Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
February 2020
Connections and Collaborations
Local Philanthropy 
Working for Racial and Social Justice

Your Community Foundation shares information and requests with fund advisors, to leverage and expand impact, as we work for more just, equitable and inclusive communities. For example:

A recent grant began with an inquiry from Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming.  Four of the farmers at Groundswell's Incubator Farm were hoping to attend the Emerging Farmers Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This conference specifically serves refugee and immigrant farmers and is translated in multiple languages depending on need, including S'gaw Karen, the language spoken by the four farmers, all of whom are refugees from Burma.  

Since only 1 of the 4 farmers speaks fluent English, this would be a unique opportunity for these farmers to learn about agriculture and business in their native language, represent the Finger Lakes at a nation event, and bring back farming knowledge to share with the other 25+ Burmese farmers at the Incubator.  Foundation staff shared this request for conference attendance with a donor advisor who might have interest in such a project and a grant was made for almost $2,000.  We look forward to learning and sharing more about the experience of these farmers at the conference.

Housing Study Asks Key Questions

Affordable housing was one of the issues addressed at the recent 2020 Economic Summit hosted by the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.

Jessica Wickham, Tompkins Weekly, reported on the event, stating that one notable takeaway from the data was that, while renters in the county are much more likely to be cost burdened compared to their home-owning counterparts, that can mostly be attributed to many of those homeowners having bought their homes many years ago, when prices were low. Thus, new homebuyers face much higher costs than those who have owned their home here for many years.

Jennifer Tavares, president of the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce, presented data and highlights from a recent study commissioned by the Park Foundation, Community Foundation and Chamber Foundation to assess housing development outcomes and solutions to develop income-appropriate housing in the county. 

Study and findings, CLICK HERE
Meet Board Member
Jessica Custer-Bindel


Jessica is originally Ethiopian, Somalian, and Italian, and arrived to Ithaca in 2009 by way of Rome, Riyadh, Montclair, Barcelona, and New York City. Living in Ithaca has been, by far, her longest stay in one place. Jessica taught for 15 years, and currently works at the Child Development Council as the Infant & Toddler Specialist for Tompkins and Cortland counties, and as a Childcare Specialist for Tompkins county. Jessica enjoys working with children, and is passionate about issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in childhood education.

Jessica has a Masters in Childhood Education, and New York State teaching certificates in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, E.S.L, and Italian. Prior to working at the Child Development Council, Jessica worked at Downtown Ithaca Children's Center, ICSD, Community Nursery School, Cornell's Latin American Studies Program, and Directed her own Spanish Through the Arts Program at GIAC through the Cornell Civic Leaders Fellowship. 

Jessica is an NLI grad, and finds that community work brings her joy. Jessica is a mother to two kind, imaginative, and sometimes mischievous children, and lives in Fall Creek with her husband, David. Occasionally, you can find Jessica around town singing Bossa Nova with her band mate, Lynn Wiles, or sharing poetry at open mics.

Learn about others serving your community  CLICK HERE
Tools and Resources for Fund Advisors

DonorCentral, online fund portal

DonorCentral is Community Foundation's online portal. Fund advisors are able to recommend grants, view fund information, explore grant opportunities and more!

Tompkins County thrives thanks to donor philanthropy.
The foundation offers education and advice, hosting events on various issues and interests, including our Annual Fund Advisor Luncheon.  Through one-on-one consultations many have benefited from the information, analysis and guidance offered by the foundation.  The Community Foundation staff brings a depth of knowledge and access to local resources.

Learn how to create a fund Here!  

Women's Fund Spring Gathering

Healthy Masculinity: Principles Toward Healthier Men and Boys (and to disrupt discrimination against women and girls)

Speaker, Davi Mozie, trainer, facilitator, advocate

Community Foundation's Women's Fund is proud to host this event as part of our objective to promote educational, economic, social, and political equality for women.

It takes more than telling a girl "she can do anything" to break a culture of violence and discrimination against women. It takes more than just telling boys to respect girls. Concerned adults know societal messages are everywhere. Teaching and promoting healthy concepts of manhood to each other, our sons and other boys means addressing the messages that impact all our children.

Healthy Masculinity programs work to undo a history of male domination that has deeply influenced the definition of manhood in our culture - a definition that teaches that women are of less value than men, the property of men and sexual objects. These programs offer tools for teaching and promoting healthy concepts of manhood to each other, our sons and other boys.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. 

March 5th 6pm-7:30pm
GIAC, 301 W Court Street, Ithaca, NY

Registration and additional details CLICK HERE

2020 Spring Grant Cycle - happening now

Application Deadline: March 12, 2020

Grants Range: $1,000 to $5,000

Spring Grant Cycle applications and must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.

Out of Cycle Requests will be received and reviewed during the Spring and Fall Grant Cycle timeframes.

The  Spring Grant Cycle (now including the Women's Fund) makes grants from the Howland Foundation (assets held at M & T Bank) and the Community Foundation's donor advised and field of interest funds, especially our Children & Youth Fund and our Women's Fund.

The Spring Grant Cycle  supports the following areas:

AGING (serving Tompkins County only)

ANIMAL WELFARE (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)

ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION  (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)
WOMEN  (Serving Tompkins County only) Newly moved to spring from fall.
YOUTH (Serving Tompkins County only)

Details and online application, CLICK HERE

Mark Your Calendar for Exciting 
2020 Anniversary Events Ahead! 
 Community Foundation Events

Save the Date! 
Find a listing of upcoming events CLICK HERE

Celebrations, Exhibits, Education and more!

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