In early 1999 a group of concerned citizens gathered to discuss ways of creating a community foundation to serve as the philanthropic center for Tompkins County and for those wishing to support and enhance the quality of life for all who live and work here.
In June 2000, six people agreed to serve as the Incorporating Board of the new Community Foundation of Tompkins County and thus to establish a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation.: Jeff Furman, Howard Hartnett, Bill Myers, John Semmler, Diane Shafer, and Robert Swieringa.
In August 2000, the Foundation became a reality with Jeffrey (Jeff) True as the first executive director. Two years later, Margaret (Peg) Hendricks followed Jeff. In 2005, George Ferrari began his current service as executive director. Their collective leadership has guided the growth of assets from generous donors, the gathering of community knowledge with Critical Issues Roundtable sessions and subsequent Listening & Learning focus groups, and the rapid expansion of grant-making.
GROWTH OF COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS 2000–2012*
|Community Foundation Grants||% Of $||$ Area Amount||# Of Grants||% Of Grants|
|Arts & Culture||22%||$889,299||268||19%|
|Health & Human Services||42%||$1,714,861||532||37%|
|*Inception (August 2000)-December 31, 2012|
Over our first decade many volunteers have contributed their time and expertise to guide our work and we acknowledge them with gratitude for tireless service.