Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation

2021 Foundation News

FOUNDATION OVERVIEW:

Mission Statement

To support programs that prepare young people for success in education and business so as to develop a viable workforce that leads to Greece economic prosperity and community development.

Overview

The Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation (GCCF) was created in 2002. The Foundation is a charitable nonprofit organization, a 501 (c) 3, and is led by a board of directors comprised of community volunteers.  Over the last 15 years, the Foundation has funded a variety of organizations, community projects, and initiatives.

Daniel E. Richardson Memorial Fund

In March 2018, the Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation established the Daniel E. Richardson Memorial Fund in honor of Daniel E. Richardson, the Foundation’s first Board Chair and an active member of the Foundation Board of Directors up until his untimely passing in January 2018. The Fund will support grants and initiatives that help young people succeed in school, higher education and the workforce.

To date, a significant number of generous donors have helped launch the fund. We thank them for their philanthropic support. For a full list of donors, click here.

Individuals interested in donating to the fund should contact Sarah Lentini at 585.944.5800 or at Sarah@GreeceChamber.org.

Investing in the Next Generation

GCCF has invested in a number of educationally based development opportunities.  These range from supporting

entrepreneurial training opportunities in conjunction with the University of Rochester to assisting with the Greece Continuing Education’s Bridges program to train and certify students in customer service techniques.  The Foundation holds strong ties to the three school districts that serve Greece and is particularly interested in supporting business related programs that will encourage this generation of students to build their businesses right here in Greece.

Employee Training Grants

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses  pay more than 45% of the total U.S. private payroll, have generated 60-80% of net new jobs annually over the last decade and represent about 99.7% of all employer firms.  GCCF recognizes the importance of small business not only on our national economy but also right here in Greece. That is why we have created an Employee Training Grant for local small businesses.  These grants ($1,000 and less) will allow these companies to access training that they might not otherwise have been able to secure for their employees. 

These companies are investing in their employees and the Greece Community. To apply for a matching training grant contact Sarah Lentini. Email: sarah@greecechamber.org.

Greece Chamber Charitable Foundation

President
Michael A. Mordenga
The Victors Gymnastics, Inc.
Bio of President Michael A. Mordenga

Vice President
Sarah Lentini
Greece Regional Chamber of Commerce

Immediate Past President
Kyle VanPutte
VanPutte Gardens

Secretary
Anne Loria
Bryant & Stratton College

Treasurer
Gil Cooper, CPA
Bud & Cooper Consultants

Roger Boily
Greece Town Supervisor (Retired)

John Cirella
ESL Federal Credit Union

Russell Herman
Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore

Jay Wilmot
The Mall at Greece Ridge

Joseph Kehm, CPA
EFPR Group

Bonnie Kuppinger
Kuppinger Realty

Carol Richardson
Latta Road Nursing Home

William Selke
Town of Greece

Eugene Welch, Esq.
Tully Rinckey PLLC

  • Greece Performing Arts Society
  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy at Athena High School
  • Greece Continuing Education – Customer Service Certificate Program
  • Internships at local businesses – VanPutte Gardens, Wehner Mower, American Custom Exteriors & Interiors
  • Bridging the Gap – Olympia High School entrepreneurial program
  • New Teachers Luncheon – in conjunction with Greece Rotary Foundation
  • “Refresh” Leadership Training – Greece School District
  • Arcadia High School Study Abroad student – Julie Marie Kuppinger Scholarship Recipient
  • St. John Fisher Study Abroad student – Julie Marie Kuppinger Scholarship Recipient
  • Michael W. Bliss Trust – Race on the Ridge 2008 & 2009 Recipient
  • Matching Training Funds – Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services, Inc.
  • Matching Training Funds – Lollypop Farms

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