Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
October 2018
Building and Sharing Community Philanthropy Resources
Annual Women's Fund Grants


Inspiring Stories
Women's Fund Luncheon: Empowering Individual & Group Self Care: Caring for you so that you can care for your community  on October 23rd.  We look forward to you joining the most amazing gathering of passionate philanthropists dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women in Tompkins County.  

Empowering Community
The Women's Fund promotes educational, economic, and social equality by enabling women to achieve economic self-sufficiency, and by helping to provide the necessary resources for women's health and basic needs.   

Laura Holmberg Awardee
Diane Shafer

*10 agencies      *$30,000 of grants     *7 funds including 
Community Foundation's Women's Fund, Children & Youth Fund and donor advised funds

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming - Building Confidence through Carpentry

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County - Natural Leaders Initiative: Creating Ripples of Change: Developing Diverse Grassroots Leadership

Greater Ithaca Activities Center - Girls Empowerment Groups Beautiful and Educated (BAE) - Girls Empowerment Motivated Sisters (GEMS)

OAR of Tompkins County - College Initiative Upstate Women's Matching Fund

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Service - Peer Specialist Certification

Tompkins County Workers' Center - Workers' Rights Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention & Response Program Development

Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga - "A Place to Stay"

Mama's Comfort Camp - Hiring the Pilots: Fair compensation for Mama's Comfort Camp's Lead Moderators

Child Development Council - Transportation Support

Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes - Cancer Resource Center (CRC) Boutique
Two Years In a Row, Many thanks for a second $100,000 Unrestricted Gift


We just received news of an anonymous donor's RMD gift of $100,000 from her IRA for a second year in a row. She is a big fan ("it's a no brainer") of RMD gifts to charity from IRAs. Half of her gift goes directly to current use needs for our programs and services in philanthropic education. The other half is designated to grow the endowment for our unrestricted grantmaking.

This donor would like to encourage more people to give to the Tompkins Today & Tomorrow Fund, which provides for board discretionary grantmaking. A gift for current use enables us to meet the most pressing needs today. A gift to the Tompkins Today & Tomorrow endowment equips us with a growing resource to address needs well into our future. 

If you would like to follow the lead of this magnificent donor and make a gift to our most flexible pool of grant making funds, please make a gift online HERE or contact Nancy Massicci or George Ferrari at 607-272-9333.  We are happy to answer questions. 
Childhood Nutrition Collaborative


All students attending Beverly J. Martin Elementary and Enfield Elementary are entitled to free breakfasts and lunches this fall after the schools qualified for a federal program that pays for the meals.

Offering universal free school meals has been a goal of the Childhood Nutrition Collaborative, a coalition of nonprofit, school, university and government staff working to improve childhood nutrition in Tompkins County. Over the past year, members of the collaborative had been talking with the Ithaca City School District about ways to increase participation in the school breakfast program.

The Childhood Nutrition Collaborative was launched in 2016 with funding from Community Foundation of Tompkins County, which has provided $40,000 in grants to the group. The collaborative is one of Tompkins County's " collective impact" initiatives, which have built a framework for social change that involves participants across sectors to solve complex problems together.

"One of the successes of our long-term commitment to collective impact is substantial improvement in access to nutritious food in our schools," said Janet Cotraccia, program officer at Community Foundation. "The Childhood Nutrition Collaborative has catalyzed this work, and the provision of universal lunches and breakfasts at Enfield and Beverly J. Martin are an excellent example of this."

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DonorCentral will bring new services and support for fund representatives


Launching on December 3, 2018, the new DonorCentral will enhance and streamline fund contacts' work with your Community Foundation funds. 

Donor-advised funds continue to rise in popularity, especially among millennials who desire more involvement with their chosen social investments. DonorCentral is mobile, intuitive, and configurable, making the software easy to use for current and future donors. You can see and cosndier relevant granting opportunities, make grant recommendations to the causes you care about, and access fund information at any time.

DonorCentral will present you with grant requests we receive that align with your interests
It will provide the modern, convenient experience you expect with a solution that can be accessed any time, from any device.

It will increase efficiency by connecting you directly to your data and protect your privacy and asset information with secure technology that seamlessly integrates with our accounting software.

Specific sign-on information will come to you well before the December 3 launch.

Questions? Contact Amy LeViere  at
2018 Events Calendar 


Gather to learn more about the progress and challenges from those working on collective impact initiatives.
Wednesday, October 31st, 10am - 11:30am

  Let's Talk Philanthropy: Campus Perspectives, Cornell University  
Are you part of the Cornell community (faculty, staff, alumni, students, parents, partners)? Join us for lunch and share your perspective!
Tuesday, November 8th, noon-1pm

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

We hope to see you at an