Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
January 2020
2019: A Year of Records
2020: A Year of Celebration
Achievements in 2019 #s:
Donors, Gifts and Grants Build Assets 
for Greater Impact

Tompkins County thrives thanks to donor philanthropy.
2019 Results (Gifts, Grants, Assets, Donors and Funds)
  • # of donors =  550                                    
  • # of gifts =  874
  • $ of gifts =  $4.4 million
  • # of grants =  485
  • # of grantees= 219
  • $ of grants =  $2,075,104 
  • $ assets = $22,400,000
  • investment return = 20.6%
  • 17 new funds, 5 endowed
  • 98 Legacy Society members
  • 74 HEROES, 91% retention rate

Join us!  June 4 Community Foundation Annual Celebration Hear stories of impact made possible by donors helping to reach record breaking financial stats.

Learn about our 2020 Grant Cycles Here!  

Local Philanthropy Must Embrace Working for Racial and Social Justice
Your Community Foundation has access to tools and resources to share about how to work for more just, equitable and inclusive communities. For example:

Two funds, Social Justice Fund and Collective Impact Fund, along with donor advised funds are examples of resources you can support and which have made grants in our local communities. We have an area of grantmaking we call Community Building to track our work. Some 2019 grant examples in the Community Building category include:
New Door Opener Society 

2020 inductees John Hinchcliff, Kim Rothman and Bill Currie
Beginning in 2020 and each year, professional advisors who are outstanding partners with the Community Foundation in the promotion of philanthropy in our region are recognized with our Door Opener Society award.

Members of the Door Opener Society provide a valuable service to their clients and to the people of Tompkins County. Every new gift, fund and bequest provides much-needed philanthropic resources in Tompkins County. All donors who inform us of their plans become members of our Legacy Society either publicly or anonymously.

Many professional advisors work with the Community Foundation to help clients achieve their charitable goals through an outright gift, giving to or creating a fund or bequest. 

Congratulations to our first recipients John Hinchcliff, Kim Rothman and Bill Currie! 

Thank you to all who design, craft and customize their financial objectives to include charitable giving.

Meet our New Board Chair
Keith McCafferty 

Keith McCafferty works at Legal Assistance of Western New York, a not-for-profit law firm which includes seven offices and 145 staff spread over a fourteen county area which provides free legal aid to low-income and other vulnerable people with civil legal problems.

He was previously counsel in the Trusts & Estates, Corporate, Real Estate, Tax and Elder Law practice areas at Hancock Estabrook.His legal practice concentrated in the areas of estate planning and corporate governance. Mr. McCafferty assisted individuals on issues related to estate planning, trusts, planning for the elderly and disabled, and estate and trust administration. Mr. McCafferty also advises tax-exempt organizations on diverse legal issues, including formations, taxation and tax-exempt issues, corporate governance, corporate restructurings, regulatory matters, and a variety of commercial ventures, contracts and transactions.

Keith succeeds past board chair, Susan Murphy, who remains on our board and we thank and appreciate both for their leadership.
New Funds in 2019


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 
Cesar Chavez 

Thanks to generous donors who established the following funds in 2019:
  • Rotary Club of Ithaca Fund
  • Birth To 3 Fund
  • Ithaca Rotary Fireworks and Community Programs Fund
  • Birth To 3 Endowment Fund
  • Kirsch and Tsuji Community Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Sue and Steve Ruoff Fund
  • Jack Engel Young Fund
  • Cathy Zumoff Basic Needs Fund
  • Joel Zumoff Education in the Arts
  • Noah, Zach and Hannah Feldshuh Fund
  • Two anonymous donor advised funds both for general purposes
  • David E. Dier Fund
  • McCollister Frank Family Fund
  • Three anonymous funds, one for future generations, one for education, one for cancer resources 
Learn more about the variety of fund types designed to meet your individual philanthropic goals by CLICKING HERE

Your Community Foundation now has 133 funds with the following composition
  • 76 Donor Advised Funds
  • 35 Designated Funds
  • 15 Field of Interest Funds
  • 7 Community Impact Funds
Mark Your Calendar for Exciting 
2020 Anniversary Events Ahead! 
 Community Foundation Events

Save the Date!  
March 5

March 19

Co-hosted by Community Foundation and CFCU Community Credit Union
April 15

June 4

Just Be Cause Party Celebrating Community Foundation 20th Anniversary
July 26

History of Philanthropy Exhibition at Tompkins Center for History and Culture

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