Community Equity Initiative

In July 2020, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties announced a $10 million, 10-year commitment to racial equity and social justice. The Community Equity Initiative will help realize our vision: A vibrant region with opportunity for all. This initiative begins with our community's pledge and will incorporate the following strategies.



Empower community residents, leaders and organizations to speak with one voice to drive change.


Real conversations leading to short-term gains and long-term change to build and sustain a community with opportunity for all.
impact centers

Impact Centers

Multiple nonprofits centered in high-needs neighborhoods.


Leverage investments with donor and national funder commitments.

Did You Know?

The Community Foundation has invested more than $90 million in the community since 1952.

Our donors’ 70 years of community investment continue to build a brighter future for all.

This community’s equity initiative and our other partnerships make our two counties stronger.


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What’s the Mohawk Valley Equity Pledge?
What’s the $10 million going to be spent on? And is more money really needed?
Don’t we already have lots of opportunities for people? Why is this necessary?
I live in a part of the Mohawk Valley that has no residents of color. Isn’t this really just about Utica, Rome and larger communities?
Is this going to support Black Lives Matter and similar groups seeking police reform and change?
Where does the money, the $10 million, come from?

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