Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
November 2019
Bounty of Giving and Cornucopia of Impact 
Tapan Mitra Provides Gifts to Many
An estate gift at the Community Foundation, for Hospicare, created the Tapan Mitra Fund and Endowment Fund for Palliative Care.

Cornell University professor Tapan Mitra, a leading economic theorist, died of cancer in February. At the time of his passing, his care was coordinated by Hospicare. Dr. Mitra's passion for the community and for education drove him to make significant philanthropic gifts, both during and after his life. In 2016, Dr. Mitra established endowments to offer prizes for economics students at Cornell and the University of Rochester, and to the Finger Lakes Land Trust establishing the Tapan Mitra Preserve at the Community Foundation.

"Palliative care can make a world of difference for patients and their families, and the research backs that up. Hospicare is launching a major effort to expand and grow our popular program, ensuring that all who can benefit from palliative care know where to turn. We are immensely grateful for this transformational gift and the opportunity to partner with an incredible family to make a significant difference in our community." said Kim De Rosa, Hospicare, Executive Director.

His nephew, Aveek Majumdar, "He would have been heartened that part of his legacy will allow others in the community to benefit from the organization's further expansion to palliative care services."

"Dr. Mitra's charitable gift to support strong partnerships and to publicize the benefits of palliative care will provide comfort and compassionate care to many people well into the future. We are proud to offer this leadership opportunity for Hospicare, and are especially grateful to our donor who makes it possible for local quality of care programs to thrive," said George Ferrari, Community Foundation CEO. "These planned gifts become a meaningful force in local philanthropy."

The Tapan Mitra Fund for Palliative Care will provide the financial resources to cultivate strong partnerships with the region's medical communities, and to provide Hospicare's service area (Tompkins and Cortland Counties) with education and information about the benefits of palliative care and its interdisciplinary approach. Interest earnings from the Tapan Mitra Endowment for Palliative Care will provide funds in perpetuity for outreach and marketing efforts.

A deep appreciation and thanks to Dr. Mitra and to his family! 

What kind of legacy do you want to leave? Check out our partner

Create or update your will - fast and free.

The Thanksgiving holiday is here! We have a gift for you and our future.
Create or update your will today - fast and 100% free.

Do you have a legally valid will? Everyone needs a will, even if you plan to live to be 150 years old. A will is the best way to prepare you and your loved ones, it is among the easiest ways to acknowledge your wishes and to save on guess work and confusion. You can use FreeWill to better prepare for appointments with an attorney or trusted advisor.

We've partnered with FreeWill to create your will online. It is free whether or not you include a gift to the Community Foundation.

Visit to get started.

Questions? Contact Nancy Massicci or George Ferrari at (607) 272-9333.
Either can describe examples of gifts of all sizes from donors who have helped to improve this community.

Your planned gift can enable us to grow further. 

Did you know that the vast majority of Americans don't have a will? Are you one of them? 
"A Growing Promise" Reached
 Thanks to New Legacy Society Members

A generous anonymous donor challenged the Community Foundation to encourage new Legacy Society* memberships.  "A Growing Promise" campaign goal of 10 members was  surpassed and a SUPER goal of 15 has now been reached. The donor is providing $15,000 to our #1 need, operating support! We are humbled and honored by the generosity of these individuals and the anonymous donor.
A Growing Promise list of 15 individuals or couples (below) have made their commitment known to us. Currently, 96 Legacy Society members have designed their philanthropy to leave a gift to the Community Foundation.
We are grateful to the anonymous donor! His investment in our community is encouraging others to deepen their support. T hank you to each of our newest members who love Tompkins County and want to see it thrive forever:
  • Anonymous donor 
  • Millie Clarke-Maynard
  • Karen Comstock
  • Marlaine and Richard Darfler
  • Carolyn McPherson
  • Tapan Mitra +
  • Jane Mt. Pleasant
  • Joe and Marney Thomas
  • Frank and Melanie Towner
  • Charlie and Nancy Trautmann
  • Jeanne A. White +
 + deceased
*The Legacy Society honors 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.
We Appreciate Your Kind Words of Encouragement
"Our appreciation to the Community Foundation goes deep. In addition to your funding and outcomes support, our experience is that you see us through a strengths based lens and not a fix-it or deficit model. Community Foundation's respect has helped our community thrive."

Why I Give from Betsy Schermerhorn, 

"I rely on the Community Foundation to provide the framework for identifying and refining the projects that promise success. They can figure out what level of financial and institutional support are necessary to bring these projects to fruition and completion. They can guide and lead a great idea into being. I could not do that on my own. To make as large an impact as possible with my contribution, I turn to the expertise and experience of the Community Foundation and the amazing staff who accomplish such remarkable outcomes year after year. "

It's a Wrap!
 Community Foundation Events

Giving Tuesday December 3

Winter Open House December 13 (RSVP, please)

3Q Dashboard Financials
Follow us on Instagram,  
  @ communityfoundationtompkins

MONTHLY Donors are Going UP! Start Today