Donor Advised Fund

The Rotary Club of Ithaca Donor Advised Fund
at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County

The Rotary Club of Ithaca Fund was established in 2019 at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County with funds from the Ithaca Rotary Charitable Trust. The purpose of this donor advised fund is to support a broad range of charitable organizations and interests primarily in Tompkins County; the goals are in alignment with the Rotary motto, service above self.

The fund accepts donations to further the impact of the Rotary Club of Ithaca’s programs. You can make your donation HERE and search for Rotary Club of Ithaca Fund.

George accepting a check from Mary and June to open the fund
Photo: George Ferrari, Rotarian and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, with Mary Berens, Rotary President and June Losurdo the Immediate Past President of Rotary and Chairperson of the Ithaca Rotary Charitable Trust. (Winter 2019)

The Community Foundation of Tompkins County is dedicated to working with all people committed to local philanthropy and civic engagement as a means to enhance the quality of life for all who live in, work in, and love Tompkins County.

The mission of the Community Foundation is, to improve the quality of life in Tompkins County by inspiring and supporting enduring philanthropy.
 

History of The Rotary Club of Ithaca, New York, Charitable Trust
The Rotary Club of Ithaca Charitable Trust was established in 1980 as a fund to support charitable organizations and charitable purposes as defined by the terms used in section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and under the laws of trusts of the State of New York. In 2019 the trustees of the Rotary Club of Ithaca Charitable Trust voted unanimously to move the fund and its administration to the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. A Donor Advised Fund was established in January 2019. The current President and Past President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca serve as Fund Advisors; together with a committee of Rotary Club officers and members-at large that recommend fund disbursements that include two long established awards—the James L. Gibbs Scholarship and the James Marsh Memorial Book Award—as well as support for other community projects and organizations.

James L. Gibbs was an active African-American community leader and volunteer in Ithaca. He served as the Director of the Southside Community Center and was President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca. The Rotary Club of Ithaca established The James L. Gibbs Scholarship in his honor in 1981 to recognize a student each year who has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment toward furthering interracial understanding during their high school years and for their leadership and involvement in civic, social and school activities, initiative, academic achievement and financial need.

James Marsh was a long time Ithaca High School teacher and lacrosse coach. As a former President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca, he was actively involved in the club’s Youth Exchange Program as well as the club advisor to the Ithaca High School’s Rotaract Club. The James Marsh Memorial Book Award provides annual support for books for one year to a member of the senior class of the Ithaca High School who plans to attend college.