Our Funds

Currently 99 Funds are established and it continues to grow. All Funds support changing needs and worthy causes through the Community Foundation, now and forever.

61 Donor Advised Funds
23 Designated Funds
10 Field of Interest Funds
6 Community Impact Funds

Most of our funds are listed below, and many have links for more information. You may make a gift to any of these funds at any time. Funds not listed here are anonymous, as requested by the donor.

YOUR DONATION:
-Can be given in honor of a friend or a loved one.
-Is tax deductible.
-Supports many local programs that need it most.
-Donors who give $1,000 or more are members of our Philanthropy Magnified Society.

Ways to Give –
A Fund:
• Field of Interest Funds gift of any amount
• Designated Funds gift of any amount
• Give at any level to an existing Donor-Advised Fund
• Create a Donor-Advised Fund: minimum $10,000 for an endowed fund or $20,000 for an expendable fund

Deferred Gifts:
• A deferred or planned gift (assets in retirement plans, life insurance, securities, real estate, trusts, tangible personal property, and/or cash).

Annual support current use (where it’s needed most):
• Operating support gift of any amount
• HEROES Circle (Helping Expand Resources, Operational Effectiveness, & Service), $1,000 or more
• Operating three-year pledge gifts, each year $2500, $1,000, $500, or $250
• Operational Endowment gift of any amount
• Community Memorial Fund gift of any amount

General Funds

Community Memorial Fund

Offers the opportunity for everyone to make a difference in our local communities. Your gift to this fund celebrates and memorializes the lives of a loved one, client, colleague, or friend; continuing to benefit the communities where they have lived.

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Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund

Your gift to this fund supports grants made through our annual grant cycles: 1) Women’s Fund Grant Cycle, 2) Library Grant Cycle, 3) Spring Grant Cycle (aging, youth, animal welfare or the environment) and 4) Fall Grant Cycle (priorities posted annually) as well as for the General Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process.

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Community Foundation Operational Endowment

A forever fund! You can support the programs and services of Community Foundation including philanthropy education, donor services, community knowledge sharing and leadership now and forever.

Field of Interest

Arts & Culture Fund

Children & Youth Fund

No gift is ever wasted on a child. Help promote the healthy development of children and youth in ways that complement existing services in Tompkins County.

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Collective Impact Fund

Help advance the practice and results of new ways of solving problems using the processes of collective impact. Progressive and exciting fund!

Crime Victims & Sexual Assault Survivors Fund

Your support will benefit agencies and organizations that help victims of crime and sexual assault.

Social Justice Fund

Dedicated to understanding and interrupting the traditional patterns of exclusion which prevent equal opportunity for all. We are in this together!

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Social Justice Fund Endowment

Susan Christopherson Community Planning Fund

Established by Susan Christopherson through her will. Susan envisioned communities in Central New York engaging their residents effectively and meaningfully in decision making around planning issues that affect their day-to-day lives. This Fund will assist residents who want to improve their communities through planning and design.

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Women’s Fund

Consider supporting the empowerment, education, creativity and transformation of women and to provide a venue for honoring women as philanthropists and leaders.

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Donor Advised

21 Goodwill Street Fund

The 21 Goodwill Street Fund is a family fund established to engage several generations of the Shafer family in supporting a variety of community needs.

Advocacy Center Fund

Supports the programs and services of the Advocacy Center.

Bailey Place Insurance Fund

Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund

Established with a generous gift from the estate of Bernard Rosen. Bernie's gift is transforming, and promoting genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning by providing greater and easier access by youth to libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System.

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Blecher Schaffzin Family Fund

Bunny’s Medical Education and Health Care Fund

Created in memory of Bunny-O’Brien/Schassburger, a consummate nurse practitioner to enhance the continuing professional education and training of medical personnel, as well as facilitate communication and understanding between medical professionals, aspiring health care providers, patients and their families/care givers and to help provide enhanced quality of life for those undergoing therapy and end of life care.

Carolyn J. McPherson Fund

To promote educational, economic and social equality for women and girls and to motivate and encourage women and girls to achieve their goals in life!

Carman and Sandra Brink Hill Fund

Community, Hope & Joy Fund

This fund supports Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga and other organizations that build community, provide hope and joy to individuals.

David J. Kuckuk and Sheila Danko Fund

Dorothy L. Allen Black Gospel Music Fund

Established to support Gospel music in traditional African American congregations.

Educational Enrichment Opportunities Fund

Erin Aljoe Schlather Dedicated Memorial Fund

Supports initiatives that develop leadership, responsibility and confidence in young people, especially young women; Erin believed that it was her responsibility to make the world a better place. She inspired others to believe in themselves and in their ability to make a difference. To Erin, it never was whether the cup was half full or half empty, rather it was that the cup was not big enough.

Hartnett Fund

One of the first funds created by a private individual, the late Howard Hartnett, an incorporating board member of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County; supports a broad range of community needs.

Hess Legacy Fund

James E. Lawrence Environmental Fund

Established to honor the life of James E. Lawrence, a dedicated conservationist and environmentalist. Grants from the Fund will support his love of the natural world through local and regional conservation projects.

John Semmler Fund

Johnson Community Impact Fund

Supports grants to the community by the students of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

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Just Be Cause Philanthropy Fund

Supports local not-for-profit organizations.

