Peter Dunn became the third President and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation in Syracuse, NY in 2008. The oldest and largest philanthropic foundation in the Central New York region, the Community Foundation currently administers more than 600 component charitable funds with a collective value exceeding $150 million. In its most recent fiscal year, the Community Foundation distributed more than $8 million in grants and support for local leadership initiatives.

Previously, Peter was Vice President, Philanthropic Services with the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Peter joined the California Community Foundation as Gift Planning Officer in 1996, became Director of Gift Planning in 1998 and the foundation’s chief development officer in 2006. During his tenure, the foundation’s assets grew from $200 million to more than $1.3 billion and it received more than $1.2 billion in charitable contributions – in the process becoming one of the nation’s largest community foundations. From 1994 to 1996, Peter was Program Coordinator for Community Foundation Services at the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC. At the Council, Peter managed programs addressing community foundation legal, development, marketing and investment issues, the creation of foundations resulting from the conversion of nonprofit hospitals and the issuance of FASB SFAS 136 affecting nonprofit fund management. He began his nonprofit career as a campaign fundraiser for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County in 1993.


Community Foundation Spark Session: The Community Foundation Family Philanthropy Network: An Open Conversation with the Field

Posted on February 4, 2016 by Alicia Philipp, Elizabeth Sullivan, Nina Waters, Peter Dunn, Tony Macklin

In 2016, NCFP kicks off its second year of the Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network, a special initiative that aims to enhance the practice and effectiveness of community foundations as strategic partners and trusted advisors to philanthropic families. Join members of the initiative’s Advisory Committee for an open conversation about our progress to date, exciting plans in 2016 to equip… Read More