Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
August 2020
Rapid Response to Community Needs
Technology Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund 
Address Health Needs  

As a result of your support, grants are being made to assure continued and changing services for residents health needs:
  • $10,000 grant to Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services for Telehealth Equipment for bring remote addiction treatment to individuals in recovery.
  • $6,225 grant to Advocacy Center supports enhanced hotline services due to increased call volume and additional technology to provide secure mobile services that assure confidentiality protocols.
  • $10,000 grant to Family & Children's Service of Ithaca for staff technology to assure mental health services virtually. This grant is in response to the changing mental health needs of local residents.
Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund grants are providing support in a wide range of areas.  Learn about other grants here

Need COVID Funding?  Find our updated application here
So...What About Impact?

Community Impact Committee takes on 
Ripple Effect Mapping

In order to better understand the impact of our grants and grant processes, our Community Impact Committee, chaired by Ann Martin, recently engaged the leaders of 11 local grantee organizations in carrying out Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) with Cornell leadership.  This process assures community input and helps to build on areas of strength.

The REM software provides a dynamic illustration of impact, stories, themes and growth potential. Analysis is being carried out. The impact will inform service provision and strategic planning.  

The process was facilitated by a Cornell team of experts that successfully pivoted their process to the virtual environment, assuring this work be carried out at a time when impactful, rapid response grants are supporting essential needs in our community. 

Thank you to all who are supporting this important work! 

Food Security Grants help with needed Coordination

In addition to technology grants mentioned above, the COVID-19 Response Fund continues to make food security type grants that assure equitable and inclusive services throughout Tompkins County.

These grants assure continued success of coordinated food distribution. Over $20,000 in grants are being awarded to the Tompkins County Food Task Force for ongoing coordination of food production, distribution and communication.   

A $7,581 grant to the Ithaca Children's Garden assures the availability of fresh produce to West Village and Newfield residents. Read more an Ithaca Voice article celebrating their accomplishments.   
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Gifts, Grants, Assets and Impact 

More Than Grants
New Recovery Loan Fund for Local Businesses


The Community Foundation has been a key collaborator in launching an initiative to establish a fund to provide low-cost economic development loans to key commercial storefront businesses in Ithaca.  Working with City of Ithaca, Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Tompkins Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center. Funds for this city-wide program have been raised from anonymous philanthropic individuals. The Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services will service the loans.

Check out the news coverage here
August is National Make a Will Month 
Create or update your will today - fast and 100% free! Through Community Foundation's relationship with FreeWill, you can experience peace of mind knowing your important legal documents are in place. 

To learn more, click our 2 minute video.

Community Foundation of Tompkins County and FreeWill Partner Up
Community Foundation and 
FreeWill Partner Up
Let's Talk: 30 Minute Monthly Series 
Connecting you with issues and needs in our community

  • September 2, Let's Talk Housing
    with Liddy Bargar, Coordinator of Housing Initiatives, Human Services Coalition
  • October 7, Let's Talk Food Security 
    with Holly Payne, Tompkins County COVID-19 Food Task Force Coordinator
  • November 11, Let's Talk Workers 
    with Pete Meyers, Coordinator, Tompkins Workers Center
Thank you 
to our first Let's Talk speaker, Dr. Jeffrey Matteson, District Superintendent and CEO Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES. His update on the issues K-12 schools are managing during these challenging times can be watched here.

For the first time, you can participate in the census online #2020Census
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