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Philanthropy Magnified

September 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


The back to regular schedule sense of the beginning of the school year and cooler temperatures is in full swing in the world of grants and funders as well.  Your Community Foundation seeks to collect and share information about the many Fall 2013 funding opportunities from other funders in Tompkins County.  Learn more by visiting our website to find funding opportunities and CLICK HERE.


If you are a Community Foundation board member, volunteer or donor advisor I encourage you to join me and Janet Cotraccia from October 20-22 in Syracuse at a marvelous learning opportunity and to consider attending the Grantmakers Forum of NY's statewide conference: Successful Philanthropy in a Complex World. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. Registration deadline is October 16.


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Grants Success Stories


Fit and Dizzy in the Village of Groton




The Village of Groton Recreation Committee is celebrating the installation of a new piece of playground equipment at the Veterans Memorial Park located on Sykes Street in Groton.  The Miracle Ten Spin was made possible by a grant from the Howland Foundation which is administered by the Community Foundation.    This park serves 150-200 youngsters on a daily basis and Groton has made a commitment to replace several pieces of equipment over the next five years.  Some of the current equipment is over 25 years old.   The equipment is handicap accessible and encourages young people to be more physically active and to participate in a healthier lifestyle.  The Community Foundation is excited to launch this playground transformation with the first new piece of playground equipment.  Congratulations to the Village of Groton on creating a safer, happier, more exciting environment for our children!  








  #GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. In 2013 we will celebrate GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013 which is the Tuesday immediately following Thanksgiving. 
Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013
Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2013


Fall 2013 2 Year Grants, Magnified Results Grant Cycles

The Fall 2013 application and guidelines will be posted on our website on Monday, July 15, 2013.


The Community Foundation of Tompkins County is offering a two year (pay out in 2013 and 2014) Grant Cycle to assist community organizations in achieving increased effectiveness. This grant cycle continues the Community Foundation's commitment to respond to what was learned during the "Listening and Learning" sessions carried out throughout Tompkins County in 2013. We welcome applications for programs/projects that would benefit from a two year funding cycle.


Grants will support the following initiatives:

1. Support for a program or project with demonstrable outcomes.

2. Capacity Building (i.e. planning activities, board/staff development, software purchases and training, mergers and collaborations)







Chronicle of Philanthropy August 11, 2013

By Suzanne Perry



Leila de Bruyne, president of Flying Kites, a small charity that provides residential care and other services to orphans in Kenya, is an unabashed fan of Dan Pallotta, a controversial author and marketing consultant.


She says she gained valuable tips about how to speak to donors from his book Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, which argues that charities are hobbled by puritan notions from using capitalist tools to defeat poverty, hunger, and disease. "I think I've probably given 50 copies of that book to people over the years," she says.


One of Mr. Pallotta's key messages is that donors should worry less about how much a charity spends on overhead expenses and more about what it can accomplish, a principle that Ms. de Bruyne says helps her when she talks to people who want all of their money to "go to the children" and not to things like marketing costs.


Now Mr. Pallotta has given her a new weapon: a talk that he delivered last spring at a TED conference,

Read more of this opinion piece by CLICKING HERE 







In This Issue
Fit ... and a little dizzy
Fall 2013 2 Year Grants, Magnified Results Grant Cycle
Is our thinking dead wrong?!?
What is a Community Foundation?
Iimportant Dates, Events and Information
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,

Your Community Foundation

Annual Report


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Philanthropy Learning Exchange

Community Foundation as Philanthropic Advisor


 September 19, 2013


for professional advisors



September 19, 2013


for donors, donor advisors and Legacy Society members









GiveNext: Doing Good, Better. Together
GiveNext: Doing Good, Better. Together

a special new opportunity for non-profits to respectful engage busy donors

GIVE NEXT is the easiest and most efficient way for donors and nonprofits to manage charitable contributions together.  

September 27, 2013


Tompkins County Public Library


CLICK HERE to register




Women's Fund Fall Gathering

From Mumbai to Ithaca: A Passion for Gender Justice

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

October 25


Beverly J Martin School Library Auditorium


CLICK HERE to register 



For information regarding grant opportunities, please visit us online at 

Tell me a story...  

Beginning in October watch this space for a new monthly feature of our donors making a difference in Tompkins County.



Meet the Board

Board Chair

Robin Masson 


Vice Board Chair

Mickie Sanders-Jauquet 



Mary Berens



Diane McDonough 



Richard Banks 
Susan Brown
Tom Colbert

Randy Ehrenberg

Ross Feldman

Marcie Finlay

Mariette Geldenhuys

Bob Jewell

Sara Knobel

Tim Little

Alan Mathios

Bill Murphy

Nancy Potter

David Squires  

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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