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President's Report

The Legacy Foundation’s mission for the last 75 years has been to make a positive impact on the quality of life in our community. But the past 18 months have been like no other.  Through it all, Legacy continued this commitment – providing additional funding and working with our non-profit partners – doing our best to provide the critical assistance and addressing issues caused or exacerbated because of the pandemic. 

The Board of the Legacy Foundation remains focused on our mission, and we are grateful to our many organizations that have submitted thoughtful and data-driven proposals to address new and emerging needs. As we begin to plan for life after the pandemic, our community will continue to have opportunities to address the critical issues of hunger, poverty, racial inequity, housing, health care, quality of life, and education, just to name a few, and Legacy remains committed to supporting these efforts.  We are thrilled to have been able to award over $200,000 annually in support of these important causes.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Greg Hartz for his dedicated volunteer service to the Legacy Foundation. Greg has served on the Legacy Board for 15 years, nine years as board chair. His hard work and commitment to the work of the foundation has been transformative. We are so grateful for his service.

Thank you for your interest in the Legacy Foundation. We invite you to join our mailing list and become involved in the work of Legacy. Together we can ensure that Tompkins County remains a great place to live now and in the future.

Wishing you the best,

Mary George Opperman
Board Chair, Legacy Foundation

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