Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
January 2019
Reflecting on 2018 & Launching Into 2019
  Achievements in 2018 #s:
Donors, Gifts, and Grants Build Assets
for Greater Impact


Tompkins County thrives thanks to engaged philanthropy.
2018 Results (Gifts, Grants, Assets)
# of donors =  434                                            
# of gifts =  673                                             
$ of gifts =  $2.8 million

# of grants =  477
$ of grants =  $1,873,617   

$ assets = $17,500,000
investment return=  -5.79%    
(unaudited )

In June 2019, our 2018 annual report will include stories behind these wonderful numbers.
Donor's Dedication Grows 
with Community Foundation:
Profile of Donor Sarah Johnson  


When the Community Foundation of Tompkins County was created in 2000, Sarah Johnson was so impressed with the organization that she became one of its early donors.

"I thought it was a really exciting idea," says Johnson, who had moved to Ithaca to earn a graduate degree in human development at Cornell. "It is a way, if you're attached to a community, for like-minded people to band together. They are more powerful if they're together than if they're apart."

After working as a lab manager at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell, Johnson was hired as director of operations for the former Women's Community Building, where she became more aware of the role the Community Foundation plays in Tompkins County. During the eight years she held that position, she interacted with many local nonprofit organizations that rented space in the Women's Community Building.

"So many of the nonprofits held events at the building," Johnson says. "I became immersed in that world and I learned a lot about it.'

CLICK HERE to read more about what Sarah, and her sister, did as donors to support Community Foundation's unrestricted grantmaking.
# New Funds in 2018

Thank you to our generous donors who have made these new funds possible.
Our most recent funds include:

  • Loaves & Fishes Fund
  • Jane Efroymson Fund to Defeat Hunger
  • Immaculate Conception Fund
  • American Red Cross Fund
  • United Cerebal Palsy Fund
  • Two New Anonymous Donor Advised Funds

Cornell Career Services & Work Study Students

A recent Cornell Career Services article featured Community Foundation's very own community work study student employee Dawna Badie. Read more about her experiences at  CORNELL WORK STUDY PROGRAM SUPPORTS TOWN-GOWN CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Thanks to 2018 Board and Congrats to New and Continuing 2019 Board Members

We acknowledge, with gratitude, the following members completing service in 2018: Sahara Byrne, Ross Feldman, Sara Knobel, and  Diane McDonough.

Community Foundation announces its 2019 Board of Directors:
Elected to the board for a first three year term are Theoria Cason, Training and Education Coordinator, Co-Investigator, Office of the Title IX Coordinator, Cornell;  Linda Gasser, adjunct lecturer, ILR School, Cornell; Mary MacAusland, Senior Lecturer, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell; Jim Mazza, Senior Advisor, Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell; Steve Ruoff, retired local businessman and community volunteer; and Khandi Sokoni, attorney at True, Walsh & Sokoni, LLP.

Elected to the board for a second three year term are Jan Conrad and Clover Drinkwater.

Leadership for 2019 is Susan Murphy, Chairperson, Sandy Dhimitri, Vice-Chairperson, Steve Pope, Treasurer, Alice Moore, Secretary and Randy Ehrenberg as Immediate Past Chair.

In addition, continuing board members are Christine Barksdale, Bill Currie, Nicole Eversley Bradwell, Ann Martin, Keith McCafferty, Phil McPheron, Liebe Meier Swain, Ben Renberg, Michelle Rios-Dominguez, Eric Schillinger, Kevin Shreve, Lynn Swain and Lucia Tyler.

For the 2018-19 academic year Ben Kalter and Vinthra Raveendran serve as Johnson Board Fellows.

CLICK HERE for Board Biographies
MLK Day Reflections

Community Foundation staff attended this year's GIAC MLK Community Breakfast. Read more about this powerful and inspiring event HERE

Sadly the winter weather caused the the multi-agency sponsored community lunch scheduled for Monday, January 21 to be postponed.  

To continue the work of seeking racial justice, take a listen to this important conversation from Monday's WHCU's All Things Equal Podcast.

Community Foundation's GIAC Endowment Fund continues to make annual grants to support their food and tech programs and to date has contributed more than $100,000. And our Social Justice Fund continues to advance the causes and work inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2019 Events Calendar 

Planning for Community Foundation events in 2019
(dates subject to change, details forthcoming)

We have a great line up of a variety of events planned for you in 2019. Whether large events like our annual celebration in June or smaller, midsize offerings like our fund contacts luncheon in April or more intimate gatherings like our Legacy Society luncheon, we have something for everyone. We seek to support all of your philanthropic needs by building connections, fostering community and providing information. More details for each event will be linked below as well as posted in the events section of our website approximately 4 weeks before each event.  Let us know which events interest you and we will be happy to facilitate your participation.

Spring Grants Cycle Q&A  February 14

Women's Fund Spring Tea April 28

Donor Advisor Luncheon  April 9

Legacy Luncheon May

Annual Celebration of Impact & Grants  June 11

Closer Look Site Visits J uly - December

Summer Open House August

Philanthropy Magnified Reception September 

Women's Fund Celebration October 17

Holiday Open House December 13

Check back HERE for the latest on Community Foundation events