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December 2013 






A Message from Our Director

George Ferrari



George Ferrari


Thank you for your support, your encouragement, your wisdom and your participation in making 2013 the best year ever for the Community Foundation. Even before the official year end we can anticipate that 2013 will see the most grant making in our history with 230 grants totaling over $973,000, an increase or more than 130% thanks to your generosity. 


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.


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Nonprofits View Budget Deal With Relief and Wariness

The new bipartisan federal-budget agreement would make federal support to charities more steady and predictable, but nonprofit leaders warned that Congressional passage of the deal, far from a sure thing, would do little to help the most vulnerable.

Read more at Chronicle of Philanthropy  




In 2008, Sally McMillin made a designated gift to the Community Foundation in memory of her husband, Scott McMillin, to address literacy throughout our community.  Scott McMillin was a member of the Cornell Department of English for more than four decades, teaching mostly in the field of Renaissance drama.  Among his books are "The Musical as Drama",  "The Queen's Men and Their Plays, 1583-1603," "Shakespeare in Performance: Henry IV, Part One" and "The Elizabethan Theatre and 'The Book of Sir Thomas More.'"


This gift resulted in 5 grants, each for $1,000 made over five years to the following organizations:

Check out the links to these organizations and find out how they are addressing literacy in our county.  




Welcoming Six new Board Members in 2014  

New members are:

Paula Davis, Assistant Director, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute


Sandy Dhimitri, Director of Human Resources for Cornell's College of Human Ecology and Libraries


Philip McPheron, retired from Cornell University administration.


Lucia Tyler, college admissions consultant


Baruch Whitehead, Associate Professor, Ithaca College


Stephanie Wiles, the Richard J. Schwartz Director, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.


Outgoing members completing their terms in 2013 with the thanks and appreciation of the Community Foundation are Mariette Geldenhuys and Amy Yale-Loehr.


The following members were elected to a second three year term from 2014-2016: Mary Berens, Tom Colbert, Robin Masson, Alan Mathios and Carol Travis.


Officers for 2014 were also elected and include:

Robin Masson, Chairperson, Alan Mathios, Vice-Chairperson, Diane McDonough, Treasurer, and Mary Berens, Secretary.


Continuing members for 2014 include: Richard Banks, Susan Brown, Randy Ehrenberg, Ross Feldman, Marcie Finlay, Bob Jewell, Sara Knobel, Tim Little, Diane McDonough, Bill Murphy, Nancy Potter, Mickie Sanders-Jauquet, David Squires, Linda Wagenet, and Julie Waters.



In This Issue
Nonprofits View Budget Deal With Relief and Warines
McMillin Literacy Grant
New Board Members
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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Annual Report


available online





 3Q2013 Data


3Q13 Investment Return


3Q13 Grants & Assets Dashboard


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



 2014 Philanthropy Learning Exchange Calendar 

announcing a new series of gatherings to learn more about local giving and gift planning


Tuesday, February 4

Kids Discover the Trail

4pm for all


Tuesday, April 22

Money Personality Types

12 noon for professional advisors

5pm for donors


Tuesday, July 22

Using Retirement Assets for Gift Planning

12 noon for professional advisors

5pm for donors


Tuesday, October 21


12 noon for professional advisors

5pm for donors



 2014 Philanthropy Learning Exchange #1 


Kids Discover the Trail

Tuesday, February 4 from 4-6pm

Borg Warner Room

Tompkins County Public Library


CLICK HERE for more information 




For information regarding grant opportunities, please visit us online at 

Creating community exchange...
photo by Drew Fulton  
"Where one lives provides a sense of place, history and potential.  I believe a true community of people grows and becomes stronger when resources, shared aspirations and a caring for others leads to lifting everyone.  So I feel privileged and grateful for the opportunity to be a Community Foundation donor and to volunteer with many other Tompkins County community members in making this a more vibrant and wonderful place to live."
Phil McPheron
Donor, 2013 Grant Review Panelist 
& 2014 incoming board member
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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