CenterState CEO Foundation and CenterState Development Foundation are CenterState CEO-affiliated not-for-profit organizations led by a diverse board of community and business leaders. The foundations are focused on developing the philanthropic partnerships necessary to develop, scale, and replicate successful community prosperity initiatives.
CenterState Development Foundation
The CenterState Development Foundation (CDF) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that fulfills a key role in CenterState CEO’s efforts to improve the region’s economic viability and quality of life. Since its predecessor, the Metropolitan Development Foundation (MDF), was incorporated in 1981, CDF has served as a vehicle to fund and implement many projects with local and regional economic significance including:
- Creative Communities Initiative, supported by an $800,000 grant from the Ford Foundation—to promote sustainable and equitable regional economic and community development. This initiative led to the creation of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank and various regional land use strategies to promote inclusive regional economic growth; and
- Vision 2010, a regional economic development plan foundational to the region’s subsequent collaborative strategies, including the winning proposal to CNY Rising Upstate Revitalization Challenge that attracted $500 million in state funding for regional economic development projects; and the
Since its predecessor, the Metropolitan Development Foundation (MDF), was incorporated in 1981, CDF has served as a vehicle to fund and implement many local and regional economic development projects.
Current and past institutional philanthropic supporters of the Foundations include: