Employment & Volunteering

We have volunteer, internship and occasionally employment opportunities at the Community Foundation.

Follow the specific directions below for who to contact for next steps. Thank you for your interest in your Community Foundation!


We are currently seeking a diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position of Administrative Coordinator. Candidates should email a letter of application, a resume, and three reference contacts to CEO George Ferrari at gferrari@cftompkins.org

Administrative Coordinator Job Description

Primary Role: To provide quality administrative coordination as the primary staff support person for all staff and to oversee office operations including grants management, philanthropic services and development. Basic tasks include, but are not limited to, database management, technical assistance with a variety of online platforms for grants application and review, for CRM, and for donor relations as well as for accounting software, managing data queries and correspondence, scheduling, event logistics, and electronic communications.



“I’ve been a member of the Library Grant Cycle Review Team for multiple years. I continue to be energized by the Community Foundation’s approach to community-based decision making. My experience of working with a team of volunteers who expressed a deep concern for the Tompkins County community and the challenges that local libraries face in serving youth was refreshing. While we had differences of opinion, they were expressed in a respectful manner and everyone was heard. It’s great to be a part of a process that continues to result in wonderful things for the community. The Community Foundation succeeds in creating an inclusive, respectful environment that ultimately results in better decisions and better results for the people served by its grantmaking. It’s a great representation of our community and one of the many reasons I love Tompkins County.”  Review Team Member, March 2016

The Community Foundation achieves its mission and serves Tompkins County thanks to the generous contribution of volunteers’ time and expertise. Volunteers work within the context of the Community Foundation’s Certificate of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Policies and Procedures. Of particular importance are the Council of Foundations’ National Standards and the Community Foundation’s Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality policies. Please refer to these documents on the Policies page.

The Community Foundation seeks individuals to be considered as candidates for the Board of Directors. Please refer to the Community Foundation Board Member Service Agreement and the Questionnaire Potential Board Members 2019-2021. Contact Chief Executive Officer, George Ferrari, at gferrari@cftompkins.org,  to schedule a meeting to explore board services and other volunteer opportunities. Or review the 2018 Committees and Responsibilities information and complete the Volunteer Information Form returning it to info@cftompkins.org to pursue any volunteer opportunity. Thank you.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Event, Finance or Development Committees 
  • Advisory committees for Field of Interest funds 
    • Arts & Culture Fund
    • Children & Youth Fund
    • Crime Victims Fund
    • Social Justice Fund
    • Women’s Fund
  • Office and reception support or tasks
  • Social media ambassadors
  • Grant Cycle Review Team members


The Community Foundation seeks individuals for internship placements. Please contact Chief Executive Officer, George Ferrari, at gferrari@cftompkins.org, to schedule a meeting to explore internship opportunities.



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