Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
January 2021
2021: A Year of Recovery, Recommitment & Renewal
Achievements in 2020 #s:
Donors, Gifts and Grants Build Assets 
for Greater Impact

Tompkins County thrives thanks to donor philanthropy.

You response to COVID-19 Needs
  • # of donors =  436                                  
  • $ of gifts = $387,731
  • # of grants = 49
  • $ of all COVID related grants
    • $331,718 from COVID-19 Response Fund 
    • $348,058 from additional Community Foundation funds
    • $1,330,673 from other funder partners  in Tompkins County
2020 Results (Gifts, Grants, Assets, Donors and Funds)
  • # of donors =  863  (347 or 40% are new in 2020)                                   
  • # of gifts =  1,392 (440 or 32% are new in 2020)  
  • $ of gifts =  $3 million ($956,990 or 32% are from new donors in 2020)  
  • # of grants =  572
  • # of grantees= 219
  • $ of grants =  $2,320,585
  • $ assets = $25,218,710
  • investment return = 17.9%
  • 9 new funds, 4 endowed
  • 103 Legacy Society members
  • 140 HEROES (69 or 50% are new in 2020) those giving at least $1,000 annually
Learn about our 2021 Grant Cycles Here!  

Social Justice Grantmaking Data Analyses
Your Community Foundation conducted a three year (2018, 19 and 20) analysis of grants made in Tompkins and contiguous counties.

71% of dollars in 900 grants totaling 
$3.7 million of $5.2 million went to 173 organizations employing in a social justice strategy

We defined social justice strategies as including at least one of the following impact goals:
  • RACIAL JUSTICE Grants that support the systematic fair treatment of people who have been marginalized based on their race/ethnicity, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes. Grants uniquely in service to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
  • RURAL SERVICES Grants that support access to services for those living outside of the City of Ithaca, but within Tompkins County or surrounding rural regional counties.
  • HUMAN RIGHTS Grants that support equal access toward fundamental rights for individuals (e.g. housing, employment, safety, clean air, etc.).

    Grants that support community organizing as an activity that aims to influence decisions within governmental, economic, and social institutions in support of greater equity for individuals/groups (e.g. formerly incarcerated, those at risk of incarceration, those experiencing domestic violence, etc. ).

    Grants that aim to protect our planet.

    Grants supporting grassroots organizations.
  • RESOURCE EQUITY Grants that give access to individuals/families in Tompkins County with low to moderate Incomes to programs, resources and opportunities
9% of dollars in 115 grants totaling $471,000 went to 38 organizations employing in a racial justice strategy

$6.3 million (25%) of $25.2 million of Community Foundation assets are specifically designated to using social justice strategies

Examples of local organizations receiving Community Foundation grants that are employing a racial justice strategies

  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)
  • Southside Community Center
  • Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)
  • Village at Ithaca
  • Civic Ensemble
  • Ithaca Welcomes Refugees
  • Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
  • Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR)
  • Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
  • Open Doors English
  • Downtown Ithaca Children's Center
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
  • Natural Leaders Initiative
  • Youth Farm Project
  • Ultimate Reentry Program (URO)
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
  • Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County
  • Civil Warriors Project
2021 Door Opener Society Honorees 

Congratulations to the 2021 Door Opener Society awardees!

Mariette Geldenhuys, Attorney and Mediator 
Anna K. Holmberg, of Counsel, Coughlin & Gerhart
Community Foundation Board and staff are proud to honor these two individuals for their outstanding partnership with the Community Foundation.  

Professional advisors who are outstanding partners with the Community Foundation in the promotion of philanthropy in our region are recognized with the
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. Every new gift, fund and bequest provides much-needed philanthropic resources in Tompkins County. Thank you to all who design, craft and customize financial objectives for your clients to include charitable giving.

Join us in congratulating Mariette and Anna who join current Door Opener Society recipients John M. Hinchcliff, Kimberly N. Rothman, and William L. Currie!

All who establish a planned gift with the Community Foundation become members of our Legacy Society either publicly or anonymously. 

Welcoming Six New Board Members in 2021
Meet Aisha Jasper 

A native of Endicott, NY, Aisha relocated back to The Southern Tier after living abroad for six years in Australia and Israel. She holds her Masters of Business Administration and Non-Profit Management from the University of South Australia.

Aisha currently enjoys a career in philanthropy as a member of the Community Development team at Visions Federal Credit Union. Most recently as Co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Society, she assisted in the formation of the 'Let's Get Real' Series: a candid discussion amongst young professionals on topics surrounding race, racism, and social justice. In that same vein, she also currently serves as the Co-chair to the Community Foundation of South Central NY's Racial & Social Justice Fund, the first of its kind at the foundation. Aisha also serves as a Board member for the Conrad & Virginia Klee Foundation & Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES).

Prior to joining the Board, Aisha proudly served on the Community Foundation's Philanthropic Services Committee. She is extremely honored and excited to be a part of the Board of Directors. Aisha will serve as board liaison to our Women's Fund advisory committee. 
New Funds in 2020


"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 2020:
Learn more about the variety of fund types designed to meet your individual philanthropic goals by CLICKING HERE

Your Community Foundation now has 140 funds with the following composition
  • 81 Donor Advised Funds
  • 35 Designated Funds
  • 16 Field of Interest Funds
  • 8 Community Impact Funds
Local COVID-19 Vaccination Information 

THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING of our community is our top priority. Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is working closely with community partners to prevent and respond to the evolving novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Virtual Town Hall, recorded 1/6/2021  


Safety of the COVID-19 Vaccine

When can I be Vaccinated?

NYS Vaccination Priority Phases

Vaccination Process

Test your eligibility per NYS here.

NYS Affirmation of Eligibility form here.


NOTE: Under the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, employees of CVS, Walgreens, and other select pharmacies will vaccinate residents and staff in long-term care facilities including nursing homes, much like they do for the flu vaccine.
 Community Foundation Events

Save the Dates!  

 February 11, 2021 with Community Foundation CEO George Ferrari

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