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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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!

In Celebration of National Philanthropy Day

The Cortland Community Foundation is again offering all Cortland County charitable organizations a chance to win a prize in one of two categories.

Highest Total Dollar Amount Most Individual Donations Received

1st Place - $10,000 1st Place - $7,000

2nd Place - $4,500 2nd Place - $3,000

3rd Place - $2,000 3rd Place - $1,500

4th Place - $1,000 4th Place - $1,000

Here’s How it Works:

1. Make donations to the Cortland Community Foundation for the benefit of your favorite 501(c) charities. Minimum $100.00 and maximum $5,000.00 donation per charity; there is no limit per donor. Donations must be received or postmarked no later than November 15th.

Donations may be mailed or delivered to:

Cortland Community Foundation
P.O. Box 466
3334 NYS Route 215
Cortland, NY 13045

2. Charities will be eligible to win one prize. The results will be tallied and posted in the Cortland Standard and on the Foundation’s website at www.cortlandcommunityfoundation.org.

Get started today and be a part of one of the biggest giving events in Cortland County. Show your favorite non-profit organization how much you appreciate what they do for our community. All donations received go directly to your charitable organization.



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