Donor Stories

We celebrate our partners in supporting our community. Here a few donors sharing ways they achieved their philanthropic goals. These stories highlight our gratitude and appreciation from your Community Foundation, celebrating the amazingly generous people and businesses, like you!

25 year medical director at Tompkins County schools

A life-time of service

25 year medical director at Tompkins County schools

When Dr. Marguerite Uphoff was appointed medical director of the Ithaca City School District in 1992, school nurses were conducting nearly 400 physical exams of students annually because children had no other medical care.

While the exams fulfilled the district requirements, Dr. Uphoff came to realize that the school checkups were not helping students improve their health. “If we found something, it just didn’t get followed up,” she said. “We could send home a note and say we found this, but the information just didn’t go anyplace.”

So Dr. Uphoff and the school nurses launched a campaign to connect more of the students with doctors in the community by showing the families how to buy health insurance. By the time she retired as medical director last summer, the number of children having annual school physicals in the Ithaca City School District had dropped to fewer than 100.

Helping students access regular medical care was one of the many accomplishments Dr. Uphoff achieved in her 25 years as the medical director of the Ithaca City School District, the Lansing School District and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.

To honor Dr. Uphoff’s dedication and support for children and families in the community, nurses from the Ithaca City School District have created the Dr. Marguerite Uphoff Endowment Fund. The fund will support Community Foundation of Tompkins County’s Children and Youth Fund, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations that serve youth.

“Forever the children in this community who have health issues, no matter what they are, will benefit from this endowment fund,” said Judy Hoffman, the former head nurse at the Ithaca City School District, who is spearheading the fund drive. She added, “I think that using the Community Foundation was the perfect way to create this fund.”  continued…

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Enduring Philanthropy

Building our Future

Enduring Philanthropy

Why  is it important to be involved in local community philanthropy?       To help build our future

Eight new endowment funds create permanent renewable resources for our community. These special funds honor or remember the many contributions to our community. Dr. Marguerite Uphoff Endowment Fund celebrates and honors Dr. Uphoff’s tireless dedication and support for children and families during her work as a pediatrician for over 45 years. Leon Lawrence Memorial Scholarship Fund, designated for Southside Community Center awards, honors the late Leon Lawrence, a beloved Ithaca activist and civic leader. Family Reading Partnership Fund provides permanent funding, supporting the nonprofit and their mission to “create a culture of literacy.” New endowments created by the Tom and Maria Eisner Fund, to better meet current needs, provide annual support to four institutions serving our community. A long-time resident made a $100,000 gift creating an endowment supporting a wide range of local nonprofit organizations. Collectively, these endowment funds total more than $385,000 benefiting our community both today and in the years to come. 

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Click here to learn more about the 4 endowment funds created by Tom and Maria Eisner Fund

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$100,000 Donor Creates Lasting Impact

Tompkins Today and Tomorrow

A long-time Ithaca resident has pledged $100,000 to Community Foundation to create a new endowment that will support a wide range of local nonprofit organizations .

“This pledge represents a great beginning of our effort to build an endowed grantmaking program and put it on a solid footing,” said George Ferrari, chief executive officer of Community Foundation.

The anonymous donor said she wanted to make the pledge to show her commitment to the community and to set an example she hopes others will follow. “Community Foundation has reached a level of maturity where it can be more proactive in its grantmaking,” she said. “They know the local issues, challenges and needs.”

Community Foundation board members, stewards of the endowment, expressed gratitude for the gift and look forward to others supporting it as well. “We are so grateful for this gift. It is a vote of confidence in how our grantmaking engages the community to address local needs,” said Randy Ehrenberg, current board chair. Incoming chair Susan H. Murphy added, “This new endowment gives us greater flexibility and more resources to meet emerging local challenges today and well into the future!”

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