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!

Diane Cohen, Executive Director, Finger lakes ReUse, Inc Finger Lakes ReUse Staff

True friend of Community Foundation

Diane Cohen, Executive Director, Finger lakes ReUse, Inc

Excerpt from a spring 2017 letter to us from Diane Cohen, “We felt the Women’s Fund would be respectful of International Women’s Day and would be an excellent way to demonstrate our support for women and for fellow nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to support minority groups in our community.

Our donation to Women’s Fund is important to ReUse in another way, too. It is the first time we have been able to give back to a community organization that has supported us so much throughout our development. We are incredibly grateful to the Community Foundation for your support; since 2008 your organization has provided indispensable financial support. While our cash flow is still not in a solid position, (not even fully covering our payroll), we are pleased to offer this donation in appreciation for the great work of Community Foundation Women’s Fund.

Thank you George (Ferrari), your staff, and all of your volunteers for your important work.”

Corporate Sponsors Kate Davis and Danita Fish

Partners in local philanthropy

Corporate Sponsors

Why  is it important to be involved in local community philanthropy? Shared by one corporate sponsor:

Hancock Estabrook, LLP encourages its attorneys to share their skills with organizations that strive to make a difference in people’s lives. Our attorneys are active in many charitable endeavors, willingly donating their time and talents to various civic, cultural, educational, medical, governmental and service organizations seeking to improve the quality of life in our community. In addition, we believe that our strong commitment to public service should include not only the efforts of our individual attorneys, but also a generous giving program. Hancock Estabrook is proud to support Ithaca organizations such as the Community Foundation of Tompkins County!”

Thank you 2016 corporate sponsors!

We recognize and thank all 2016 Corporate Sponsors who gave generously at the HEROES Circle level. At Community Foundation we value every local business partner who joined with us at all levels in support of community philanthropy.  People in the company are the ones that make these decisions, and people are the direct results of the programs and services that strengthen our communities. 

2016 HEROES Circle corporate sponsors include:

Agava Restaurant

Alesco Advisors, LLC

Cayuga Radio Group

CFCU Community Credit Union

Chemung Canal Trust Company

Cornell University

C.S.P. Management

Elmira Savings Bank

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

Ithaca Foreign Car Service

Maguire Family of Dealerships

Miller Mayer, LLP


Palisade Corporation

PhotoSynthesis Productions

Robin Abrahamson Masson, Collaborative Attorney and Mediator

Well Said Media

Watch for stories from these businesses, as we work together to improve the quality of life for all here in Tompkins County.

Click here to learn more about CFCU Partners in Philanthropy

Click here to learn more about Hancock Estabrook Partners in Philanthropy

Click here for a listing of all our HEROES Circle donors.

To learn more about local impact visit  IMPACT DASHBOARDS AND IMPACT STORIES

Clover M. Drinkwater, Esq., donor, board member, attorney Philanthropy Magnified Reception

Powerful Gifts, Permanent Results

Clover M. Drinkwater, Esq., donor, board member, attorney

Nimbleness and creativity can be found in the forming of a local resource for the benefit of the community – a community foundation.  Working together, professional advisors, community leaders, and government bodies, helped to create a powerful intersection between rebuilding after a disaster and coming out ahead with permanent results.

At our 2016 donor reception, Clover, shared how other upstate communities have seized the opportunities at hand and have built resources that continue to be a permanent source of funding to meet local community needs. 

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quote B.R. Ambedkar

I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.