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Community Foundation Staff
George P. Ferrari, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
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George has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County since August 2005.
George has been a committed and active participant in the Tompkins County community since 1980 with a special focus on nonprofit organizations that combine alleviating individual suffering and injustice with working for societal change. Previously he served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins and Tioga Counties and worked with families in crisis as Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service’s Crisis Line Manger. George was the founding Executive Director of AIDS WORK of Tompkins County. He has also served in positions with Head Start, a federal family development anti-poverty program as well as in residence life at Cornell University.
George is a past board president of the Grantmakers Forum of NYS, now called the NY Funders Alliance, an association of foundations from across upstate New York. George currently facilitates the Tompkins County Human Service Coalition’s monthly Forum meetings. He is a member of the Ithaca Rotary club, Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County, and Cayuga Medical Center‘s Ethics Committee. George was recently re-elected to a second term in a public service position on the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He began service on the board of directors of both the Diversity Consortium of Tompkins County and Kendal at Ithaca in 2016.
George enjoys camping, working out, opera and many varieties of chocolate. He lives in the City of Ithaca with his partner Daniel Hirtler, an architect and founder of the firm Flatfield Designs.
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Janet joined the Community Foundation in 2007. Janet has a bachelor’s degree in social work from RIT and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She came to Ithaca in 1997 to work as the Assistant Director of Finance at the Franziska Racker Centers. Janet has been active in advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities, low-income families, as well as in community building. She has enjoyed teaching “Proposal Development and Grants Management” at Binghamton University in the College of Community and Public Affairs. She is excited to build on the philanthropic vision of the Community Foundation and to play an active role in supporting local nonprofits and this community.
Seeking a diverse pool of qualified candidates for the position of Administrative Coordinator
Philanthropic Services Officer
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Amy joined the Community Foundation in February 2010, coming with experience as an entrepreneur, self-employed, and having managed a wholesale business. Prior to that, as a financial consultant at M&T Bank Investment Group, Amy developed many connections throughout Tompkins County. Amy currently serves as the President of the board of directors for the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Finger Lakes Chapter. She has served in various roles in her community: volunteering as an Ombudsman through Office for the Aging, serving on the board of Dryden Sports Boosters (DSB), contributing on the marketing committee at the Dryden Community Center Cafe. Amy has stayed active, seeking to improve financial systems in the non-profit sector, serving as an officer for FINZ Finance Officers Association of Tompkins County. After graduating from Cornell University, Amy chose to stay in the Ithaca area, raising five sons; with one with a family in the Seattle area, one working in the ag industry in WI, and the last three in various stages of education and learning. She stays involved in her church and faith community. Amy is excited to be a part of the Community Foundation and looks forward to continuing to promote the intersection of philanthropy with all aspects of community life.
Chief Development Officer
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Following over 12 years in officer positions at both Tompkins Financial Advisors and Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development, Nancy joined the Community Foundation in 2015. She managed and guided Tompkins Trust Company’s establishment of the Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund, a donor-advised and pooled income fund, to help facilitate clients’ charitable giving plans and grantmaking.
She received her bachelor’s degree in business, management and economics from Empire State College after graduating from Tompkins Cortland Community College. In addition, she is a graduate of Trust and Estate Administration schools offered by the New York Bankers Association.
Nancy served on the Board of Directors for several not-for-profit organizations including co-president and board member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was a past secretary of the Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County, and a member of Rotary International. In addition, she was a United Way Pacesetter Campaign volunteer, and an Ithaca High School Sports Booster. She also found time to volunteer for the Endowment Committee for the City Federation of Women’s Organizations and Tompkins Learning Partners Board and Capital Campaign and Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation Alumni Committee.
Nancy resides in Ithaca, NY with her husband, Peter, and she has two sons, Peter, a graduate of the University at Buffalo, and Anthony, a graduate of Canisius College. She is a sports enthusiast, which includes personal exercise, watching baseball and hockey, and participating in Women Swimmin’ on Cayuga Lake to support Hospicare.