Jan Lane

Development Officer, Central New York Community Foundation

Jan Lane currently serves as Development Officer and has worked for the Community Foundation since 2013. Jan works in conjunction with the Vice President of Development and other development staff to support charitable planning for community-minded individuals, families and companies. Jan is primarily responsible for cultivating and facilitating the Community Foundation’s legacy planning program.

In 2015, Jan completed a Legacy Navigator training program through Celebrations of Life and leads workshops with a focus on personal history storytelling and legacy preservation. Jan is also a member of the 21/64 certified advisors network, which offers facilitated trainings, tools and resources in the areas of multi-generational and family philanthropy and legacy planning.

Jan believes that everyone has a story worth telling and is passionate about the power of stories to inspire generosity, resiliency, empathy and connections among strangers, family, friends and community members.

Jan has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Studio Art from Binghamton University. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse Class of 2019 and board member for Syracuse Improv Collective. Jan lives in Strathmore with her husband Patrick and their two cats. Together, and separately, Jan and her husband enjoy trivia, cooking, rock climbing, writing, painting and spending time with family in Vermont.

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $280 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.


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