As always, the Upstate Foundation is here for you.

As part of the Upstate family — and fully appreciating the critical work being conducted in this unprecedented time by our colleagues all across Upstate Medical University – we’re taking this opportunity to remind our donors, supporters, partners, allies, suppliers, and other key constituents that the Upstate Foundation is fully functional, fully engaged and, with your support, fully committed to helping our community overcome this crisis.

Here, with new COVID-19 related funds 

The Upstate Foundation matched the first $10,000 donated to these three funds. Thank you to those who have already donated and to those who continue to donate to help our staff, students and patients.

Support of Upstate Employees Fund – #47681

Rapidly responding to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Upstate Foundation has established a fund to provide support for Upstate employees with unmet needs such as child and elder care expenses, and food. There is a $200 limit per family, although exceptions may be made for additional support.

To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Virtual Visitation Fund for Upstate Patients – #47985

Established by the Office of Patient Experience, this fund provides electronic devices for patient use so that they may keep in contact with loved ones since there are currently severe visitor restrictions in the hospital. These devices will also be used to provide distractions for patients such as reading, browsing the web, watching videos and listening to music.

To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Student Retention Emergency Fund – #44555

To provide financial assistance to Upstate students who experience sudden and /or significant financial hardship that may impact their ability to remain in school. Emergency assistance to students will not exceed $1,000 per hardship.

To learn more or to make a donation, click here.

Here for our donors

Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, our efforts to raise money for other important projects, programs and needs must continue unabated. Accordingly, the entire Upstate Foundation team, like other organizations, has transitioned to a combined remote work environment and in office, where we remain ready to assist our donors in any way we can. Whether the current state of affairs has inspired you to increase your charitable giving, establish a new fund to address issues brought on by COVID-19, or channel your concern through a fundraiser… Whether your company or organization is looking for ways to leverage collective strength to raise funds, volunteer time or donate resources in this time of need… Or whether you have questions about support previously given… Your Upstate Foundation development officer can assist you or answer any questions you may have.

Here for our beneficiaries

Fund advisors and those who benefit from financial support from the Upstate Foundation may also have questions or concerns regarding the pandemic’s impact on the flow of funding. Your contact at the Foundation is on hand to speak with and reassure you on such matters. 

Here for our local, corporate partners

The team at Upstate Foundation is keenly aware that this may be a time when you are in need of support from us. One way we thought we could help is to give you some additional exposure. Click here for a list of our partners and the services they are providing. 

How to contact us

The Upstate Foundation’s remote work plan has enabled us to maintain our regular operating hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To reach us during these hours, please utilize one of the following methods and we will respond to you within one business day, maximum.

  •  Email:

  •  Phone / voicemail: 315-464-4416

Additionally, if you know the name of your Upstate Foundation contact, you are also encouraged and welcome to contact individual staff members via their phone numbers or emails, available on our [Meet the Staff] page.

After hours, please also feel free to send emails or leave voicemails, as we are diligently checking and responding to all inquiries, at all times, and across all lines of communication.