12:00 PM12:00

King -Rockwell Scholars Luncheon

The King-Rockwell Scholarship in memory of Joyce M. King is the largest scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.


As a current or previous recipient of the King-Rockwell Scholarship, you join the ranks of top students graduating from Chemung County High Schools with a drive for further education and a passion to contribute to our society.

To celebrate you and your achievements, we invite you to the first annual King-Rockwell Luncheon at Elmira College. 

When: Thursday, June 28th
Where:  Elmira College: Meier Hall
(A campus map will be emailed with confirmation)
TIME: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m

At the luncheon, you'll be able to connect with your peers, share stories of your successes, and learn about Joyce M. King and why her scholarship is important to our community. 

Lunch will be provided at no cost to you and one guest of your choosing. 
Additional guests will be asked to pay $15 at the door. 

Kindly RSVP to Katie no later than Wednesday June 6th with the number of guests planning to attend along with any food allergies you may have.

This is a casual event; we encourage you to wear a t-shirt from your college or high school, or the colors of your school!

RSVP: By June 6th to Katie or by calling 607-739-3900

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4:30 PM16:30

Get a B.E.E.R.

Get a BEER & Undue Nonprofit Power Dynamics Day


Please join us for the official "Get a B.E.E.R.* and Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics Day." B.E.E.R. stands for “Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships,” and does not have to be alcoholic.

This informal meetup is for funders and nonprofits to spend more time with each other. There is only one rule: there's to be no agenda - none of the pitches, check-ins and reporting on progress that characterize so many interactions.

First round is on us! Let us know you'll be attending by sending a quick email to info@communityfund.org. Cheers!

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4:00 PM16:00

6th Annual Failure Summit

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for the 6th  Failure Summit! 

The summit will showcase six local nonprofit and business leaders each sharing a professional failure. Presenters will have 15 minutes to talk about their failure and what they learned from it. Everyone present at the summit will vote for the best failure and the winner’s favorite non-profit organization will receive a $1,000 grant. 

RSVP your attendance today!
Free to attend; Snacks and drinks provided.

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6:00 PM18:00

45th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Celebrate the Community Foundation's 45th Anniversary! 

The Corning Community Foundation was established in 1972 shortly after Hurricane Agnes hit the Southern Tier. A little over ten years later, the Chemung County Area Community Foundation was born. The two organizations officially merged later in 1993 establishing the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.  

Currently, the foundation holds  $45 million in assets granting annual awards totaling $1.5 million - a majority of which remains here in the Southern Finger Lakes region promoting solutions that address our community’s greatest needs and serve the common good. 

Join us as we celebrate 45 years of philanthropy in our region at the
Community Foundation's Anniversary Gala Dinner. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

6-9 p.m. 
Corning Museum of Glass

Tickets are $75 per person

Purchase your ticket here

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5:00 PM17:00

45 Grants in 45 Hours Video Premiere

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45 Grants in 45 Hours Video Premiere!

What was 45 Grants in 45 Hours? 

This was Randi and Sara's amazing road trip throughout the Southern Tier stopping by 45 different nonprofit organizations in 45 hours to witness grants in action!With a dash-cam and video team on board from Creagent Marketing,
we captured 45 hours of fun and philanthropy. 

Join us as we celebrate the Community Foundation's 45th anniversary and our spectacularly philanthropic community!

Monday, October 30, 2017
5-7 p.m.
Clemens Center, Mandeville Hall

The premiere is free to attend and open to the community.
Hors d' hoeuvres and refreshments will be provided. 


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6:00 PM18:00

Quintus Gallery: Party with a Purpose

A courtesy bus shuttle will be provided to Quintus from Corning. 
Boarding will begin at 5:15 p.m. from the Corning Museum of Glass and depart at 5:30 p.m.

The shuttle will then board for departure from Quintus Gallery at 9:15 p.m. and return to the Corning Museum of Glass. 

Contact the Community Foundation at 607-739.3900 to reserve your seat on the shuttle. 


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8:30 AM08:30

2017 Women Leaders Launchpad Application Deadline

The Community Foundation, in conjunction with Savannah Consulting, is pleased to offer the Women Leaders Launchpad.  Women Leaders Launchpad is an immersive/intensive deep dive into self-awareness and transformative leadership for up to ten women 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
•    Presentation skills
•    Work/life/energy balance
•    Networking and bonding with other professional women

The program includes a formal workstyle/personality assessment and report (FEBI), 360-degree workplace pre-assessment, three, three-hour group workshops, and three 90-minute individual coaching sessions over a four-month period.

Led by Rhonda Morton of Savannah Consulting, Launchpad sessions will be custom-designed based on participants’ needs.  Ten participants will be chosen to attend.  Only one participant per organization.  The Community Foundation will offer partial scholarships to middle/senior managers and emerging leaders at non-profit organizations. 

Application Deadline

Submit completed application by  September 26, 2017

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6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Reading

Please join us for a Poetry Reading in Celebration of our Region.

A call for poetry was initiated last summer by the Community Foundation to help us and our community see the Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes with fresh eyes. We welcomed submissions from all current and former residents of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben or Yates County, N.Y. Poems were then selected and printed in the Community Foundation's Annual Calendar. The end result was simply beautiful and we would like to share this gift with you.

Local poets will be in attendance to read and share their inspiration for the poem. There is no cost to attend and light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.  All are welcome!

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6:00 PM18:00

First Annual WAG - Wearable Art Gala

Join us for the First Annual Wearable Art Gala. 
Hors D'Oeuvres Wine Reception

Schedule of Events:
6pm Meet the Artists
7pm Runway Show
7:30pm Introducing Shannah Warwick
8pm Best of Show for Guests (Guests are invited to wear their most artistic piece!)
8:15pm Shopping in Upper Gallery

This event is Now FREE!

