May 1st, 2020

COVID-19 Response Fund Makes First Grants to Support Essential Nonprofit Services

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Local Funders Chart 5.13.20



CLICK HERE > Detailed COVID-19 Response Fund Grants Listing


COVID-19 Response Fund grants have helped the following organizations:

Child Development Council
Ithaca Carshare
Salvation Army
Catholic Charities

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
GIAC’s Robin Fund
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Healthy Food for All
Golden Opportunities

Loaves & Fishes

Southside Community Center

YMCA of Tompkins County


Youth Farm Project

Human Services Coalition

Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services





Many donor advised fund grants have helped the above organizations and:

Food Bank of the Southern Ties
Food Net Meals on Wheels
Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center

Alternatives Impact

Advocacy Center


COVID-19 Response Fund Grants Listing as of May 13th

Community Foundation supports the many and varied ongoing local efforts in the nonprofit sector to address challenges brought forth by COVID-19.

We are engaging in collaborative efforts with other local funders to deliver a coordinated philanthropic response.

Your gift of any amount to this special COVID-19 Response Fund will deliver timely support to our local communities.

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to basic needs nonprofit organizations serving Tompkins County communities to address how they and their participants are impacted by this crisis. This is not intended to make grants directly to individuals nor provide emergency paid leave.

Gifts may be made with checks indicating COVID-19 Response Fund in the memo line payable to:
Community Foundation of Tompkins County
200 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 202
Ithaca, NY 14850
Please contact us with any questions: (607) 272-9333.

CLICK HERE to make an online gift to the COVID-19 Response Fund. At the top of the form in the Fund Name box enter COVID-19 Response Fund.


Each gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

These gifts are held in cash and are not exposed to stock market losses. We are not charging any fees on this fund.

Our COVID-19 Response Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Requests to Community Foundation will be shared with other local funders. Together our local philanthropic community is meeting regularly to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where they are needed most.

If the COVID-19 Response Fund priorities align with your values, please consider making a donation.

However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who have benefited from your giving in the past, as well as those who have had to cancel their annual fundraising events or depend heavily on public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this crucial time.



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