Special Newsletter
March 2020
Resources and Support!
Community Foundation Message
Emergency Funds Needed

As there is further expansion of COVID-19 with it comes some uncertainty. As a result, our events and fundraising are changing or adapting  and we will monitor the evolving situation carefully. Above all, we hope for the best for you, your family and friends good physical and emotional health.  

We are reviewing our programs and services daily to see how we can best meet the needs and challenges associated with COVID-19 We are connecting with other funders to review and adapt where appropriate.We are helping where and when we can while we are working quickly and writing to you because this is important. 

Your help is needed now more than ever to serve residents, workers, and families. A new and special COVID-19 Response Fund is here to deploy flexible resources to basic needs nonprofits. Please make your gift and to learn more click here
Gifts by check should indicate  COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo line payable to  Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Your gift of any amount to this special COVID-19 Response Fund will deliver timely support to our local communities.
Please continue to give to those organizations you regularly support and to those that need your help at this crucial time

Your gift will be put to immediate use to residents in need in the region in many ways, including basic needs. Thank you for doing what you can.

Our team remains available to you by phone or video-conferencing on Zoom. 

Our  Events  tab has the most recent event postponements and updates. 

The  CDC's site  has tips on managing anxiety and stress.

Review other resources  on our homepage:  Philanthropic Response Guide .
Good News - Libraries Receive Grants

$162,000 to 21 Libraries

2020 Library Grant Cycle recently granted $162,000 from the  Bernard and Shirley Rosen Fund and from additional  Community Foundation funds , to promote intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning by encouraging youth to develop habits of regular library use. Awardees are public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties representing the  Finger Lakes Library System .






Congratulations to these important organizations helping youth! 

A HUGE thank you to each Grant Review Team Member for their time in meetings with us and reviewing applications!

Note: Due to COVID-19 concerns all libraries listed are closed to the public but resources are available online
FreeWill Tool, a Resource for Anyone
A long game crisis step for our future

Funded by the Community Foundation, FreeWill.com/CFTC is available to you to help you create your legal will. It's private, 100% free to you to write your will, and most people finish in 30 minutes or less. Call Nancy or George if you would like help walking through the process.

We've heard from many other nonprofits that they are working hard to navigate what planned and major giving looks like as the nation grapples with COVID-19. We continue to serve residents, workers, and families and your help is needed now more than ever. Join the many who have included the Community Foundation in their legal will to help residents in the region in many ways including basic needs. 

As daily life is rapidly shifting, you are invited to use FreeWill.com/CFTC resource to create your legacy and make a lasting impact in Tompkins County. As well, we can help you by referring local estate planning professionals and/or suggesting charity beneficiaries. 

Your philanthropy, of any amount, positively impacts the people in our county and is key to a strong quality of life in our communities.

Thank you for doing what you can.

Learn how to create your FreeWill  here

P.S.  Did you catch us in  O, The Oprah Magazine ? FreeWill made the list of their top game changing ideas helping to serve a higher purpose.

Happy Ending Note

A grant to a daycare center  makes a difference!

We love getting notes. The one above from a 2nd grader in the Downtown Ithaca Children's Center (DICC) school program, brings joy to our day. 

The DICC and the Sciencenter work with their education team to find new ways to engage kids. They have been hugely successful! For example, older kids in the after school program have been trained to handle the animals and are becoming animal ambassadors, taking the animals out for visitor interaction.

 Alli Sribarra, Director of Development, says of the impact of the Community Foundation grant, "The kids take so much pride in this role! It is great to walk through the museum on days that the DICC after school kids are here and see them taking an active part in our space."

We hope Madeline's and Alli's note brightens your day like it did ours!

Though both organizations are now temporarily closed to the public due COVID-19 concerns, we all look forward to the day when these two and so many other cultural treasures are able to re-open and build community.
Your gift can help our region