Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
April 2018
Building Community by Sharing 
Books, Healthy Food and Inspiration
You Won't Want to Miss Thi s!
Come to honor organizations in our community and hear inspiring stories
Community Foundation Annual Celebration Luncheon
Inspiring Stories, Empowering Community
Tuesday, May 22nd
Noon - 2:00 PM
(Program 12:15-1:45 PM)
Ithaca, NY

It's ALL because of YOU!
Your gifts make for inspiring stories.

A special invitation by Women's Fund Advisory Committee member, 
Jill Burlington:  HERE

Space is limited, so purchase your $30 ticket and register today!

Thank you to our Premiere Sponsor:

Strengthening our Community:
Ulysses Philomathic Library in Trumansburg Offers Community Read This Summer

Middle school students and their families in Trumansburg will read "Esperanza Rising" in the third Community Read this summer, thanks to a grant from Community Foundation.
The library will use the $1,200 grant to purchase 300 copies of the novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan, which chronicles the life of a Mexican girl and her family who migrate to California during the Great Depression and live in a Mexican labor camp. The book is based on the life of the author's grandmother.

Ksana Broadwell, director of the Ulysses Philomathic Library, said she chose the book because it explores a number of themes in current events, including immigration, racism and classism.  "The book is an award-winner, it is ten years old now, and it's becoming a modern classic," Broadwell said. "It touches on a lot of current topics of the time we live in."

The books will be distributed in June at the Trumansburg Middle School and at the library. Parents and students will be able to comment on the book on the library's Facebook page during the summer and also attend a community discussion in August.

Broadwell said the library would not be able to sponsor the Community Read if it didn't receive Community Foundation grant from the Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund"The Community Foundation has been very supportive of our Community Reads," Broadwell said. "We very much appreciate the Community Foundation's support."
Volunteer Spotlight

For more than 20 years, Nicole Eversley Bradwell has dedicated herself to working with young people, from high school students around the world to local youth taking a computer class at the Southside Community Center.
Nicole Eversley Bradwell Brings a Focus on Youth

She is director of admission at Ithaca College (IC) and one of our newest board membersInvited by a friend and board member, Christine Barksdale, to consider joining the board, she spoke with George Ferrari, CEO, and decided it was a good fit for her skills.

" Community Foundation is an essential organization, and the board was seeking someone with a background in communications and someone who had a youth perspective," she said. " Many of the programs supported through Community Foundation focus on youth."

Eversley Bradwell grew up in Johnston, N.Y., a small town outside of Albany, and graduated from SUNY Oswego. Although she initially thought she wanted to become a radio DJ, she ended up majoring in communications and public relations.

Her first job after graduation was an IC admission counselor recruiting students at high schools or college fairs. Over the next two decades, she moved into a variety of positions in the admission office, including 17-years in international recruitment and travelling to Asia, and Central and South American to meet potential applicants.

In 2016, she was appointed director and supervises an office of 40 employees. During her time at IC, she earned a master's degree in organizational communication.  " I really enjoy working with students. It's a powerful and wonderful time to be part of a person's life as they look at higher education," she said. "And I like the field of admission because it's always changing. "

Eversley Bradwell has always believed in serving her community and has concentrated on organizations that serve youth. She was president of the board of Southside Community Center from 2003 to 2013 and was a board member of Tompkins County Youth Services and the Sciencenter.

Eversley Bradwell sees many challenges that youth are facing in Tompkins County. " We are not able to serve all the youth with after-school or summer programming," she said . "All of the programs maintain wait lists, so we need to create programs or support existing programs to meet the needs."

"My goal is to see where I can best support Community Foundation by offering a perspective on where I see youth headed and what their needs are. "Ithaca is my home. In order to make your community the best it can be, it needs full participation of people supporting the community." she said. 

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Bringing Fresh Produce to Single-Parent Families in Tompkins County With A 
New Twist This Summer

Single-parent families from Tompkins County may receive weekly subsidized cartons of fresh produce this summer in a program that offers cut-up vegetables for parents pressed for time to cook.
Community Supported Agriculture Shares Farm

Healthy Food for All, a nonprofit that makes fresh produce accessible to low-income families, will provide partial and full subsidies for single-parent families who want to participate in a community-supported agriculture program (CSA) at one of ten local farms in Tompkins County. The CSA typically c ost $600 for the season, which runs from June to November.

While this will be the third season the nonprofit has offered CSA shares to single-parent families, the program this year will feature a new service: a trained chef who will help the parents convert their carton of vegetables into nutritious meals by offering cut-up produce as well as free cooking classes, said Liz Karabinakis, director of Healthy Food for All.

"They will have the support of a chef to turn their CSA share of whole fruits and vegetables into healthy meals that are culturally appropriate for their families," Karabinakis said.

Healthy Food for All created this program in 2016, after Karabinakis attended a gathering held the previous November on women and poverty, organized by Community Foundation of Tompkins County Women's Fund. At the convening, Karabinakis said she was struck by the dire needs of single-parent families with young children in Tompkins County.

A Tompkins County Community Health Assessment presented at the meeting showed 100% of single-mother families with children under age 5 live in poverty in the City of Ithaca and in the Town of Groton. The overall poverty rate for single women with children under 5 in Tompkins County is 58%.

"Towards the end of the gathering, I felt compelled to do something," Karabinakis said. "Right there we made a commitment to single-parents with a young child to provide them with a CSA share of fresh local organic produce for whatever price they could afford, and we would not turn away anyone from access to fresh produce."

The CSA program for single-parent families was launched with about 20 parents signing up. Last year, the number grew to 50 and Karabinakis said she expects more participants to register for a CSA share in 2018.

Karabinakis said she would not have created the program if she had not attended Community Foundation's gathering on women and poverty. "Community Foundation's support extends well beyond their financial programs and grants," she said. "They play a much greater role in supporting our community, and this is one example."

Amy LeViere, philanthropic services officer for Community Foundation, said  the program reflects the conversations that occur at Community Foundation convenings. "We truly are an intersection of cross-cultural and cross-sector engagement that attracts community members, philanthropists, civic leaders, businesses and elected officials all to advance equity and opportunity through multi-layered connections to community resources," she said.

Steph Bailey, chair of Community Foundation Women's Fund Advisory Committee, added, "Empowering women changes lives and changes our community. Connections through Women's Fund grants, resources, gatherings and events help make that happen."
2018 Events Calendar 
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