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Community Foundation of Tompkins County

200 E. Buffalo Street Suite 202
Ithaca, New York 14850
United States

Mission

To improve the quality of life in Tompkins County by inspiring and supporting enduring philanthropy

Most Meaningful Change

Since our inception in 2000 we have granted more than $5 million and built assets of $12 million, including five amazing program supports from our grantmaking portfolio: annual grants to 33 rural libraries to increase the love of learning and reading among youth; support of a feasibility study to expand a curriculum-based cultural institutions field trip program to every student in the county; expanding the capacity of a local re-use center to generate more earned income and to increase its job training program; co-funding special training to support the next generation of executive director leadership for a more collaborative and effective future; and half-million-dollar endowments at two community centers for local meal programs.

2000 Year Founded
$631,358 Endowment Value
$962,539 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 10.30.14

Population Area Served

102,554

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation of Tompkins County
Address 1200 E. Buffalo Street Suite 202
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownIthaca
State / RegionNew York
ZIP / Postal Code14850
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone607.272.9333
Emailgferrari@cftompkins.org
Websitewww.cftompkins.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)George Ferrari, Chief Executive Officer
Primary Contact’s NameGeorge Ferrari
Primary Contact’s PositionChief Executive Officer
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2000
Mission StatementTo improve the quality of life in Tompkins County by inspiring and supporting enduring philanthropy
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced102,554
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)50
Total Board Members27
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$3,353,846
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,100,774
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$1,310,543
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$962,539
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$631,358
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsNo role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentNo role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodVery little time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentSlightly important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityNot important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationFair amount
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLittle
Human and social servicesFair amount
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLittle
ChildrenFair amount
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentNever
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentGetting much better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesDo not work in this sphere
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Other organizationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsSince our inception in 2000 we have granted more than $5 million and built assets of $12 million, including five amazing program supports from our grantmaking portfolio: annual grants to 33 rural libraries to increase the love of learning and reading among youth; support of a feasibility study to expand a curriculum-based cultural institutions field trip program to every student in the county; expanding the capacity of a local re-use center to generate more earned income and to increase its job training program; co-funding special training to support the next generation of executive director leadership for a more collaborative and effective future; and half-million-dollar endowments at two community centers for local meal programs.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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