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About Community Foundation
of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

The Community Foundation is that small group of people. We operate with the understanding that we can make a big difference in the world—one gift at a time. With over 40 years of grant-giving experience, we are committed to the future of the community. We find creative ways to support the growth and development of our community by forging lasting relationships with, and between, donors, advisors, leaders, and non-profits in the region.

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization classified as a publicly supported 501(c) (3) charity under the Internal Revenue Code. We are governed by a community-based, volunteer board of directors and administered by professional staff. We serve the counties of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates in the Southern Tier of New York State.

What Is a Community Foundation?

A community foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, publicly supported, philanthropic institution composed of permanent funds established by separate donors for a defined geographic area. Community foundations provide an array of services to donors who wish to establish endowed and non-endowed funds without incurring the administrative and legal costs of starting independent foundations.  The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes Inc., does not participate in activities that would necessitate filing IRS Form 990-T.  If, however, that were to change it would be available for inspection. 

View our most recent 2015 990 Tax Form (pdf) and Audit (pdf).

Giving Priorities

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. helps individuals, families, companies and organizations to invest in the future of the Southern Tier community and its people. Formed as a public charity, we award grants to non-profit organizations whose programs make a positive impact on the needs and issues that face our community. 

We address the current needs of the community through a multiple avenue approach to correct the problems that exist and find creative solutions to avoid the problems in the future. The Community Foundation also prides itself on being the only foundation in the area that looks at the holistic needs in the community, including education, arts, infrastructure, animals, the environment and wellness.