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Kathy Yoselson Memorial Fund

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Kraut Family Fund

Lane Family Fund

Laurie Conrad Music and Arts Fund

A memorialized fund for Laurie Conrad. In support of her interests in classical music, ballet instruction and performance, and documentary film making for social justice causes.

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League of Women Voters of Tompkins County Education Fund

Supports the educational activities of the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County, a nonpartisan organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

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Lynnette Molesky Scofield Fund

Mansoor Family Fund

In gratitude for friends, colleagues and Cornell classmates, the Mansoor Family Fund supports charitable initiatives in the Ithaca and Tompkins County.

Many Hands: Peter D. Wadach Memorial Fund

Established to provide opportunities for individuals and to serve humanity in the diverse and generous ways that Pete Wadach did throughout his life.

Miller Family Fund

Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund

North American Rock Garden Society-Adirondacks Chapter Fund

Supports projects to the promote rock gardening.

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Paul D. Tate Fund

Intended to honor the person named through gifts reflecting his generosity and compassion.

Paul Velleman and Susan Michlovitz Fund

To honor the philanthropic goals of the donors parents.

RAP [Regenerative Activities and Projects] Fund

Supporting projects in energy conservation, renewable energy, community resilience, wildlife habitat restoration and community enrichment.

Rev. David N. Gramkee Community Fund

In honor of Reverend David N. Gramkee's personal commitment to social ministry and community projects throughout the Ithaca , Elmira, Seneca Falls, Auburn, and Rochester areas, the Fund is dedicated to the support and enhancement of youth ministry programs and activities in our region.

Ridenour Dietz Family Fund

Ridenour-Shady Family Fund

Rothman & Alford Fund

Sandy and Jay True Fund

Satya P. Mohanty & Chandra Talpade Mohanty Progressive Fund

Savin-Williams & Cohen Fund

Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk Fund

Supports the law firm's gifts to the community.

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Shelley Semmler Fund

Small and Inspiring Fund

To support broad charitable with a preference for, but not limited to, collaborative and/or innovative initiatives, programs, and projects that are community-supported, sustainable, and self-supporting (e.g. includes but is not limited to medical and basic research, scholarship, and basic needs (housing, child care, quality health care, mentor-apprentice employment opportunities, and arts and cultural enrichment)).

The Sophie Fund

In support of enhanced mental health initiatives aiding young people in the Ithaca area.

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Stephen & Linda Pope Fund

Strebel Fund for Community Enrichment

Created in memory of and in the spirit of Lee Strebel's love of performing arts.

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Taylor Peck Fund

Thomas R. Bruce & Judith S. Pratt Fund

Tom & Caitlin Schryver Fund

The Tom & Caitlin Schryver Fund was established to support organizations which maximize human potential.

Tom and Maria Eisner Fund

With this fund, Maria Eisner supports some of the worthy organizations that enrich the life of our community.

Vector Magnetics Fund

White Family Fund

Yarussi Family Fund

Designated Funds

A Network for Grateful Living Fund

A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L)
provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, inspired by the teachings of Br. David Steindl-Rast and colleagues. Gratefulness fosters personal transformation, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, intergenerational respect, nonviolent conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability.

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Cascadilla Boat Club LTD Fund

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Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) “Talk Works” Fund

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Eric Lawrence Ehrenberg Memorial Fund

To support the grant making of the Community Foundation's Children & Youth Fund, in memory of our beloved son, Eric Lawrence Ehrenberg (1971-2008), who grew up in Ithaca and loved this community and all that it afforded its youth.

Family Reading Partnership Fund

Supports Family Reading Partnership

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Friends of Lansing Community Library Fund

The Friends of the Lansing Community Library, a nonprofit, supports the programs, activities, and facilities of the Lansing Community Library. To improve the quality of life for the citizens of Lansing by providing access to information, cultural resources, and opportunities for personal enrichment.

Finger Lakes Land Trust Stewardship Fund

Supports the stewardship of land and conservation easements held by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

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GIAC Fund

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Groton Educational Fund

Supports the educational and operational needs for programs provided to the children and students of the Groton Central School District.

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The History Center Fund

An endowment to support the programs of the History Center in Tompkins County.

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Hospicare Fund

Established by the Hospicare Foundation to support the mission and work of Hospicare and Palliative Care Services

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Ithaca Ballet’s Alice Reid Endowment Fund

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Ithaca Community Chorus Fund

Established by the family of Bill Thayer, who sang tenor in the chorus both before and after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Thayer family was particularly touched by the many kindnesses that chorus members extended to Bill as his illness advanced, and wanted to do something that would strengthen the chorus in years ahead.

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Ithaca Health Alliance Fund

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Johnson Sisters Fund

To support the discretionary grant making of the Community Foundation.

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Just Be Cause Agency Fund

An endowment to ensure the long-term stability of the Just Be Cause Center.

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Lansing Community Library Endowment Fund

Supports Lansing Community Library endowment.

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Lenore Coral Fund

A bequest by Lenore Coral, a retired Cornell music librarian. Lenore established this fund through her will to support the International Repertory of Music Literature, an organization that archives literature and publications on music throughout the world.

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Museum of the Earth at PRI Fund

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Newfield Central School Fund

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Southside Community Center Fund

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