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Philanthropy Magnified

May 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


Your Community, Your Community Foundation is the theme of our annual celebration and our next annual report to be distributed at the May 28 event. Serving all of Tompkins County is exciting, challenging and very rewarding.  We benefit from board members from all parts of the county and we listen to concerns and develop solutions for the city, villages and towns in our county.  Our grant making reaches all corners of this very special place. If you are a doctor living in Cayuga Heights, we are your Community Foundation.  If you are from a family that has lived in Caroline for 4 generations, we are your Community Foundation. If you are a start up business in Trumansburg, we are your Community Foundation. Thanks to you we continue on a rapidly growing trajectory of more grants, record levels of assets, greater contributions and more effective impact.


We look forward to seeing you at our annual celebration on May 28 and to learning more about the passions and visions that you have to engage in local philanthropy.  


You can register and encourage friends to register HERE!


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Grants Success Stories




A Portfolio of Arts Support



The Community Foundation's Vector Magnetics Fund recently made 13 grants to Arts Organizations, totaling over $42,000.   These unrestricted grants provide important support for a range of arts programming in Tompkins County and throughout the region.  Grantees include the following organizations:  The Glimmerglass Opera, Center for Transformative Action, CTA - Vitamin L Project, Public Broadcasting Council of Central NY (WCNY), WSKG, Kitchen Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca Community Chorus, Seventh Art Corporation of Ithaca (Cinemapolis), Musics Recreation, New York State Early Music Association and the State Theatre of IthacaThese grants support the continued vibrancy of our valued local arts now and help to reassure a continued growth in the future.   


Click on the specific organization listed above to get more information from each organization's website.





Community Foundation Launches 3 Fund Raising Campaigns on PEAKS Over Poverty Website



We hope that you will check out an exciting new way to support local philanthropy using the PEAKS over Poverty website. Community Foundation is promoting three campaigns over the next 60 days to raise $10,000 for our fall grant cycle, $5,000 for our Women's Fund endowment, and $2,500 for our Children & Youth Fund. 


CLICK HERE for the Community Foundation platform explaining all 3 campaigns


CLICK HERE for the Philanthropy Magnified campaign to raise funds for the Community Foundation Fall 2013 Grant Cycle


CLICK HERE for the Women Weaving a Difference campaign to raise funds for the Women's Fund endowment


CLICK HERE for the Funding the Future campaign to raise funds for the Children & Youth Fund  


 Thank you for your thoughtful consideration  

Latest Information on our 
Children & Youth Fund
The Community Foundation's Children and Youth Field of Interest Fund was created to promote the healthy development of children and youth in ways that complement existing services.  The Fund recognizes that the lives of our children and youth can be affected by many factors, i.e. family dynamics, poverty, health issues, etc. As such the Fund takes a holistic approach in its efforts to support programs that help children and youth. The Fund will actively seek out input from the broad community and professionals working with children and youth to ensure that the Fund's efforts are targeted to actual needs. The Children and Youth Field of Interest Fund understands the need to collaborate and coordinate with other organizations in the community in order to leverage resources and have the greatest impact.
Take a look at the latest info  HERE!


Chronicle of Philanthropy
May 3, 2013
Nicole Wallace


Google wants to help people learn more about charities.

The technology giant is testing a new mobile application, One Today, that highlights a new nonprofit everyday and allows people to contribute $1 to any group that captures their interest. They can also share projects with their friends via social media and match the $1 gifts people in their networks make.


The application does not share donors' contact information with charities, but the organizations can find out who's interested in them by looking at the information people include on the public part of their user profile.


Users of the application, which is available on the Android platform, can't specify what types of charities they want to learn about. But over time, the app will tailor the recommendations they receive based on the donations they make.


The charities featured on One Today are all participants in the Google for Nonprofits¬ program, which is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations except for educational institutions, day care centers, hospitals, and health-care clinics. 


In This Issue
Grant Success Story
Web Based Fund Raising for the Community Foundation
Children & Youth Fund
Google Apps for Philanthropy
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.


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Join us!

Community Foundation

Annual Celebration

"Passion as a Vehicle for Change"

Tuesday, May 28th

 Register Here




Philanthropy Learning Exchange #2 for Donor Advisors & Legacy Society Members

The State of Tompkins County Youth

June 13

 Register Here


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

Tim Little    

Tim Little 

Development & Community Relations Committee

Tim is a New York State Court Officer at the Tompkins County Courthouse. Prior to that he was a Deputy with the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office. Tim was born and raised in Ithaca. He graduated from Ithaca High School and received a bachelor degree in Recreation from Ithaca College. He has worked and volunteered at the Greater Ithaca Activity Center throughout his career. Tim was elected and served on the Ithaca City School District Board of Education 1996-1999.

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

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