The Allyn Foundation was founded in 1954 with a donation of $5,000 from W.G. Allyn and $5,000 from his father William Noah Allyn, as well as a $7,000 gift from Welch Allyn.  Over its 60-year history the Allyn Foundation has grown exponentially.  In 2006, William G. Allyn died and true to his kind hearted and caring nature, he bequeathed much of his estate to the Foundation. From 2006-2015, the Foundation’s assets of $30m provided many opportunities for community impact through the Foundation’s grant making and initiatives. 

In 2015, the Allyn Foundation underwent another seismic event.  With the sale of the family owned business, Welch Allyn, some family members decided to contribute significant funds to increase the impact of the Allyn Foundation.  Donations to the Allyn Foundation by Bill and Penny Allyn, Lew and Dawn Allyn; their children Eric, David and Mark Allyn, Tasha Allyn, Tanya Dillon and Josh Allyn: and their grandchildren Meaghan, Noah, David, Kaleen, Julia, Grace and Mo Allyn, Hanna Dillon, and Sonya and Luke Falcone have increased the Foundation’s assets to over $132m. With the increase in the Foundation’s assets, the Foundation changed its name from the Allyn Foundation to the Allyn Family Foundation. 

​Elsa Allyn Soderberg and her family have established the Elsa Allyn Soderberg Family Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation.

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  • Mark B. Allyn
  • Meaghan O. Allyn
  • Eric R. Allyn
  • Josh J. Allyn
  • Margaret M. O’Connell
    Executive Director
  • In Memoriam

    Janet “Penny” Allyn


  • Allison E. Allyn
  • Amy G. Allyn
  • Dave Allyn
  • David M. Allyn
  • Dawn N. Allyn
  • Grace Allyn
  • Julia O. Allyn
  • Kaleen O. Allyn
  • Lew F. Allyn
  • Mo Allyn
  • Noah Allyn
  • W. Scott Allyn
  • Tasha Allyn
  • William F. Allyn
  • Hanna Allyn Dillon
  • Tanya Allyn Dillon
  • Luke Allyn Falcone
  • Sonya Allyn Falcone