Philanthropy Magnified Impact Report
October 2020
Engaged Philanthropy, Inspired Communities
Building Trust, Growing Relationships
In this newsletter we bring you just a sampling of the many opportunities for those in our community to make their voices heard. This is made possible by your contributions to our community. 

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Impacted Families

United Way of Tompkins County is joining over 20 local UW's across New York in promoting a survey to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted New York families. 

The purpose of the survey is to help determine the best ways to assist Tompkins County residents and communities as we work together to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
United Way of Tompkins County is asking for as many residents as possible to complete this survey - doing so only takes 10 minutes. 
Deadline to complete the survey: October 27, 2020.
Survey Link:
Let's hear from as many residents as possible.

Philanthropy Magnified Briefing

The power of community giving is working to address the crisis.

Responsive philanthropy during a pandemic

We wish to acknowledge briefing speakers for sharing their thoughts
 and insights of what is important and impactful. 
Community Foundation Board of Directors: 
Theoria Cason, Ann Martin and Jim Mazza, along with foundation staff: 
Amy, Janet, Nancy and George.
Additional resources: 

Get Out the Vote
Nonpartisan Community Initiative 

Local moms who met and planned this grassroots initiative through Mama's Comfort Camp to provide volunteer car-side support to assist  parents as they vote.

Voting Information:

Connections to this special place

Community Foundation's Legacy Society honors the intentions of generous individuals seeking to leave a long-lasting impact benefiting the communities and organizations in Tompkins County. 

"As a former longtime resident of Tompkins County I witnessed first hand how amazing the community supports the needs of everyone and everything. Naming the Community Foundation in our estate plans was simply an opportunity to ensure future generations continue to thrive in this special place we call home."  
Marrie Neumer, Legacy Society member
Strengthening Families Grant Report

Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins, Family & Community Development Program area  received funding from the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund this past Spring to help reach out to families to learn more about the challenges they were facing during the pandemic, as well as what might be helpful.  

Cornell Cooperative Extension: Tompkins Families

By Elizabeth Wolff, Community & Family Educator 'Tompkins Families'

 Our work at CCETC is informed by the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and the social and emotional competence of children.

 We used this framework as we thought about the things that would be most helpful to families in navigating the COVID-19 crisis and the increased challenges we knew they would be facing. We were especially concerned about the social isolation that families would be facing, as well as the increased challenges around accessing resources and information. 

Additionally, we recognized the importance of supporting parents during this stressful time: children's responses to this current crisis are directly related to their parent's emotional response to the crisis, and the parent's ability to support their children. Our feedback from families indicated that we were on the right track. We also learned that rural families were feeling especially isolated and stressed, and that access to the internet, and the increased emphasis on digital access/literacy made it increasingly difficult for some families to find the assistance that they needed. 

Tompkins County has an abundance of resources, but finding those most relevant to specific locations and needs can be challenging. Providing streamlined links and other information via newsletter, facebook, email, text, and phone proved to be helpful. We were also able to provide support to some families directly, and by linking them to providers/volunteers who could offer additional assistance.  

As we shifted to a digital platform for program delivery we learned by doing, providing extra support to families as they transitioned to a virtual interface, and making loaner tablets available for those who needed them. 

We've learned that one of the most effective ways to support families is by offering opportunities to build Protective Factors; growing resilience, creating opportunities for parents to connect with others, increasing awareness of and links to concrete supports, by sharing strategies for self care, and by offering parents a chance to gain knowledge, skills and strategies for responsive caregiving and emotional support for their children. 

Strong relationships and community networks result in more resilient individuals and caring communities that are better able to weather these challenging times. 

Tompkins Families Check In
Supported in part by the COVID-19 Response Fund

Tompkins Families knows that these are challenging times.  
They want to hear how you and your loved ones are doing, and how to better support you. 

A program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
For more information and to take a brief survey, click here 

Women's Fund Virtual Celebration

Women at the Heart of the Pandemic Response
Sue Dale-Hall, Alice Moore, Ana Ortiz and others

October 29th 12:15pm
Registration and details, click here

Women's Fund Champion and Instigator

Jean Livingstone Gortzig
A champion for women and girls 
and their rights and well-being.

Consider a memorial gift to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York or Community Foundation's Women's Fund.
Complete obituary, click here

Let's Talk: 30 Minute Monthly Series 
Connecting you with issues and needs 
in our community

  • November 18, Let's Talk Workers 
    with Pete Meyers, Coordinator, Tompkins County Workers' Center on what local workers are facing as employment issues during these challenging times. For more information, click here.
  • December 9 TBD
Thank you to our earlier Let's Talk speakers:

Dr. Jeffrey Matteson, District Superintendent and CEO Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES. His update on the issues K-12 schools are managing during these challenging times can be watched here.

Liddy Bargar, Coordinator of Housing Initiatives, Human Services Coalition. Her report on the many resources available to assist with housing needs during the pandemic can be watched here

Holly Payne, Coordinator of Tompkins County COVID-19 Food Task Force.  Her update on the many partners involved in a coordinated response can be watched here

Upcoming Grant Opportunities


We have updated our special grant opportunity: Resilient Communities Rolling Grant Cycle. This now incorporates all Out of Cycle requests for fall 2020 and it expands the previous COVID Rolling Grant Cycle.

This cycle is designed for local nonprofits to share their emerging and changing needs as our community faces the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. We are reviewing submitted applications weekly to provide a nimble and timely response to requests. Furthermore, we also meet regularly with other local funders and are sharing COVID-related requests, working together to create a coordinated response.

Make requests through CommunityForce, our online grant management platform.