Building strong families & vibrant neighborhoods 

in Central New York.

Grant Making Strategies

The Allyn Family Foundation believes that Central New York possesses the human and social capital to build a more inclusive and prosperous community.  But our rates of poverty and social inequality present a significant hindrance to realizing our full potential.  Poverty is complex and pernicious but we do know from extensive research that there are strategies and investments that can make a difference.  We have a local, place-based approach to addressing systemic and structural inequity. That’s why we focus our time and resources on these key areas:  Early Childhood, Women’s Health and Empowerment, Economic Opportunity, and Vibrant Neighborhoods.


Our equity-based approach centers on people, place, and opportunity:

  • Supporting healthy development for children and families

  • Building family economic stability and self-sufficiency

  • Supporting places and spaces that bring people together with intention

  • Building neighborhoods of choice

  • Amplifying community voice and power-building



The Allyn Family Foundation, as a local, community-based funder, believes in an engaged and proactive approach to philanthropy.  Our approach to grant making focuses on commitments that enable us to invest in long-term strategies and partnerships that strengthen families and communities.  We work from the premise that solutions to community issues must come from the community, both its individuals and its institutions.  By collaborating with other funders, governmental agencies, individuals and organizations we work to address real problems and real solutions by leveraging our collective assets.

The vast majority of our grant making centers around our focus areas and strategic initiatives.  We do however, have a pool of resources known as the Opportunity Fund that organizations from Onondaga and Cayuga County can apply for.  If you are interested in applying, please click here.

To see some of the past grant recipients from 2019, please click here.