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2020 Annual Report “Resilience: An Unforgettable 20th Anniversary”
The Community Foundation of Tompkins County awards grants with the expectation of specific results to those groups whom we believe will make the differences we desire to see in our community.
A community foundation is a public charity that focuses on supporting a geographical area, by facilitating and pooling gifts to address community needs and support local nonprofits through grantmaking. Community foundations are funded by gifts from individuals, families, and businesses. Because of donors, we can offer numerous types of grantmaking, including donor-advised funds, endowments, field-of-interest funds, designated funds and sometimes giving circles and scholarships. In 1914, a banker established the first community foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, there are about 800 in the USA and over 1,800 worldwide. Each addressing community needs and empowering people to address local challenges and opportunities.