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Cortland Community Foundation Announces Results of 2018 Philanthropy Day

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The Cortland Community Foundation today (November 26) announced the results of this year’s National Philanthropy Day–an annual giving event in Cortland County where non-profits compete to raise money for their respective organizations.

In total, more than $368,000 was raised that will benefit 38 different local charities. This year’s Philanthropy Day raised about $10,000 more than last year.

The event itself raised over $338,000 from more than 700 individual donors and the Foundation kicked in an additional $30,000 in prize grants.

“We give out as much as $95,000 each year to various non-profits in our community that need it most,” said Tom Gallagher, President of the Cortland Community Foundation. “Still, we knew we weren’t getting to everybody, so we created a fundraising competition with $30,000 in prize grants to get more non-profits involved. ”

The $30,000 in prize money is divided as follows:

Highest Total Dollar Amount Raised:

1st Place – $10,000 prize
2nd Place – $4,500 prize
3rd Place – $2,000 prize
4th Place – $1,000 prize 

Most Individual Donations Received:

1st Place – $7,000 prize 
2nd Place – $3,000 prize
3rd Place – $1,500 prize 
4th Place – $1,000 prize

This year’s winners are:

Highest Total Dollar Amount Raised:

1st Place – $10,000 – awarded to YWCA of Cortland with $80,723.84 in donations received
2nd Place – $4,500 – awarded to Cortland Repertory Theatre with $40,560 in donations received
3rd Place – $2,000 – awarded to Lime Hollow with $33,200 in donations received
4th Place – $1,000 – awarded to YMCA with $19,205 in donations received

Most Individual Donations Received:

1st Place – $7,000 – awarded to CNY Living History Center with 115 donations received
2nd Place – $3,000 – awarded to Cortland County Historical Society with 63 donations received
3rd Place – $1,500 – awarded to Cortland Free Library (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library) with 39 donations received
4th Place – $1,000 – awarded to 1890 House Museum with 30 donations received

The Foundation was initially created as a private foundation in 1998–the result of a $2.5 million agreement between the Cortland Savings Bank and First Niagara Bank. It was then referred to as the Cortland Savings Bank Foundation.

After seven years of work towards going public, the Cortland Community Foundation finally received its designation in 2005. It now considers itself “the only public foundation responding exclusively to the needs of Cortland area organizations and the people they serve.”

Community members may choose the Foundation as part of their planned giving and investment options.

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