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Philanthropy Magnified

November 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


Its that time of the year when people are planning their generous gifts and expressions of thanksgiving and gratitude. Your Community Foundation is ready to assist you in planning your gifts so that they have the most impact and the greatest benefit to the recipients as well as to your tax situation. Please keep your Community Foundation in mind as you prepare your giving plan for the end of 2013. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Donate to the Operational Endowment Fund which helps us provide services to our community
  • Contribute to the growing endowments of our Women's Fund or our Children & Youth Fund
  • Make a multi-year pledge to support the operations of the Community Foundation
  • Start your own fund
  • Give to any existing fund

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Thank you for your support and for your generosity. Please contact us so that we may be of assistance.


Gift Deadlines

Gifts delivered by US Mail must be postmarked by December 31, 2013 in order to receive a 2013 gift date. Hand delivered gifts must be received in person in our office by 1 pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in order to receive a 2013 gift date.


For Gifts of Stock we kindly ask that you be certain that the transfer process has begun no later than Friday, December 13, 2013 to ensure that the gift can be treated as qualified for 2013.


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  #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



The Community Foundation of Tompkins County is pleased to announce 19 grants to 15 organizations and municipalities totaling nearly $124,000. These funds will be given over two years to build and strengthen programs which have suffered funding cuts as well as to build capacity to work more efficiently and more effectively. Grants of $61,965 will be made in December 2013 and a second package of $61,965 will be granted in Fall 2014 contingent on interim progress reports. This new two year format is in direct response to grantee feedback.


The majority of grants are from the Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund with additional support from donor advised and from the Arts & Culture, the Children & Youth and the Social Justice field of interest funds of the Community Foundation. Individual donors provided initial contributions through on line crowd source gifts at the start of the process. This cycle also had additional support from the Park Foundation. All are invited to celebrate these grantees at an awards ceremony on Monday, December 9 from 8:30-10:00AM at the Community Foundation theatre in Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca.


  1. Tompkins County Department of Administration for Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Committee's reading and discussion program
  2. Food Bank of the Southern Tier for mobile food pantry assessment and expansion
  3. Tompkins County Youth Services Department for results based accountability training
  4. Town of Groton's Youth Commission for Groton Youth Employment Program
  5. Lifelong for My Senior Circle and website upgrade
  6. Sustainable Tompkins for a local sustainability organizations merger feasibility study
  7. Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes for a best practice inventory control system
  8. Civic Ensemble for community based plays and dialogues from 2013-2015
  9. Alternatives Impact for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for Newfield
  10. Discovery Trail for Kids Discover the Trail expansion
  11. SPCA of Tompkins County for pet assistance for people with domestic disruptions
  12. Kitchen Theatre for professional intern program
  13. Finger Lakes ReUse for truck fleet services
  14. Ithaca Health Alliance for equitable access to integrative health care
  15. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County for Healthy Food for All program
In This Issue
Fall 2013 2 Year Grants, Magnified Results Grant Cycle
What is a Community Foundation?
Iimportant Dates, Events and Information
Meet one of our 2013 Donors
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,

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Annual Report


available online





 3Q2013 Data


3Q13 Investment Return


3Q13 Grants & Assets Dashboard


Grants and Program Details for period January 1-September 30, 2013 






December 3, 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



Community Foundation Holiday Open House

Friday, December 13, 2013



CLICK HERE to register




For information regarding grant opportunities, please visit us online at 

Children & Youth Fund Endowment

Helen Saunders

Cornerstone Endowment Donor


The Children & Youth Fund receives its first Cornerstone Endowment Donor gift from a steadfast champion of children's causes, Helen Saunders.  As a member of the Children & Youth Committee, long-time Ithacan, Helen takes the lead to raise both awareness and donations addressing difficult issues affecting youth in Tompkins County.  


The Children & Youth Fund is a permanent resource providing grants to our local organizations serving children and youth in this community.


Click HERE for more information regarding endowment gifts.


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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