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Step #1:
Choose the amount you’d like to give (large or small) and the way you’d like to give it (all at once or throughout the year).

Step #2:
Choose which fund at the Foundation would be most personally meaningful to you. Whether you prefer unrestricted or targeted giving, hands-on or hassle-free follow-up, the choice is yours. And if you can’t find a perfect fit among our existing funds, we’ll create a customized one just for you! Just call us at 607-772-6773 if you have any questions.

Step #3:
Relax – because the Foundation not only effectively administers, invests, and stewards your precious dollars; it also verifies that the charitable intent of your donation is fully carried out through thoughtful and directed grant-making.

Step #4:
Receive updates on the impact of your giving as seldom or frequently as you wish, as you watch your donation improve the quality of life across our region and for future generations.

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A Loving Legacy

    Dona Davey was an animal lover who rescued a number of horses, giving them a home on her farm in Chenango County. After her death in 2020, the Community Foundation learned that Davey had left us a significant bequest to create a fund for animal welfare.
    Launched with approximately $1.02 million, the new Forget Me Not Fund will make grants to support four kinds of initiatives: education programs for the care of small and large domestic animals, offered through schools or animal welfare groups; spay-neuter and health care services for rescued animals in emergency situations; wildlife preservation programs; and charitable organizations that promote animal welfare and follow humane guidelines.
    The Community Foundation receives many grant requests from animal welfare programs, large and small. The need grew especially intense in the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, when people who were ill could no longer care for their animals, or people died and their animals had no one else to take them in. The flood of surrenders stretched the shelters’ already-tight budgets.
    “We were making those grants in our various competitive grant cycles,” said Diane Brown, executive director of the Community Foundation. “Now we can shift those grants to the Forget Me Not Fund, allowing us to meet other needs with other funds. We’re very grateful to Dona for thinking of us and trusting us with her legacy.”