It is our business philosophy and practice to give back to our community and Syracuse University. We are proud to be supporters of local nonprofit organizations, such as the Westcott Community Center, Vera House Shelter for Battered Women, the historic Mills Rose Garden in the University Neighborhood, Kids Oneida, WAER Public Radio, Clear Path for Veterans, Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse, and Reach CNY.
We have sponsored the Beats and Eats Block Party organized by the Daily Orange.
We support and sponsor music and cultural events like ‘Westcott Trumps Hate’, a concert event at the Westcott Theatre that raised $3000+ for progressive student and community groups. See video footage here and press coverage here and here.
We enjoy working with local Neighborhood associations to provide useful tools and solutions for improved quality of life. Check out our recently produced map of the University Neighborhood here.
We are also financial supporters of local art venues, such as the Artrage Gallery,
the Red Cup Project, and established artists, such as Echo Makes, , and the Westcott Nation’s own Joe Driscoll, as well as supporting our student tenants who are just beginning their professional art careers. We regularly hire our artist tenants to help design murals and sculpture pieces, that are permanently displayed at our properties. We feel that fostering art and music in the University neighborhood adds to the quality and vitality of living in the area. Since 2015 is our foundation Lively-hood!, a fund dedicated to more public art in the university neighborhood.
While most landlords have bans on pets, we here at Rent From Ben encourage our tenants to consider rescuing animals and are happy to promote responsible pet ownership in our properties. As part of our policy, we will waive the pet deposit fee for any tenant who chooses to adopt a rescue cat or dog. My family has a history of working to support pet adoptions and rescues, and we hope our tenants will also consider giving a pet in need a home. Read our story here.
Rent From Ben supports Spay and Neuter Syracuse and hundreds upon hundreds of spay/neuter surgeries through Fixing to Help. We cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for pets of low-income residents of Syracuse and Onondaga County and are heading into our 550th sponsored pet in our 1 1/2 years of existence (as of fall 2020). Read a success story here!
A foundation to foster art and cultural projects in and for the Syracuse University neighborhood. Lively-hood! will provide funds to create public arts projects in the eastern neighborhood abutting Syracuse University, primarily in the area along Euclid Avenue from the SU campus to Westcott Street.
Over the last two years, Rent From Ben has sponsored a series of public art projects in this area, but is now aiming to expand the scope and quantity of projects with the Lively-hood! Foundation.
According to Benjamin Tupper, owner of Tupper Property Management, over the last 24 months, Rent From Ben has invested over $12,000 in public art projects in the University neighborhood. These include decorative public benches, murals, permanent interactive sculptures, as well as other forms of artwork embedded into the neighborhood scene. Local artists and students have designed these existing projects.
“This is a vibrant neighborhood,” explains Tupper, “and we want to foster that spirit by expanding the number of artists who can add their creativity to it.”
Tupper hopes that Lively-hood! will “involve more local artists, be they students or permanent residents, to expand on what already is a thriving, energetic neighborhood.” Tupper envisions that Lively-hood! will sponsor projects such as murals, sculptures, and temporary “pop up” art displays.
Lively-hood! will select and fund approved projects and provide the real estate to display them. For information about proposing an art project, or to apply for funding, contact Ben.
Meet our first ever Lively-hood! Artist in Residence: Quinn is an American artist born in 1951 and living locally in Syracuse, NY. He received his BFA from Memphis State University in 1975 and followed up with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1978.
Lively-hood! has been thrilled to commission a mounting number of original works over the past three years from Quinn. His murals and unique mounted art pieces can be found in many of our apartments. Enjoy!