Grant Impact Stories

Community Foundation awarded 392 grants in the period January 1-December 31, 2016 totaling $2,686,823 in support of the arts & culture, environment, education, health & human services, and other means of community growth. From grantee reports and site visits and community conversations with donors and grantees we learn about what has worked, what has fallen short, and how we can dedicate our grant making to constantly improving impact.

Learn more about grant successes and ways we have partnered with donors to help solve specific problems in our community.

Catholic Charities' A Place To Stay

Catholic Charities' A Place To Stay

The Women’s Fund Grant Cycle magnifies the impact and scope of funding, meeting critical needs of  our population’s most vulnerable.  A Place to Stay is one of the programs funded by the 2016 grant cycle.

This grant supports a new strength-based program that combines short-term residential stays for women with increased access to local resources and services. Participants secure employment, transportation and stable housing. Women residents receive encouragement and self-sufficiency in a safe space.

Lisa, 51, has battled drug and alcohol addiction for the past 33 years. She recently found a safe haven at a newly opened Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga-sponsored facility for women in Ithaca. Known as “A Place to Stay,” the residence provides transitional housing for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. While living there, they work with staff members on skills that move them toward independence and a more permanent housing solution. (photo by Kevin Rivoli)

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Ithaca Health Alliance's Services for Women Technology Connecting Generations

Ithaca Health Alliance's Services for Women

Ithaca Health Alliance (IHA) support from the Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund provides funding to sustain and continue healthcare and health-related financial aid to under-resourced women in Tompkins County. IHA provides free diagnostic lab services, primary care, therapeutic healthcare, and financial aid to more than 1,000 low-income, uninsured or underinsured patients, 57% of whom are under-resourced women. This grant helps women receive annual gynecological exams; employment physicals, tuberculosis testing; and chronic care medical case management, often known as well-visits, the basics of healthcare.

Greater Ithaca Activities Center's Motivated Sisters of Strength, A Teen Empowerment Group

Greater Ithaca Activities Center's Motivated Sisters of Strength, A Teen Empowerment Group

Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund Grant supports a new initiative designed to help empower a group of teen girls and young women, ages 16-25 considered at-risk. Your support builds their self-esteem and marketable work skills through mentorship, social skills training, personal hygiene training, job skill training and coaching. Funds are used for one-on-one counseling, group socialization through planned interactions and self-introspection exercises. The young women embrace the powerful transformative aspects of the program offered in a safe, supportive environment to grow and improve their lives. The outcomes are inspirational: One participant is enrolled in college, two returned to high school – and graduated! Two are back in high school to finish their education. Those not in school are working. One participant found meaningful work at GIAC, ”Being a summer camp counselor for a four year old group was the highlight of my summer!”

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