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Philanthropy Magnified

October 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


I have just returned from our national conference for community foundations and am once again renewed with appreciation and enthusiasm for the power and the promise of placed based philanthropy. The conference theme of connecting for good was a guiding force as we learned about new ways to forge strong links among donors and nonprofits to solve complex problems. Our Tompkins County communities are special places and  home to an amazing array of committed individuals and socially active businesses. Thank you for your involvement, your interest and your support.


Hear from Council on Foundations President and CEO Vikki Spruill to earn more about what they are doing to support community foundations by CLICKING HERE


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Announcing the latest information on the entire Community Foundation plan for grant making in 2014.  Your Community Foundation now has four grant cycles: 

  • Women's Fund
  • Rosen Library Fund
  • Howland Foundation
  • Fall discretionary cycle

And we also offer two general Letter of Inquiry deadlines, one in May and one in October.


Each cycle includes a voluntary pre-application Question & Answer session as well as the opportunity to get feedback on a draft before applying by the deadline.


Each applicant receives a detailed set of quantitative and qualitative feedback to assist in improving future applications to us as well as to other funders.


Find this new 2014 calendar as well as applications, guidelines and report forms for every cycle on the newly improved Grant Opportunities page of our website.






  #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



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Chronicle of Philanthropy October 14, 2013

By Doug Donovan




More than half of nearly 100 nonprofits that receive federal aid said in a new poll that their payments from the federal government have been delayed or stopped because of the shutdown, according to the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Sixty-four other groups that participated in the poll said they received no federal aid.


The poll, posted onlineĀ by the fund, which provides loans to nonprofits, found that 43 percent of 97 groups say payments have been delayed, and 15 percent said their payments have been stopped altogether. Only 26 percent reported on-time payments, while 16 percent said their money has been arriving as always: late.


As a result of struggles with government, 18 percent reported that they had shut down or scaled back programs, and 5 percent have laid off employees or placed them on furlough, the poll reported.


The poll isn't designed to be a scientific survey, Nonprofit Finance Fund officials said, but it "represents a range of nonprofit experiences and pervasive fears as cash-strapped nonprofits worry about the ability to deliver services to people in need."


Human-service and arts organizations made up 54 percent of groups that took to the poll, and more than half of all the groups had budgets of $500,001 to $5-million.


The fund is continuing to accept responses. To participate, go to the Nonprofit Finance Fund's survey site.


Read more about how the federal government shut down is affecting the nonprofit sector and the people whom they serve by CLICKING HERE 







In This Issue
2014 Grant Cycles Calendar
Nonprofits and the Government Shutdown
What is a Community Foundation?
Iimportant Dates, Events and Information
Community Foundation Leadership
Who We Are

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 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


available online






 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 



 National Community Foundations Week 

November 12-18, 2013





National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

Friday, November 15, 2013


Ithaca College


CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets






December 3, 2013




Community Foundation Holiday Open House

Friday, December 6, 2013





Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair

Saturday, December 7, 2013




Fall Grant Cycle Award Ceremony


Monday, December 9, 2013


Community Foundation Theatre at Cinemapolis





CLICK HERE to register


For information regarding grant opportunities, please visit us online at 

Generations of Philanthropy


Bruce Lane wanted to encourage his young adult son and daughter to develop strong philanthropic habits and to share his values with his family's next generation. His professional advisor, attorney and former Community Foundation board member and current donor advisor John Hinchcliff, suggested starting a donor advised fund, the Lane Family Fund. Bruce was attracted to the due diligence performed by the Community Foundation as well as how quickly his family could become involved in nominating grants. Bruce and his son Daniel and daughter Katie have initiated their own grants, especially in areas of youth employment services. They have also responded to grant requests from a variety of Community Foundation grant cycles which revealed needs in our community. They welcome these opportunities to provide funding for organizations via the Community Foundation's grant cycles and its awareness of community needs as a great help to donor advisors. Bruce has also served as a volunteer grant cycle reviewer and has learned much about the local non-profit sector.



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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