Donor Stories

Please enjoy three donor stories below. Donors who willingly share with us how they achieved their philanthropic goals. Each individual donor receives our full gratitude and deep appreciation. Thank you to our philanthropic partners!

The Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund

Changing Lives One Book At A Time

The Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund

Bernard Carl Rosen (1922-2009) was a sociologist and Cornell professor who had an indefatigable curiosity about human beings and the human condition. He often studied issues related to BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) populations, class, and achievement. Indeed, one of Professor Rosen’s most consuming questions was, “who is destined to be a winner, who a loser, and why?” He attended college on the GI Bill after serving in the US Army during WWII. And after his passing he may have left his greatest gift — a generous bequest to establish the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. This fund allows public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins counties, all the libraries in the five counties of the Finger Lakes Library System, to apply for grants to create/continue programming for youth.

Libraries are sacred spaces. Local community leader and business owner, Patrice Lockert Anthony, owner and president of Black Label Consulting shares the following story. “My mom was a single mother to four children. She also had purpose, passion, and ambition. She went from GED to a BA in psychology, to a Ph.D. in education (and until she won a Ford Fellowship for graduate studies, she also worked full time as a keypunch operator for IBM). She studied in public libraries, completed assignments, reports, and did her research in the libraries, so that’s where we were, too. My mom had only one hard and fast rule for the staff; our curiosity wasn’t to be censored. Answers might be censored, but not the books we chose, and not our questions.”

We want to stimulate young minds, encourage and build their intellectual curiosity and capacity. Stronger communities are built when we invest in building strong minds. Strong minds solve problems (sometimes before they can exist). Strong capable minds build bridges to other communities. Libraries, with adequate funding might partner with churches, schools, school districts, hospitals, cafeteria staff, theatres, local restaurants, hotels, social services, etc. There isn’t an organization that libraries can’t partner with to uplift youth (including those serving juvenile “offenders” and organizations working to interrupt the school to prison pipeline. Open their minds, and we’ll open their world, and in turn; our youth will serve their communities. And as the great equalizer — it won’t matter what race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, or economic status. Libraries are open to all.

This Cycle Will Next Receive New Grant Applications in Early 2022.

Joel and Cathy Zumoff

The Ease of Stock Gifts

Joel and Cathy Zumoff

“Cathy and I each set up a Fund with the Community Foundation to provide support for areas of interest in Tompkins County that we consider to be important. We decided to provide the initial endowment for these funds by transferring appreciated stock from our investment portfolio to the Foundation. In this manner we were able to both take an income tax deduction to a charitable agency and to avoid paying substantial capital gains taxes on stock we had held for twenty-five years. It was very easy to accomplish this task. All that was necessary to transfer the stock was to write a letter to our financial advisor and ask him to move the stock from our portfolio to an account provided by the Community Foundation. We have also used this mechanism in subsequent years to add additional monies to our funds. We recommend this method to anyone who has the resources to support the Community Foundation in a substantial manner.”

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truths and treasures ... legacies and learning

Journey to becoming a philanthropist, realized

truths and treasures ... legacies and learning

Imagine what it would be like if you had a letter from a favorite aunt or friend offering a story from her life and a few truths she’d learned along the way. Chances are, you’d treasure it forever. This week the Community Foundation had a treasured meeting to ask questions and hear from Millicent Clarke-Maynard, known to many as, Millie.

Millie retired in 2012 after 33 years teaching students at Ithaca City School District’s Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. A second grade teacher, she bonded and focused on kids. She keeps in touch with many of her former students. Her writing journal assignments were legendary. What is one of her fond memories?  Today she sends those writing journal to her students upon their high school graduation. She loves to hear how much it means to them to be remembered. What a blessing to have a connection with a mentor, to share a good experience and renew a relationship.

Millie gave so much of her time and resources to students, to the school and to the PTA. Ever including others, the Multicultural Dinner was named by the PTA when Denise Gomber was the principal and continues today. The annual dinner, held in honor of Millicent Clarke-Maynard, in appreciation for her years of work in the Ithaca community with children and families, and her dedication to equity, access, and education as a human right for all.

Millie’s path to teaching began in Harlem in a true community neighborhood with a mother, father, grandmother and neighborhood parents all guiding her. Many lessons shaped Millie but her mother, a high school graduate, instilled in her a goal to get an education. Thus her dream to be an educator started in kindergarten. She loved books and often visited a public library near her home.

Very quietly Millie has been giving her time and donating her resources to Tompkins County. She believes our greatest legacy is our children and the impact they will have on making this world a better place to live. Through that example she shares her love of books and provides access to them. She gives opportunities to engage and empower youths who are next in line to provide for this community. A place for young people to take a role now, to express their ideas.

In short, the values, strong sense of community and education strengths that Millie’s family gave her, she gives back.

Millie and her husband, Willoughby, have chosen Community Foundation to establish their family legacy, a donor-advised fund, named the Clarke-Maynard Fund. They wish for the PTA dinner to keep going, to invest in getting youth books to young families and to donate every year to sponsor a “students” table at the Dorothy Cotton Institute annual Human Rights Gala. Millie’s love of community brings students and mentors together to empower them and help build their dreams to a fulfilling life.

Thank you, Millie, for your warm spirit of giving and for being a mentor to many in this world. You have been a dedicated philanthropist for many years.

For more information on giving opportunities, please contact Nancy Massicci, Chief Development Officer, or 607-272-9333, ext. 205.

quote John Milton

The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.