Initiatives, Trainings and Programs
The Community Foundation plays an active role in the growth of our region, not only through financial support, but also by developing initiatives, trainings and programs to fill specific needs in the communities we serve.
Besides providing funds for agencies and projects in the community, we work with other non-profits, through creative and innovative initiatives, to fill gaps identified within our region. We pull together resources, add our skills and others and work with regional agencies to bring about social change.
Below are three initiatives we have supported in our community. We are always looking for new ways to serve the Elmira-Corning and Finger Lakes region, If you see a need in our community and want to discuss ways to develop solutions, contact us!
It's no secret that we are losing our young professionals due to the student loan debt crisis. While the definition of a young professional can vary, generally they are characterized as highly entrepreneurial, civic-minded people between the ages of 21 and 40 with a college degree. And, they're more economically important than you might guess.
That's why the Community Foundation created Smart Works. If you are a graduate with a four-year degree or higher and student-debt, the Community Foundation will reward your volunteerism and professional investment in the Southern Tier with a monthly student loan payment program called Smart Works. The intent is to ease young professional's financial burden by making monthly student loan payments to a lender, thereby having more money to invest locally as well as have the power to reach your personal and financial goals faster than ever.
Smart Works is a student-debt repayment program for young professionals living and working in the Southern Tier. If selected for enrollment in Smart Works, participants will receive a $7,200 annual and renewable benefit for up to ten years in the form of monthly student loan payments (up to $600) paid directly to lender(s).
- Must live and work in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and/or Yates County.
- Live in a household with income no greater than $96,000
- Must have a four-year degree or higher.
- Must pass a credit and criminal background check.
- Participants must provide at least 4 hours of monthly meaningful volunteer service to the local non-profit of their choosing.
- Enrollment requires that you attend at least four quarterly meetings focused on reaching your budgeting goals and guiding your volunteering efforts. Enrollment in Smart Works does not free the candidate from any tax burdens at the end of the year.
when to apply
Applications will be accepted year-round. Please note that applications accepted during 2017 are for the pilot program launch of Smart Works. The pilot program has an extremely limited number of spots available.
how to apply
The Community Foundation accepts Smart Works applications through an online application system, Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager.
The first step will be to create a new profile. The first set of questions will be about the current organization/business you work for. There will also be a set of questions asking about the Executive Director or Current Supervisor of where you are currently employed. These questions will help us to determine your place of employment. Once you've completed your profile, you will then be able to select the Smart Works opportunity and complete your application.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 607-739-3900.
Chemung County School Readiness Project
We partnered with Chemung County, local experts in the field of early care and education and area school districts (Elmira, Horseheads, Elmira Heights) to create the School Readiness Project (SRP). The goal of the program, to increase the number of children arriving prepared for kindergarten academically and socially and physically ready to learn. Launched in 2006, SRP has been comprehensively meeting the needs of Chemung County’s children, birth to five years old. This grass-roots effort aims to improve the children’s overall well-being and readiness for school, measured by a range of academic, cognitive, social, emotional, health and physical indicators.
To address the need for strong leadership in non-profits, and in conjunction with Savannah Consulting, we offer the Women Leaders Launchpad initiative to support women. An immersive and intensive exploration of self-awareness and transformative leadership, this program welcomes middle/senior managers and emerging leaders in non-profit organizations who want to change the trajectory of their lives and careers, and their organizations’ effectiveness.
• Self-knowledge, the basis of leadership
• Influencing skills and methods
• Strategic thinking and creative problem solving
• Work/life/energy balance and stress reduction
• Networking and bonding with other NPO professionals
Look for upcoming Women Leaders Launchpad trainings on our events calendar.
We want the best for our community. To help achieve this goal, we offer comprehensive trainings and presentations to help nonprofit board and staff members become more effective in their roles.
We offer several types of programs, including:
- A Funder’s Quick Guide to Grant Writing
- Behind the Scenes at the Community Foundation
- Planned Giving 101
- Creating a Comprehensive Fund Development Plan
- Communication Essentials for Effective Fundraising
See our calendar for Upcoming Events
We understand that without the right skills, even the best idea can flounder. With that in mind, we develop, or help you develop, training sessions to educate your organization on the skills necessary to bring your ideas to fruition. Our knowledgeable staff teaches many training sessions, but if we can’t offer the training you need, we will take the time to find the appropriate local experts to help you succeed.