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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 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 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 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, and the Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County. 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 has a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology .
George enjoys camping, working out, opera and many varieties of chocolate. He lives in the City of Ithaca with his spouse Daniel Hirtler, an architect and founder of the firm Flatfield Designs.
Chief Impact Officer
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Janet joined Community Foundation in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from RIT and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She came to Ithaca in 1997 to work as the Assistant Director of Finance at Racker. Janet has been an advocate for racial justice, individuals with developmental disabilities, low-income families, women’s issues and many others. Her work with the Foundation has predominantly been around the strengthening of our mission-driven sector through approaches such as collective impact, systems that support diversity and inclusion and the building of social capital. She has enjoyed teaching at Binghamton University in the College of Community and Public Affairs and leading workshops on impactful grantmaking for various audiences. She continues to build the strategic vision of Community Foundation and to mobilize philanthropic investment throughout Tompkins County.
In addition to engagement on a variety of community boards and committees, she has enjoyed singing with the Burns and Kristy Band and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers.
Jessie is a lifelong resident of Ithaca whose family has deep roots in the nonprofit community. She has devoted the last sixteen years of her professional life to nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County.
Prior to joining the foundation Jessie first worked for Challenge for 4 years as administrative assistant to human resources, Communications and development, and program staff.
She worked for Racker Center in the communications and Development Department providing data management database management.
Most recently she was the office manager for the First Congregational Church in Cayuga Heights for six years working closely with the church leadership.
When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, family and friends, traveling, camping and hiking.
Chief Philanthropic Services Officer
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Amy joined Community Foundation in 2009, 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 graduated from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Business Management.
Amy currently serves as on the board of directors for AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Finger Lakes Chapter and Cornell Club of Ithaca. She has served in various roles in her community including: 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. She stays involved in her church and faith community. Amy has raised five sons and continues to enjoy sporting and outdoor activities. Amy is excited to be a part of 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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Nancy joined Community Foundation as its first Chief Development Officer in 2015, following over 12 years in officer positions at both Tompkins Financial Advisors and Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development She established Tompkins Trust Company’s 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 economics, business, and management 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 president and board member of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was 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 Capital Campaign and Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation Alumni Committee.
Nancy resides in Ithaca 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 active teaching Group Fitness classes, cycling and hiking and participating in Women Swimmin’ on Cayuga Lake to support Hospicare.