Cayuga Medical Center Foundation

At Cayuga Medical Center, we are deeply invested in remaining a strong, independent, locally controlled and operated health-care system. This enables us to be truly responsive to our community and to deliver the care our patients need and deserve. Comprehensive health care services also play a crucial role for local businesses and organizations to grow and thrive and attract talented newcomers. Your gift will help us sustain this vision and fulfill our mission.

Thank you for considering a donation to the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Cayuga Medical Center. Our charge is to secure, manage, and distribute gifts to support the mission of CMC and all of our facilities. By investing in the Foundation, you help address the needs of Cayuga Medical Center and those who depend on our care. Whether it is helping to cover the cost of care for people in need, enhancing facilities to allow for the most up-to-date care is available or the providing scholarship assistance that allows our staff to continue to grow their skills; your investment helps us care for our community and region.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. All of these people are volunteers with a keen interest in and passion for Cayuga Medical Center and ensuring the best care possible is available locally.

Designating your gift

You may designate your gift for our general endowment fund or toward one of our fundraising initiatives. You can also specify your gift in memory or honor of someone, or designate it to help celebrate a special anniversary or event.

Contacting us with your gift

Giving is easy! Here are the ways to contact us with your gift:

  • Day or night, just click on this link to make a secure gift on line. Your information is carefully protected and the form takes just a few moments to fill out.
  • Would you prefer to speak with someone in person? You are welcome to call Steve Savage, Executive Director of the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation at 607-274-4284.
  • If you’d like to send a check through the mail, you can send it to:

Cayuga Medical Center Foundation
101 Dates Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850

Please make the check payable to: Cayuga Medical Center Foundation.

Learn more about making a gift to Cayuga Medical Center

Giving Options

There are many options for supporting Cayuga Medical Center.

Outright cash donation: Online, by phone, or by mail, you can make an outright donation of funds.

Pledges can also be arranged on line or by contacting Steve Savage at (607) 274-4284. We are pleased to accept pledges within a three-year time frame.

Matching gifts can sometimes be arranged through your employer. The Human Resources department where you work will let you know if a matching gift is an option for you.

Appreciated securities and stocks not only provide excellent support for the hospital, but making such a gift to the Cayuga Medical Center benefits you, as well by reducing your capital gains tax or providing a charitable deduction on your income tax.

Planned Giving

If you know you’d like to help but are not sure which option is perfect for you, please call Steve Savage at 607-274-4284. He will be happy to talk with you. You will also want to discuss your choice with your lawyer or tax accountant to make sure your arrangements are in good order. Deductibility varies in percentage among different kinds of gifts. Some of the options for planned giving follow:

Charitable remainder annuity trust: Under this plan, the donor places in trust a certain quantity of assets, and payments are made to the donor or beneficiary at an agreed-on rate and schedule throughout the donor and beneficiary’s lifetime(s). At the end of the beneficiary period, the assets are transferred to the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation. This plan allows the donor to take a tax deduction in the year that the trust is established.

Charitable remainder unitrust: This arrangement follows the basic blueprint of a charitable remainder annuity trust; however, rather than pay a fixed amount of income to the donor, the grantee pays an agreed-upon percentage of the assets’ yield to the donor. Additionally, the donor may, if she or he chooses, increase the funding base with additional assets over time.

Revocable living trust: Under a revocable living trust, the grantor transfers the legal ownership of the assets concerned to the trust. This arrangement differs from that of an irrevocable trust in that the grantor may amend the terms of or discontinue the trust at any time.

Celebrating Others Through Your Gift

The Cayuga Medical Center is always glad to be a part of paying tribute to a special person or people or a celebrated event. If you make a gift in honor of a person, the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation will be pleased to send a notice to the honoree. Of course, the specific amount of the gift will be held in confidence.

Another way to pay tribute is by including in an obituary the suggestion that honorific donations be made to the medical center. (“Gifts in honor of [name] may be made to the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, 101 Dates, Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850”)

The name of the honoree will be displayed in our annual report if so desired. Naming opportunities exist for substantial gifts of support.

Choosing the Path for Your Gift

Who chooses the way your money will be spent? You do. You may designate your gift for our general endowment fund or toward one of our fundraising initiatives. You can read about our current initiatives or call CMC Foundation executive director Steve Savage at 607-274-4284 for more information.

Interested in Giving Your Time, Effort, and Spirit As Well?

We have over 200 volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center, and they bring light and life to our hospital. Their welcoming faces brighten the atmosphere of many hospital departments, as well as our Gift Shop on the first floor. Learn more about the ways in which you can participate.

Foundation Board of Directors

Jennifer Whittaker, NP President
Brian Wilbur, Vice President
Kimberly Sharpe, RN, Secretary
Jerry Mickelson,Treasurer
Julie Crowley
Thomas Evans
Markeisha Miner
Richard Moran
Andy Sciarabba

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About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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