CenterState CEO Affiliated Foundations

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 CEO Foundation

CenterState CEO Foundation’s (CEO Foundation) mission is to support CenterState CEO’s community-focused activities, such as improving access to quality jobs and entrepreneurship and building more welcoming and inclusive workplaces. Supported programs include:

  • Up Start small business development program
  • DEI Training for Nonprofits
  • Work Train workforce development initiative

CenterState CEO's Growth + Equity Fund is one of CenterState CEO’s newest initiatives, designed to mitigate barriers to business success and growth for entrepreneurs from historically marginalized populations and neighborhoods. Through the Fund, small-business owners gain access to micro-grants and loans, as well as customized support that better positions them to grow their businesses and access more traditional financing.

Join us! Your gift to the CenterState CEO Foundation will help open access to economic opportunity for our fellow residents. Contact Kelly Fumarola, executive director of the CenterState CEO Foundation and CenterState Development Foundation.

CenterState Development Foundation

The CenterState Development Foundation (CDF) is a 501c3 nonprofit 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 economic development projects with local and regional significance, including The Pike Block, The Galleries of Syracuse, Electronics Park, and the Central New York Regional Market.

We Want to Hear From You

CenterState CEO and its Foundations would like to understand the issues, opportunities and initiatives that interest you most, to help us create a region where business thrives, and all people prosper.