CFTC Logo 5.11

Philanthropy Magnified

March 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


Less than a quarter of the way into 2013 and your Community Foundation has already concluded two of our four grant cycles and invested over $140,000 of grants in our area's agencies and libraries. The spring brings many events, our annual celebration, and two new Philanthropy Learning Exchanges, one for donor advisors and another for professional advisors, about investing strategies for sustainable gifts. We have also recently completed four Listening Learning sessions hearing from grantees and other agencies about types of grants; program, capital, capacity building, and operating grants.  Look for a report from us to our community in early Summer 2013 about the results of these very interesting conversations. As always keep connected by visiting our website at



Philanthropy Magnified every day. 


COF Standards logo  




Rosen Library Grant Cycle

Awards Over $125,000 in 24 Grants


Southworth Library       




Over $125,000 in 24 Grants to 18 Libraries in 5 Counties was awarded.  Grants from the Rosen Library Fund are designated to support the lifelong love of reading and learning and to encourage youth to develop the habit of library use among the 33 public libraries of the Finger Lakes Library System in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

The Rosen Fund grant cycle awarded over $125,000 in 18 grants to 24 libraries. The Rosen Fund granted $98,853, with more than $25,000 of additional grants from the Community Foundation's Children & Youth field of interest fund as well as from the Ujeni Fund for Advancing Public Education. Support went to summer reading, story time, and youth engagement programs. For a detailed list of grantees, please visit our website by:  CLICKING HERE



9th Annual Women's Fund Luncheon

March 12, 2013


 Beverly Baker
Bevely Baker
2013 Laura Holmberg Awardee

Community Foundation's  Women's Fund celebrates the power of women in philanthropy with 11 grantees awarded over $19,000 of grants to achieve powerful results for women in Tompkins County.

See the list of programs and organizations awarded.


TED Talk Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend - not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world..

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong


In This Issue
2013 Rosen Library Grants
Beverly Baker Society of the Women's Fund
The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong
What is a Community Foundation?
Important Dates
Meet one of our 2013 New Board Member
Community Foundation Leadership
Who We Are

 community foundations

 Community foundations are not-for-profit organizations founded and staffed by people who are dedicated to seeking out what is needed in our community and what is valuable about Tompkins County and to helping those valuable assets grow important results. We understand our community's needs and help you to turn your charitable passions into results oriented philanthropy. We show donors how to make your gifts go further and accomplish more. 


Contact George Ferrari, Community Foundation of Tompkins County, Executive Director  or call 607-272-9333 if you would like to explore ways for the Community Foundation to assist you in making your philanthropic dreams a reality for Tompkins County.


Like us on Facebook





Join us!

Community Foundation

Annual Celebration

"Passion as a Vehicle for Change"

Tuesday, May 28th

 Register Here




A Special Professional Advisor Session on

Investment Strategies for Sustainable Giving

April 25

Register Here




Philanthropy Learning Exchange for Donor Advisors & Legacy Society Members

Investment Strategies for Sustainable Giving

April 25

 Register Here


For additional information regarding grant opportunities, please visit us online at 


Marcie Finlay  

Marcie Finlay

Nominating & Governance Committee

Marcie is an attorney with the firm of Blumkin, Finlay & Bixler, LLP and has been in private practice in Ithaca since 1997. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, guardianship and special needs planning. She gives frequent presentations to community groups on topics such as advanced directives, guardianship and special needs planning . Marcie is a current member of the Board of Directors of McGraw House, and a panelist for the New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee. Marcie lives in the Town of Enfield, where she enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

Meet the Board

Board Chair

Robin Masson 


Vice Board Chair

Mickie Sanders-Jauquet 



Mary Berens



David Squires



Richard Banks 
Susan Brown
Tom Colbert

Randy Ehrenberg

Ross Feldman

Marcie Finlay

Mariette Geldenhuys

Bob Jewell

Sara Knobel

Tim Little

Alan Mathios

Diane McDonough

Bill Murphy

Nancy Potter

Carol Travis

Linda Wagenet

Julie Waters

Amy Yale-Loehr


Incorporating Board

Jeff Furman

Howard Hartnett

Bill Myers   

Robert Swieringa  

John Semmler

Diane Shafer





Executive Director

George Ferrari, Jr.


Program Officer

Janet Cotraccia


Donor Relations Officer

Amy LeViere

Join Our Mailing List!

Dear Reader,

We value your input.  We hope you have found this newsletter to be informative.  We strive to provide continued communications to our donors, grantees, donor advisors, community members and board members.  Please contact us with comments, or if  you would like to update your email or home address. 



[email protected]


Closing Headline
Use this area to provide your contacts information about your organization.