The Foundation seeks to meet the basic needs of low income and underserved people in Tompkins County, NY and to alleviate the impacts of poverty. Priority is given to programs that serve people who are vulnerable to social and economic challenges including homelessness, food insecurity, racial inequity, poor physical and mental health outcomes, poor academic performance, school drop-out, illiteracy, and unemployment. Programs serving all ages are supported but youth populations are given higher priority.
Health & Human Services grants are directed to projects that serve low-income and underserved populations. Examples include projects that improve accessibility to child care, general health, mental health care, transportation, that provide housing and employment assistance, and that address hunger, food insecurity, violence, abuse and neglect.
Youth Services & Education grants address the needs of low income students such as projects working to reduce the drop-out rate, improve academic performance, expand opportunity, and increase literacy. Also included here are projects that address the needs of youth at-risk for homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. Grants for arts and cultural programs are focused on expanding access for low income and underserved youth.
Social Equity projects work to support racial and ethnic diversity, cross-cultural understanding, and efforts to reduce the effects of racial inequity.
Capacity Building & Philanthropy projects enhance the effectiveness of the local nonprofit sector and its leaders. Other grants include community-based grantmaking entities in Tompkins County and organizations supporting and enhancing philanthropy.
The Foundation does not support disease-specific programs. The Foundation generally does not consider capital requests.