Fund for Racial Justice and Equity established

The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties recently announced the first step in a long-term strategy to challenge and overcome systemic racism and a broad range of longstanding barriers to opportunity for persons of color.

Established with a gift of $50,000 from the Ronald and Sheila Cuccaro Family Fund, and a $50,000 match from the Community Foundation, the Fund for Racial Justice and Equity will support efforts to advance equality and social justice, building on the Community Foundation’s partnerships with nonprofit organizations, local government and other allies.

“As a community, as a society, the time for committed action and meaningful change is today, tomorrow, and as long as it takes,” said Community Foundation President-CEO Alicia Dicks.

“Thanks to Ron and Sheila Cuccaro’s example and to all those who will be inspired to give to this fund, the Community Foundation‘s work to build a Dicks said the foundation and partner organizations will seek out other major donor and community support to build the fund over time.

The establishment of the fund, she said, is “just the beginning of an expanded effort by the Community Foundation to build on its years-long engagement with Black community leaders, partner organizations, and donors to address longstanding issues.”

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