Community Foundation Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes will be hosting a year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the very first Community Foundation established in 1914.

2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of community foundations, a great idea that was started in Cleveland in 1914. To celebrate, the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes has launched a new project called 100 Classrooms. 

Staff of the Community Foundation will be visiting 100 different classrooms in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties by the end of 2014 teaching students in grades K-5 about philanthropy. Students first learn what the word philanthropy means and the kind of philanthropist they would like to be. Each classroom then brainstorms the needs they see in their communities and ends the lesson by awarding a $100 grant to the local charity of the students’ choice!

“We feel that the best way we can celebrate this milestone in community foundation history is by teaching the next generation of philanthropists how they can give back to their community. By giving back we don’t just mean donating money. Students learn about volunteering their time and talents to organizations and a community they love,” said, Randi Hewit, president. 

At the end of 2014, the Community Foundation and students from 100 classrooms will have granted $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations in Chemung, Schuyler and/or Steuben counties. Classrooms that are visited along with the grants made will be posted on the foundation’s Facebook page and on their website  

A community foundation is a tax-exempt, nonprofit, autonomous, philanthropic institution composed of permanent funds established by donors for a defined geographic area. With $40 million in assets, the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. is home to more than 170 individual charitable funds - each with a purpose that mirrors our donor's particular philanthropic goals. Our strong infrastructure, holistic view of our community, and ability to build partnerships ensure that we practice the art of effective grant-making to promoting solutions that address our community's greatest needs and serve the common good.  For over 40 years, the generosity of donors from all walks of life has made the work of the Community Foundation possible.