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Over our 76-year history donors like you have generously given to the Legacy Foundation allowing us to support important local organizations that are critical to our quality of life in Tompkins County. Legacy receives more grant requests each year than the endowment can currently support. That is why your gift is so important. Your gift helps to ensure that Tompkins County continues to be a wonderful place to live for our residents now, and for future generations to come.  All giving supports the growth of the endowment. All gifts are tax-deductible in accordance with the most current tax laws.


Gifts can be made in the form of check or marketable securities. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Legacy Foundation, P.O. Box 97, Ithaca NY 14851.


One-time significant giving or Special Gifts are welcomed and greatly appreciated. As they increase the endowment, they increase the foundation’s ability to better respond to critical needs within our community. These gifts can be in the form of a check or marketable securities. Any Special Gift of $50,000 or more may be used to create a named fund within the endowment that that honors an individual. Gifts of real property are also welcome but also must be approved by the board.


Throughout the years Legacy has received many planned gifts, helping to grow the general endowment to almost $3.75M. Because of this thoughtful generosity by our community, Legacy can award over $200,000 to worthy organizations each year. Your planned gift to Legacy will help us enrich our community for years to come. Some possible planned giving options are:

  • Bequest – name the Legacy Foundation in your will or estate planning
  • Charitable Trust – name the foundation as the beneficiary of the income or the remainder
  • Life Insurance, Retirement Assets, or Investment Accounts – name the Legacy Foundation as the beneficiary on all or a portion

For all planned giving arrangements, we encourage you to speak with your financial advisor.

For more information on making a gift to Legacy please contact: Perri LoPinto at: 607.319.0164 or email her at d[email protected]

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