CNY Arts Welcomes Peter Dunn
CNY Arts Newest Board Member
In June 2008, Peter Dunn became the third President and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation in Syracuse, NY. 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.
Peter received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1990. He was admitted to practice law in New York State in January 1991 and practiced with a focus on civil litigation in Buffalo until 1993.
In June 2011, Peter was appointed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to the Attorney General's Leadership Committee on Nonprofit Revitalization. He is currently a board member and treasurer of: the Grantmakers Forum of New York, a regional association of foundations, and Syracuse Say Yes Scholarship, Inc. He is currently a board member of Syracuse 20/20, the Volunteer Lawyers Project on Onondaga County, CNYArts, and the Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse.
Peter lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Brigid Farrell Dunn, and daughters Katharine (9) and Elisabeth (8).