundation works closely with Say Yes to administer the scholarship program and distribute last dollar aid to colleges on behalf of the scholarship recipients.
"We could not ask for a better partner than the Community Foundation," said Pat Driscoll, Say Yes Syracuse Operations Director. "This is a fantastic commitment from their board - a vote of confidence in the future of Say Yes in Syracuse."
The Say Yes Scholarship Endowment campaign has attracted significant funding from a number of foundation, corporate, and individual donors including the Allyn Foundation, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation and Raymour and Flanigan Furniture - who have each committed $500,000 toward the endowment. Neil Goldberg, President of Raymour and Flanigan, co-chairs the campaign with M&T Bank Regional President, Allen Naples. M&T was an early donor to the effort with a gift of $100,000.
Say Yes Syracuse is a landmark collaboration that brings together the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University, the Syracuse Teachers Association (STA), The Syracuse Association of Administrators and Supervisors, the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, the American Institutes for Research, a diverse group of Syracuse area corporate, non-profit and philanthropic organizations and a number of public and private higher education partners. Together, the partners work to efficiently and effectively organize people, time and money to support children in the city of Syracuse. To learn more about Say Yes go to http://www.sayyessyracuse.org.
Say Yes to Education Syracuse was recently featured in The Atlantic. Read the article here. (http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/10/one-citys-88-million-plan-send-more-kids-college/7154/)
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