Welcome to Cortland Community Foundation

"You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give." Winston Churchill


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Our Projects

Giving is a personal matter. You need to give where your heart is, to those who matter most to you. By including the Cortland Community Foundation in your donations, you will be sure that your gifts will benefit local, well deserving not-for-profit organizations.

Also, we have Donor Advised Accounts that let you indicate more specifically where you want your contributions to go to help out.

Please browse our web site, see how the Cortland Community Foundation can help you help others. Then call or e-mail us for a confidential discussion of your plans and ideas.

The Cortland Community Foundation has allocated over $1,000,000 to more than 65 different local agencies since its inception. If you would like to make a difference in YOUR community, contact us today!

National Philanthropy Day November 15, 2014

In Celebration of National Philanthopy Day November 15, the Cortland Community Foundation offered the community a chance to help their favorite charities win a grant from $2,000 to $10,000. The community responded with over $195,000 in donations to 30 different local charities.

Highest Total Dollar Amount

1st Place - $10,000, Awarded to Cortland Repertory Theatre with $45,414.57 in donations received.

2nd Place - $5,000, Awarded to Lime Hollow with $39,740.00 in donations received.

3rd Place - $2,500, Awarded to YWCA of Cortland with $18,876.77 in donations received.

Most Individual Donations Received

1st Place - $7,000, Awarded to Cortland County Historical Society with 48 donations received.

2nd Place - $3,500, Awarded to CNY Living History Center with 42 donations received.

3rd Place - $2,000, Awarded to United Presbyterian Church with 40 donations received.

Thank you for your support!



We are a charter non-profit member of Leave a Legacy Cortland County and a member of Council on Foundations.