Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
August 2019
Staying Cool in the Heat!
Loaves & Fishes Cools Off!

Loaves & Fishes Gets  its First Air-Conditioning System
     Diners arriving for a free meal at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County in downtown Ithaca this summer have been greeted with a welcome surprise - air-conditioning.
     For the first time in its 36-year history, the soup kitchen in the social hall of St. John's Episcopal Church has been air-conditioned this summer. The cool air was not only a relief for patrons but also for the volunteers who prepare 140 lunches or dinners each day.
     "It has proven to be a godsend during the recent heat," said Rev. Megan Castellan, the rector at St. John's. "The air-conditioning has allowed each guest to cool down, eat and feel like a different person."
     The $30,000 project wouldn't have happened without the help of Sandy True, who learned last fall that Loaves & Fishes was requesting funding from Community Foundation of Tompkins County to install four commercial ceiling fans. (read more)
Join Us!

Community Foundation Summer Open House

You are invited to our summer open house, August 22, 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to meet friends, make new ones, bring a friend, and enjoy nibbles. Stop by! Community Foundation grantees will be on-hand to share a little about their funding. Get first-hand updates. Just look for an  "Ask me about my grant!" name tag.  Talk with others about your thoughts on needs and priorities in Tompkins County. 

Learn more here , and we hope to see you!

Linda Gasser Brings Wealth of International Experience to Community Foundation Board

     Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Linda Gasser has worked with Cornell faculty members to help professors and business professionals in Central and Eastern Europe make the transition from Communist rule to a democratically free society through education.
     But after 30 years of organizing human resources training in countries from Slovakia to Romania, Gasser is now working with communities closer to home as a member of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County Board of Directors.
     "I'm at the point my life where I'm interested in giving back to the community, and this was an opportunity to think about where my funds might go, where my energy might go, and where my support for the community might go," says Gasser, who was appointed to the board in January. (read more)
Sequential Intercept Mapping  
Collaboration Magnified!  

A group of over 65 community leaders worked together for over a day and half to create  a conceptual model to inform community-based responses to the involvement of people with mental and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. Using the Sequential Intercept Model, this collaborative group developed a strategic action plan with local priorities such as:
  1. Expand Affordable Housing for the Lowest Income People
  2. Increase the Community Outreach Worker Program
  3. Improve Inter-Agency Communication and Collaboration
Community Foundation collaborated with this dynamic, cross sector group, which engaged a wide variety of nonprofits, local government, law enforcement, health care providers and people with lived experience having navigated this complex system themselves.  

The full report will be available soon. For more details, contact Dave Sanders, Tompkins County Criminal Justice Coordinator.  
Seeking Nominations for Women's Fund 2019 Laura Holmberg Award

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Community Foundation's  Women's Fund is currently seeking letters of nomination for the 2019 Laura Holmberg Award. Holmberg, a local attorney and community activist, passed away in 2004. Eligible applicants are those women who embody the goals of the Women's Fund by virtue of a body of volunteer work. The award seeks to recognize unsung heroines who are doing things outside of their career on a volunteer basis for women and our community. 

Please submit nominations no later than August 30.

 This year's award will be presented at the Women's Fund Celebration on October 17, 2019. For more info on the luncheon  CLICK HERE.

Grow your capacity!

Fall Grant Cycle Opportunity! 

Just released! Our 2019 Fall Grant Cycle Guidelines. 

Strengthening Communities

Grant Range: $5,000-$20,000 (with eligibility to renew the grant in 2020). Application deadline October 16, 2019.  Learn more at the Q & A session on Thursday, September 18th, 10 am at the Child Development Council Board Room. 

Community Foundation is committed to fostering collaboration and strategic approaches to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County. This cycle prioritizes methodology and processes to achieve community planning, capacity building, systemic change and solutions to complex challenges.

Learn more here
2019 Save the Date  

Community Foundation Events

Closer Look Site Visits J uly - December

Women's Fund Luncheon  October 17

Winter Open House December 13

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