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donate-button-jpgInterFaith Works of Central New York provides services that address the needs of and empower people who are vulnerable, low income and targets of oppression. Through education, service and dialogue, our mission is to affirm the dignity of each person and every faith community and to create relationships and understanding among us.

Your gift to InterFaith Works’ Annual Appeal supports our Center for New Americans, El-Hindi Center for Dialogue, Senior Services and Spiritual Care Programs.

Click on the videos below to learn how InterFaith Works changed the life of Bonke Rugira, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a facilitator in the El-Hindi Center for Dialogue’s high school exchange program.

Bonke Rugira explains how the El-Hindi Center for Dialogue changed his and other teens’ lives when they joined a high school exchange.

Bonke Rugira discusses his journey as a refugee and his new life in the United States.

Since resettling its first refugee family in Syracuse in 1981, IFW has grown into a multi-faceted organization serving thousands of individuals each year. Yet, we have always lived under the aegis of someone else. Currently, IFW’s administrative offices and program services are located in two separate locations, creating inefficiencies and limiting our potential for growth as an organization.

After a long search process and careful analysis, we have found a home at 1010 James Street in Syracuse that will command respect and position the agency for the important work ahead. With your support, our new headquarters will be more than just a building. It will be a home for our programs and for the important work of dialogue. Your investment will create a welcoming space for people of all faiths to share their stories and traditions. It will create a hub for community members to meet and use the tools of dialogue to address problems rooted in racism and religious and ethnic bigotry. Your investment will help establish a beacon for refugees who are eager to start their new lives and become contributing citizens. It will strengthen our ability to provide companionship and spiritual care to thousands of institutionalized and frail elderly individuals in Central New York.

Your investment will strengthen the health of our community and ensure that InterFaith Works is here for future generations.

Your gift to InterFaith Works supports our numerous programs:

Center for New Americans Refugee Resettlement
El-Hindi Center for Dialogue
Interfaith Initiatives
Senior Services / Senior Companion Program

Click on the links above to learn more about our programs and the many projects and events sponsored by InterFaith Works. If you wish to support a specific need or program, contact Development Director Denise Robertson at (315) 449-3552, ext. 120, or email drobertson@interfaithworkscny.org, and you will receive a personal response.

Bridge Fund

On behalf of InterFaith Works of CNY, thank you for your generous donation in support of InterFaith Works of Central New York’s Bridge Funding. These are extraordinarily challenging times for our agency, and your support means the world to us.

The Trump administration’s stance on immigration has had devastating effects on refugees, their families already resettled in the United States, and resettlement agencies. The first Executive Order halted the arrival of refugees for at least four months. With the subsequent injunction, we were able to settle a handful of people. A subsequent Executive Order has shut down the pipeline for another 120 days and has, again, targeted refugees from six primarily Muslim nations. While the federal injunctions have given us a short reprieve and a few refugees have been able to come, if they had already been vetted and if they already had a travel plan, we understand this is a temporary situation. It remains to be seen when refugee arrivals will resume and how many refugees our agency will receive for the remainder of the fiscal year. One of our greatest joys has been the reunification of families who have been separated from one another. Not being able to continue this reunification has been heart-wrenching for our refugee families awaiting loved ones as well as our staff.

Our work and mission are more important now than ever before, and InterFaith Works will not close! Our Board, supporters and staff are committed to using this time to strengthen the agency’s ability to serve the refugees who are already here, and to welcome new refugees once the American door is again open to them. We have been reaching out to our representatives to inform them about refugee resettlement, and to drive home the effect of the Executive Order on refugees, our agency, and the social fabric and economic fortitude of Central New York. We are committed to an expanded dialogue to include ALL Americans, including those that support the Trump agenda, so that honest, courageous conversations can be fostered.

Many supporters of InterFaith Works have come forth to assist us during these challenging times, and we have been uplifted by their gifts of friendship and financial support. We are humbled and grateful to count you among them.

With sincere gratitude,

Beth A. Broadway

A one-time cash gift will immediately benefit and impact specific programs, services or events to which your gift is designated. InterFaith Works is recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3), so your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Click on the donate button below to make a secure online gift:

Or mail your check attention to the Development Department, payable to InterFaith Works:

InterFaith Works of CNY
Development Department
1010 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

Enjoy the ease and convenience of being a recurring donor while providing ongoing support and stability for our work and programs. Your gift can be charged to your credit card on a recurring basis on a specific monthly date, or in the time frame of your choice. You can adjust your giving level or your commitment at any time.

Please complete our online donor form to donate securely online.

Pay tribute to a special person, or honor the memory of a loved one, by making a gift in their name. All tribute and memorial gifts will be acknowledged through a note to the honoree or family of your loved one.

Gift Planning

Would you like to make a gift to the InterFaith Works, but are unsure how it will fit within your overall financial goals? Long-term strategic planning may be the answer you are looking for. Many friends of InterFaith Works are having a powerful impact on the organization by creating gift plans that secure InterFaith Work’s future while protecting their own interests as part of a comprehensive financial plan.

Planning for the Future

Gift planning offers many types of charitable gift arrangements that benefit you, your family, and Interfaith Works. For example, you may own assets you never realized could be used to produce income. Or you may have highly appreciated assets that can create inexpensive gifts. Contact the Development Department to discuss opportunities to meet your personal financial goals and leave a legacy of a better life for future generations.

Let Us Help You Plan

InterFaith Works will work in partnership with you and your advisors to select the gift vehicle that best meets your financial and philanthropic goals—and attain a level of philanthropy and good will you will be satisfied with. Contact the Development Department at (315) 449-3552 to discuss how we can help you plan.

Your gift to InterFaith Works supports our numerous programs which work to affirm dignity across all boundaries:

I invite you to browse our website under the Programs tab to learn about all of these programs and the many projects and events sponsored by InterFaith Works.

If you need help in completing your transaction, or if you wish to fund a specific need or program, please contact Development Director Denise Robertson at (315) 449-3552, ext. 120, or email drobertson@interfaithworkscny.org, and you will receive a personal response.

Please be assured that InterFaith Works is committed to maintaining the highest levels of confidentiality and security with your on-line donations.

Thank you for your interest in making a contribution to InterFaith Works. We rely on gifts from people just like you to help us fulfill our mission of affirming the dignity of every member of our community through service, education, and dialogue.

Each and every gift – no matter how large or small – is important to the people and communities we serve. Your gift makes a difference!

In gratitude,




Beth A. Broadway