Guide to Giving

The way you give your gift to the Community Foundation depends on the type of impact you would like your gift to have: immediate support for the community or a lasting legacy for a cause.


Giving Now: Giving in your Lifetime

Current Giving made during your lifetime can be initiated at any time you are ready to make a contribution. You may make a donation to an existing fund or choose to make a donation to meet the area of greatest need. You can also create a fund to support your giving interests.

Community Foundation manages 200 charitable funds created by donors to support the causes that are important to them and to you. See a list of our Funds at the Community Foundation. Our funds generally fall into one of six main categories:

  • Designated Funds are ideal for donors who want to support one or more specific organizations. Non-profit groups can also establish this kind of fund as part of their fundraising strategy
  • Donor Advised Funds enable donors to contribute assets to their fund at any time and recommend grants to support groups of their choice. They are a flexible, personalized way to support nonprofit groups in Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes area or anywhere in the world.
  • Field of Interest Fund provides support to our donors’ favorite causes. Once they determine the issue(s) they want to support, the Community Foundation’s program staff identifies suitable grant recipients for their approval.
  • Scholarship Funds are designed for donors who are interested in helping students of all ages achieve their education goals.  The fund can support students who are studying a particular subject, attending a specific school, or graduating from a specific school.
  • Supporting Organizations are separate non-profit corporations that operate under the Community Foundation’s charitable umbrella. Through its own board, a supporting organization determines its own investment strategy and grant priorities.
  • Unrestricted Funds are ideal for donors who want to support the Community Foundation’s focus areas. This gives us the greatest latitude in deciding how to direct grants, based on our assessment of changing community needs.


The Cycle of Growing, Giving and Thriving 

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Join a Giving Community

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Legacy Society

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Roses Youth Philanthropists

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