Community Impact

Community Foundation awards grants, provides philanthropy education and brings people and organizations together. Your Community Foundation is all about facilitating connections with grants, information and relationships that keep on giving.

We receive gifts from people of all walks of life and all abilities to give.

We invest the gifts so that they grow.

We give back by making community grants to initiatives that enable Tompkins County to thrive.


Community Foundation seeks to solve problems and improve our community by acquiring, stewarding, analyzing and distributing three types of resources:

  • financial resources such as grants, gifts to the Foundation, investment stewardship, and financial report analyses;
  • knowledge resources such as Listening & Learning sessions, reported current needs, gaps in available services, best practices known here or imported from elsewhere, models of outstanding local providers, grant evaluations, and new theories and proposals about emerging issues; and
  • relationship resources such as convening community leaders, engaging donors, facilitating collaborations between providers, and coordinating with funding partners.

Grants Data

Impact Dashboards and Impact Stories

quote Library Grant Cycle Review Team Member

The Community Foundation succeeds in creating an inclusive, respectful environment that ultimately results in better decisions and better results for the people served by its grant making.