Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
November 2018
Providing the Support to Improve Lives Every Day
Women's Fund Impact
Delivering Workplace Anti-Harassment Training Throughout Tompkins County

Tompkins County Worker Center staff

As sexual harassment cases in the workplace continue to rise nationwide, a Tompkins County organization is developing an anti-harassment training curriculum that can be used by local businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

The Tompkins County Workers Center plans to offer a sexual harassment and workplace violence prevention training curriculum to local businesses and nonprofits beginning in 2019. The center decided to create the training because sexual harassment and violence has been the top request from employees over the past four years.

In October the center received its first grant to develop the training curriculum from the Women's Fund. The $3,500 grant will support the development of the curriculum and training of staff and volunteers who will offer it to The center received the grant just weeks after New York State began requiring all businesses with one employee or more to conduct annual anti-harassment training and to adopt written sexual harassment prevention policies. Under the law, employers in New York were required to adopt and distribute to employees written sexual harassment prevention policies by Oct. 9.

"We want to go above and beyond just developing a curriculum that's consistent with the basic safety standards or the minimum for the state," Rob Brown, center staff said. "What we want to do with our curriculum is develop something that's robust, and that's more than the bare minimum."

The Tompkins County Workers Center is one of ten local nonprofits that received g rants from Community Foundation's Women's Fund.
Teresa Harris Estate Gift Creates 
New Charitable Funds

Teresa Harris, born on September 26, 1920 in Italy, passed away at 97 years of age on June 13, 2018. Mrs. Harris was the oldest member of Community Foundation's Legacy Society which honors and assists generous individuals who establish a planned gift with the Community Foundation with the long, future outlook of perpetually benefiting the communities and organizations in Tompkins County. She dedicated her estate to help build new funds to support organizations which were important to her during her life in Tompkins County. Mrs. Harris lived simply and had many friends in our community. Community Foundation expresses our condolences at her passing and our gratitude for her generous gift.
State Theatre Lane Family Fund Increases Accessibility


With partial assistance from Community Foundation , The State Theatre of Ithaca recently completed a renovation project that improved the quality of experience for visitors, particularly those who require greater accessibility. Prior to the summer of 2018, only 5 out of the theatre's 1600 seats, were ADA compliant. This project increased that number to 12 ADA compliant seats, which were installed in strategic locations around the downstairs orchestra section and in areas near the top of the downstairs seating area. The State Theatre consulted with the Finger Lakes Independence Center and received guidance on how to distribute the seats, accounting for ideal sight lines to the stage.

This project included the installation of two extra wide "buddy" seats which can accommodate couples, parents with small children and larger patrons who don't feel comfortable in the regular-sized theatre seats. The State Theatre also added more than 30 new cushioned removable seats to the front orchestra section, which has a newly refinished floor. They will be used for reserved-seated shows, but can be packed away easily for general admission events, creating more space in front of the stage. This entire project, including the new seats and additional work to the theater, cost around $100,000 in total, and were the theatre's biggest upgrades since a major renovation of the primary restroom facilities during the summer of 2015. In an effort to make Ithaca's last remaining historic performing arts theatre more inclusive for all populations, The State Theatre has been exploring ways to improve accessibility for several years and is looking forward to future renovations.

College Student Success Story

Jodi Anderson entered a juvenile detention facility when he was 15 and spent the next decade in state prison for a string of crimes, including stealing a car and burglarizing houses while still a teenager.
This fall, he became a student at Stanford University, studying political science on a full scholarship. His transition from Auburn Correctional Facility to Stanford would never have happened, he says, without the help of Benay Rubenstein, director of College Initiative Upstate, a program that works with court-involved and formerly incarcerated people in Tompkins County.
College Initiative Upstate, founded in 2016, has been supported by a number of local nonprofits, including Community Foundation of Tompkins County, which has awarded the program $9,600 since its inception.
Anderson met Rubenstein while she was working for the Cornell Prison Education Program and he was a student in the program who was within two years of being released from the prison in Auburn. He was a straight-A student in the program, taking four classes a semester and eventually earning his associate's degree from Cayuga Community College as class valedictorian.
When Benay first encountered Anderson in 2015, she saw something in him that suggested that he might make it to Harvard, Cornell or one of the top schools in the country. "I knew if I worked with Jodi, that we could break a barrier," she said. "It is very rare when someone who has spent that percentage of his young life on the inside has an opportunity to apply to an Ivy League school. But I just knew that he could do it."

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3Q18 Dashboard and Story

2018 3rdQTR Impact Dashboard: $1,310,116 in 328 Grants to 200 Organizations from Current Assets of $18.9 Million Thanks to the Generosity of $2 million Donated by 265 Donors in 347 Gifts

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2018 Events Calendar 


Celebrate award recipients, philanthropy, giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement within our communities.
Friday, November 16th, noon - 2pm

Our goal is to raise $1,800 from 18 donors in honor of 18 years of service providing grants and support to Tompkins County.
NYGivesDay is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York. During the event, online processing fees are waived (thanks, GiveGab), so every dollar you donate helps people in need! Thousands of nonprofits across the Empire State will collect donations and build philanthropy to help local communities. 
Tuesday, November 27, from 12AM-11:59PM

You are invited to our Holiday Open House to mingle with generous people and amazing organizations who have special wishes to make our community a better place!
Bring your Friends
Review Community Foundation top 2018 accomplishments
Please drop by our offices for cheer, nibbles and to share your wishes for 2019. 
Friday, December 7, from 11AM-2PM

We hope to see you at an