This event will benefit the Schuyler County Fund at the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes. The Schuyler County Fund works to improve the lives of residents living throughout Schuyler County by making grants to nonprofits in the fields of health and human services, education and youth, and arts and culture. 

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12:00 PM12:00

Third Annual Professional Advisors Luncheon

3rd Annual Community Foundation Professional Advisors Luncheon

It's not just a lunch:
Business Dining Etiquette

featuring Diane Gottsman, National Etiquette Expert

September 20, 2016
Noon to 2:00
1 Ithaca Road, Horseheads

$35 per person (Professional Advisor/Nonprofit)
$15 per person (Student)
Register today!

Confidence in dining situations frees one to pay closer attention to business conversation. Questions about which fork to use, what to do if you have dropped your napkin, and what role you hold in a "toast" are all legitimate concerns. Knowing how to handle one's self with poise in dining situations adds to an individual's overall effectiveness when representing an organization at social and business events. 

Don't miss this interactive sessions with American's favorite etiquette expert. You may recognize her from The Today Show, Fox and Friends, The Huffington Post, or her delightful blog. 

For more information about Ms. Gottsman, visit, www.protocalschooloftexas.com. 



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8:30 AM08:30

Seneca Falls Women's History and Wine Tasting Trip

Please join us on Friday, September 16th!

Excitingly, the movement for women's equality started close by, just 40 miles north of Watkins Glen in Seneca Falls. Nestled at the top of Seneca Lake, it was there that Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with her Quaker friends and neighbors, organized the first women's rights convention in 1848. This event launched the suffrage movement on a national scale.

As someone who plays a prominent role in our community, we would like to invite you to join other local thought-leaders, philanthropists, and volunteers as we travel to Seneca Falls to learn about this crucial chapter in American history.

In 2020, there will be a series of national centennial events to mark the passing of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, and all eyes will be on Seneca Falls. Let's get to know our neighbors now, so that we can be part of planning - and enjoying - the celebration to come!

COST: $35 per person
Save your Seat here - register for the trip no later than September 9, 2016.
Detailed Itinerary found here

Seating is limited to the first 40 people, so don't wait! Talk to your friends, mark your calendar, and register right away. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Randi Hewit at 607/739-3900 or rlh@communityfund.org. I look forward to seeing you on September 16th!

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4:00 PM16:00

4th Annual Failure Summit

Join us for the Community Foundation's 4th Annual Failure Summit! 

Five local nonprofit leaders will have 15 minutes to share one of their professional failures. They'll have 5 minutes to tell us about the failure, 5 minutes to share what they've learned, and 5 minutes to take questions from the audience.  At the summit, everyone present will vote for the best failure. The winner's favorite nonprofit organization will receive a $1000 grant!

Are you interested in being one of the 6 presenters at the FAILURE SUMMIT? 5-6 presenters will be selected to present a professional failure in front of their peers.

5 min - Describe your failure
5 min - Tell us what you learned
5 min - Questions from the audience

To enter, send an email to sep@communityfund.org no later than March 1st telling us about your failure and why you should be selected.   

2015 presentations are available to view on our YouTube channel.

The event is free to attend!
Please RSVP no later than March 30, 2016 to sep@communityfund.org or 607-739-3900. 

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12:00 PM12:00

Professional Advisor Luncheon featuring Amy Florian

Wisely Guiding Clients through Aging and Dementia

Amy Florian

Amy Florian

Before a client's physical and cognitive abilities begin to fail, it is imperative that you have procedures in place to protect them and your firm. Equip yourself to fully explain the documents that all clients need in order to stay in control while they live and pass on a financial and non-financial legacy when they die. 

Find out how these documents can connect you to the next generation in positive ways. Learn the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, and how to recognize signs of diminished capacity. Finally, develop standard office protocols to implement when clients seem to be diminishing. Guide clients through all stages of life, so you can serve them and the next generation.

Read Amy Florian's full bio here. 


September 22, 2015
Noon-2:00 p.m. 
Corning Country Club
$30 includes lunch and
CFP continuing education credits

Please register no later than September 15, 2015

Register Today!

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7:00 PM19:00

Scholarship Information Nights

College is expensive… we can help!


Did you know?
In 2014, the Community Foundation awarded 127 local scholarships totaling $223,675 to local students.  

Please join us
January 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. Corning-Painted Post High School for an overview of our scholarship program.  

*For those in attendance, The Community Foundation will be holding a drawing for a $500 scholarship award. No application needed.* 

*If school is closed because of weather conditions, the event will be cancelled

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Scholarship Information Nights

College is expensive… we can help!


Did you know?
In 2014, the Community Foundation awarded 127 local scholarships totaling $223,675 to local students.  

Please join us on: 

January 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Horseheads High School or, 
January 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. Corning-Painted Post High School

for an overview of our scholarship program.  

*For those in attendance, The Community Foundation will be holding a drawing for a $500 scholarship award. No application needed.* 

*If school is closed because of weather conditions, the event will be cancelled

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12:00 PM12:00

Professional Advisor Luncheon

Advising Clients through the Toughest of Times

September 23, 2014
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Elmira Country Club

Clients increasingly want more than just investment strategies. They want advisors who understand their lives. In this positive and educational session, learn what questions to ask grieving clients, how to provide support without being intrusive or unintentionally alienating them, and the most helpful "tissue etiquette". Discover ways to handle irrational fears, how to bring humor into meetings, and tips to help clients make wise decisions in the midst of trauma. Learn practical skills you need to walk clients through their toughest times, so you provide genuine support while building life-long loyalty and enthusiastic referrals.

Join us for the Community Foundation's first Professional Advisor luncheon featuring guest presenter, Amy Florian. 




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