Community Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary

"40 Grants in 40 Weeks" project will commemorate 40 years in the Elmira-Corning and Finger Lakes communities.

Elmira, NY, December 10, 2011 --( The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012. As part of a year-long celebration, the Community Foundation will be launching a campaign called, 40 Grants in 40 Weeks. The campaign will run from January 2012 through October 2012 culminating in a gala event at the end of October. 40 Grants in 40 Weeks will run for forty weeks with the foundation awarding a surprise “grant of the week” to a not-for-profit organization serving the citizens of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben or Yates counties. Forty organizations, nominated by a mix of foundation board members, staff, high school students, local youth centers and the general community will each receive a $1,000 grant check.

The project can be tracked on the official Community Foundation Facebook page and on the organization's Tumblr blog. Their media partner, WETM-TV will air a video presentation of the grant of the week beginning in January.

The Corning Community Foundation was established in 1972 shortly after Hurricane Agnes hit the Southern Tier. A little over ten years later, the Chemung County Area Community Foundation was born. The two organizations officially merged later in 1993 establishing the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

The Community Foundation of Elmira Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. connects diverse donors with unmet community needs. Contributions to the organization’s varied funds may be made to Community Foundation, 307B East Water Street, Elmira, NY 14901.

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Sara Palmer