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Philanthropy Magnified

June 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


Donors' generous support of local philanthropy and the amazing work of so many wonderful non-profits have inspired us to develop a new vision statement for the Community Foundation. Tompkins County has many places loved by its residents who dedicate time, talent and treasure to solve problems, to improve quality of life, and in service of building a more just and environmentally sustainable society.  We appreciate with deep gratitude and honor you all with this new Vision Statement:


Tompkins County thrives thanks to engaged philanthropy.


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Grants Success Stories




Howland 2013



Community Foundation of Tompkins County is pleased to announce 16 grants totaling nearly $50,775 of 2013 Helen Thomas Howland Foundation awards to benefit Tompkins and Broome counties. Community Foundation donor advisors or field of interest funds awarded 18 more grants of an additional $54,017 from the resources of the Community Foundation. A total of 29 organizations received support of nearly $105,000.

As administrative agent for the Howland Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County reviews all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Howland Foundation trustees. Other Community Foundation funds may also make a grant in response to these applications. The Howland Foundation supports grants in aging services, youth services, animal welfare, and the environment. Grants are limited to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefit to these areas. 

The 2013 grant recipients for youth services are IPEI for Kids Discover the Trail, Catholic Charities for transportation assistance to attend school, Hangar Theatre for Project 4, Running 2 Places for studio and office space, Planned Parenthood for Talking Out of School, Village of Groton for playground equipment, GIAC for Village Camp, School Success Transportation Coalition for transportation liaisons, Village at Ithaca for fresh snacks, and Town of Ulysses for Garden to Market youth entrepreneurship pilot.

The 2013 grant recipients for animal welfare are the SPCA of Tompkins County for their annex and the Broome County Humane Society for vet tech updates. 

The 2013 grant recipients for environmental preservation are Town of Enfield for their aquifer study, and Cayuga Lake Watershed Network for their hydrilla project. 

Two Howland grants, one to Historic Ithaca for youth job training, and the other to Finger Lakes ReUse for job training, represent creative ways of seeking results in multiple priority areas of youth and environmental preservation. 

Community Foundation donor advised grants are awarded to Gadabout for transportation assistance, Finger Lakes Land Trust for Cayuga watershed protection, Center for Transformative Action for Woods Earth Living Classroom, Growing Hope Together for Newfield School Garden, Trumansburg Central School Foundation for Kids Explore and Discover, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation for teen programming, Child Development Council for basic needs, Catholic Charities for transportation assistance to attend school, Lansing Youth Services Committee for youth employment project, History Center for documentary film making, Family and Children's Service for child psychiatric services, Village at Ithaca for family advocacy, School Success Transportation Coalition for transportation liaisons, and Social Ventures for Youth Farm Project.

The Community Foundation Children & Youth Fund awarded grants to Groton Public Library for teen programming, to Child Development Council for basic needs, and to Catholic Charities for transportation assistance to attend school.




NEWLY EXTENDED to August 5, 2013, Community Foundation Receives $17,500 Match Challenge for 3 Fund Raising Campaigns on PEAKS Website  





We hope that you will check out an exciting new way to support local philanthropy using the PEAKS website. Community Foundation is promoting three campaigns 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. 


Community Foundation of Tompkins County is pleased to announce a special opportunity designed to encourage others, especially first time donors, to make contributions. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor new contributions for three specific campaigns will be matched dollar for dollar effectively doubling the value of every gift. Qualifying gifts of any amount must be made no later than August 5 to be made twice as valuable creating even more resources to serve our non-profit sector. 


 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  

Your Community, 
Your Community Foundation
Ithaca Festival     
2013 Ithaca Festival
"Where the Heart is"
Community Foundation volunteers spent two days hosting a tent at the Ithaca Festival where festival-goers were encouraged to share their heart on an interactive map of local giving.  Thousands attend the festival every year, with hundreds of folks stopping by our booth having conversations with others who support philanthropy in Tompkins County. 
Activities included  Give Local Survey, Champion a Campaign, MAP IT Tompkins County, community conversations, as well as free facepainting, postcards and candy.  Also, George Ferrari, Executive Director, participated as one of our community leaders in the festival's first ever Ithaca Talks.
Our goals were to raise visibility, support and showcase our local non-profits and to encourage community involvement, "Your Community, Your Community Foundation."    



In This Issue
Howland 2013
DOUBLE your gifts with a special opportunity until August 5
Community Foundation at the Ithaca Festival
What is a Community Foundation?
Newest Annual Report Just Released
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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Your Community Foundation

Annual Report


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CFTC 2013 Annual Meeting  

 Community Foundation  

Annual Celebration

May 28, 2013

Franziska Racker Centers




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Sara Knobel     

Sara Knobel 

Development & Community Relations Committee

A life-long resident of the Finger Lakes region, Sara is currently the manager/director of the Groton Public Library. Working to make the Library a community center, Sara brings in people of all ages to enjoy the many pleasures the Library has to offer. 

Her prior positions include: Alumni & Development assistant at TC3 as well as executive director of the Cortland County SPCA. She serves on the Groton Youth Commission and has volunteered at the Friends of the Tompkins County Library Book Sale and Habitat for Humanity - the major gifts committee. She was a member of the Cortland Rotary club and the Cortland SPCA board of directors.

Sara has a passion for animals and the environment. She enjoys walking, cycling, kayaking, horse riding, and of course reading!

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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