About Us

The Community Foundation of Tompkins County, established in 2000, has a mission to bring people and resources together to build a more equitable Tompkins County by inspiring diverse philanthropy, catalyzing collaborations and championing inclusion and justice.

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Philanthropy Magnified, our monthly impact report, contains the latest information on grants, events and people of the Community Foundation as well as local nonprofit news. Sign-up to receive regular updates. Thank you for being a friend and for your interest and support of our mission.

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2021 Annual Report “Perseverance”

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Community Impact in Tompkins County

The Community Foundation of Tompkins County awards grants with the expectation of specific results to those groups whom we believe will make the differences we desire to see in our community.

Grants Data


Impact Dashboards and Impact Stories

A community foundation is a public charity that focuses on supporting a geographical area, by facilitating and pooling gifts to address community needs and support local nonprofits through grantmaking. Community foundations are funded by gifts from individuals, families, and businesses. Because of donors, we can offer numerous types of grantmaking, including donor-advised funds, endowments, field-of-interest funds, designated funds and sometimes giving circles and scholarships. In 1914, a banker established the first community foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, there are about 800 in the USA and over 1,800 worldwide. Each addressing community needs and empowering people to address local challenges and opportunities.


quote Community Foundation Donor Advisor

We just started with, ‘Oh, this is something we want to support.” The Foundation took it from there. “You may have an idea of something you want to do, but then the Community Foundation helped make…a connection, helped make you aware of something else.