Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
June 2019
Celebrating YOU! 

Thank YOU for making our 
Annual Celebration 
a HUGE success!


Annual Celebration Luncheon
Inspiring Philanthropy, Strengthening Communities
It's ALL because of YOU!
Your gifts make for inspiring stories.

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Missed the event?  See highlights on Facebook . 

Spotlight: Steve Ruoff
New 2019 Community Foundation 
Board Member

Steve Ruoff Brings a Wealth of Experience to the Board

Steve Ruoff has lived in the Ithaca area his entire life, but he has discovered many new facets of Tompkins County since joining the Community Foundation Board of Directors in January.

He didn't realize, for example, that libraries are not only places to check out books but also community centers where kids can get a free meal in the summer. And he didn't know there were so many nonprofits helping people in Tompkins County.

"I've lived a pretty privileged life," says Ruoff, who founded a materials testing firm that expanded into a global company. "I decided I should learn about what goes on in Ithaca because I've got a pretty narrow view of the needs of the people and the organizations that are out there."     

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Summer Reading at Southworth Library

A Universe of Great Reading! 

This summer, children visiting the Southworth Library in Dryden will not only be checking out books. They will also be building and launching rockets, creating models of the solar system, and making spacesuits at the library's Summer Kid's Club.

The six-week program featuring science experiments, guest speakers, and free children's books is based on the theme, A Universe of Stories!, developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national consortium that promotes summer reading at public libraries.

At the Southworth Library, the program is supported by a $2,750 grant from the Sandy and Jay True Fund at Community Foundation of Tompkins County, which will pay for activities materials and books for the children to take home.

"Without that funding, we wouldn't be able to do these amazing, cool things," says Diane Pamel, the library director. "Getting rockets and engines for 12 to 15 kids - that's not something most small libraries can afford."

Over the past nine years, Community Foundation has invested more than $1 million in the 33 libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System. The annual library grant cycle, which awarded $182,000 to libraries this year, was inspired by the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund at Community Foundation.

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Newfield Mill Park Music Series

A grant from an Anonymous Fund at Community Foundation
supports the Newfield Music Series at Mill Park
Check it out! 

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A Growing Promise 

In 2019 there is a special incentive from an anonymous donor! 

For every person who makes an estate plan that is new to us, 
a donor will contribute $1,000, up to a total of 10 new members. 
Join A Growing Promise by making your plan known to us by December 31 and leveraging your impact.

Contact Nancy Massicci, Chief Development Officer, for more information.

Learn more HERE
2019 Events Calendar 

Community Foundation events

Closer Look Site Visits J uly - December

Summer Open House August 22

Philanthropy Magnified Reception September 

Women's Fund Celebration October 17

Winter Open House December 13

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