Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
May 2020
Generosity * Hope * Gratitude
Help Your Community

The needs in Tompkins County have grown quickly.  Only because of donors, like you, can we shift quickly, be nimble, and provide leadership and grants.

Staff are listening and leaning into creative solutions  to the problems caused by this public-health crisis. Your help is needed to plan for the future. 
Donor gifts of every size make a difference! 

If now is the right time, we'd love for you to help us help others. 
Thank you to donors who have helped so far.


DATE CHANGE: June 11, 2020
12:00-12:45 p.m. 
Annual Gratitude Gathering

Our first virtual annual celebration of gratitude will be 
informative, fast-paced and fun! 

Registration Link to be posted soon

 Be Part of our  June 11 Community Montage

Share a photo of yourself and...

In a few words, answer one of these questions:
Right now: I am thankful for...? 
 I am joyful for...? I am hopeful for ...?
I am grateful for ...?

Be a part of our first ever community montage shared at our 
June 11 virtual Annual Gratitude Gathering!
Details pop up when you email Amy LeViere, Chief Philanthropic Services Officer at

Interns and Johnson Board Fellows 
Bring Energy and New Ideas


Grant Thompson '20, Ithaca College, Integrated Marketing and Communications  major in the Park School of Communication shares in part, "I really enjoyed my internship...
 I'll definitely take the skills and lessons learned from this internship into my next step in life!"

Read more from Grant '20, Sophie '23, Susan MBA'20 and Keith MBA'20  CLICK HERE

Strengthen Your Community


1949 was the first year of Mental Health Awareness Month, organized by the National Association for Mental Health.  

The goal was to help individuals, communities and the nation to focus on mental health and  destigmatize the many issues around it by providing strategies for strengthening our well-being.  

Now, more than ever, in the midst of the worst crisis of global proportions most of us have ever experienced,  it is appropriate to pay keen attention to our individual and communal mental health needs.

Learn more about the impact of foundation grantmaking and how you can share and connect: A Community Project  CLICK HERE

COVID-19 Response Fund Impact News
Donors' financial gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund  have resulted in major support for our community. In just eight weeks, there has been an outpouring; and we are awed and humbled.  Recipient organizations are providing basic needs such as childcare, food and shelter.

T o all donors reading this, you are amazing, thank you!

In coordination with other local funders such as United Way, Legacy Foundation, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York and Park Foundation, $573,750 has been granted through May 13. To that date, Community Foundation has partnered with our donor advisors to grant 60% of that total or almost $350,000.  

Read more about the impact:

Cornell  Greek Life - Show Ithaca We Care

Fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and sister sorority house,
Phi Sigma Sigma, ran Show Ithaca We Care,
s ocial media campaign to raise donations for their college home community through Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund.  An anonymous donor matched gifts,  doubling the impact and providing relief to Ithaca and the surrounding communities.

Thank you Jack, Sam,Tommy, Devan and all your brothers and sisters 
for showing Ithaca that you care! 

Free Training for Human Service Agencies

Facilitating Fun & Interactive Zoom Meetings by Erica Marx Consulting

May 27th 2pm Registration and details  
Sponsored by Community Foundation