November 12th, 2022

Press Release: Community Foundation Celebrates Community Foundation Week


November 12, 2022

Contact: George Ferrari


Engage with the Community Foundation of Tompkins County in an Annual, Nationwide Celebration to Recognize the Local Impact of Community Foundations

2022 Community Foundations Week

ITHACA, NY, November 12 ─ The Community Foundation of Tompkins County joins in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2022, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening localities and mitigating social issues like homelessness, food insecurity, and racial justice.

“Community foundations have the reach, expertise, and relationships to address some of the most pressing issues impacting individuals and families nationwide,” said Gloria Coicou, Chief Inclusion & Community Engagement Officer. “We are more determined than ever to collaborate with you, our community and partners to deliver innovative and lasting solutions that will help us thrive.” “We are in the business of rebuilding systems, so people have what they need in order to thrive. As a community foundation, we have a responsibility to and for our community, we do this by deploying all our resources to solve problems” adds George Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer.

For more than a century, philanthropic institutions have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. For more than twenty years, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County makes it possible for residents, local businesses, and mission-aligned organizations to create permanent philanthropic resources for the current and future needs of the community from basic human needs to creating innovative solutions.

The foundation is celebrating Community Foundations Week by enhancing our outreach and engagement with social media programming, an open house, and community volunteering. We will end the week with the first-ever Community Foundation awards. Visit for more information about how to engage and celebrate with us.

Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.


About Community Foundation of Tompkins County

Community foundation of Tompkins County is an independent, public entity that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits. To date, the Community Foundation has granted more than $23.5M, reinforcing our goal of bringing people and resources together to build a more equitable Tompkins County by inspiring diverse philanthropy, catalyzing collaborations and championing inclusion and justice. As community foundations find solutions for communities large and small, urban, and rural – it is the collective work of these organizations that will have the most profound impact. Learn more at