Since 1945, the Legacy Foundation (and its predecessor organizations) has played an important role supporting the delivery of valuable services in Tompkins County. In small and large ways, and with public announcements, as well as quietly behind the scenes, the Legacy Foundation has helped power our community's diverse and expanding quality of life.

The organizing goals established by the founders continue to motivate and frame the current, and all-volunteer, board's work. Thanks in part to the board's generous contributions, the Legacy Foundation operates efficiently on a very small administrative budget. The board places a high priority on cost-effective operations. In maintaining this core value from our founders, we believe value is being added to all gifts that are received and reinvested across the community.

I am happy to report that the Legacy Foundation's engagement and investments in the quality of life locally continues to grow, and last year the Foundation awarded $254,100 to 41 non-profit organizations. For this, we thank the community members who made the choice to support our community through the Legacy Foundation.

To our supporters, I again offer thanks on behalf of the Foundation. To the service providers who daily help build a stronger community, thank you. The Legacy Foundation will continue to be a part of the positive threads running through our neighborhoods and region. My continuing thanks are extended to my fellow directors for their service and support. I encourage all to consider including the Legacy Foundation in your annual charitable giving and personal estate planning.

And finally, I would like to thank our recently retired directors, Larry Baum, James Brown, Mary Kane and Sean Whittaker, for their years of service on the Legacy's board. James had served since 2000, Larry since 2003, and Mary and Sean since 2009.

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