The Sophie Fund’s 2017 Campaign

Please consider making a donation today to advance The Sophie Fund’s work on mental health initiatives for young people in the Ithaca–Tompkins County community.

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We are working with state, county, and city officials, local mental health agencies, student groups, and college administrators to help our young people with mental disorders live safe and fulfilling lives.

Among our projects so far:

  • Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest to raise awareness and funds for mental health initiatives
  • The Watershed Declaration by 18 organizations, pledging to intensify local suicide prevention efforts
  • Launch of Tompkins County Suicide Prevention Coalition by more than 40 local leaders
  • Campaign to bring Zero Suicide Initiative to Tompkins County
  • The Sophie Fund Author Series: “Readings on Mental Health,” at Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca
  • “Life Coach” initiative to provide local resources and support to college students on mental health leaves of absence

100% of donated monies go directly to local

non-profit organizations supporting mental health

To make a donation today, click here to be directed to The Sophie Fund donation page at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Thank You!

The Sophie Fund’s Advisory Group

The Sophie Fund is proud to announce the formation of its Community Advisory Group, consisting of four individuals with strong experience in health services, civil society, social advocacy, and college campus life in the Greater Ithaca area.

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The Sophie Fund was established in April 2016 in memory of Sophie Hack MacLeod, a Cornell University art student who succumbed to her battle with depression in Ithaca on March 26, 2016. The focus for the fund’s work is supporting mental health initiatives aiding young people.

The members of the Community Advisory Group, which will provide guidance for The Sophie Fund’s financial grants and advocacy initiatives, are:

David Evelyn, MD, is vice president for Medical Affairs at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. He previously served as vice president for Medical Affairs at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, New York. He earned his medical degree from the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and a master of public health degree from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Association of Family Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, and the Statewide Steering Committee on Quality Initiatives of the Healthcare Association of New York State.

Aliana Heffernan is a New York City-based marketing associate for Condeco Software, an international workspace technology company, and a freelance writer and social media consultant. She is the Class of 2014 Facebook manager for the Cornell Alumni Association, a member of the NYC Cornellians Board, and a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador.

James (“Jim”) Johnston served for 40 years as president and chief executive officer of Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca, which supports, promotes, and strengthens the wellbeing of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services with a particular sensitivity toward the needs of children.

Nicole LaFave is the program coordinator for Community Service and Leadership Development at the Cornell University Public Service Center. She is a member of the Ithaca Board of Education and the Ithaca City Community Police Review Board. She holds a BA degree from Ithaca College in Sociology with a concentration in juvenile criminal studies and race and ethnic relations.

The Sophie Fund’s mission is to make a tangible impact on the wellbeing of young people facing mental health challenges in the Greater Ithaca community, by providing funding for effective initiatives, being a catalyst to raise awareness about mental health, and supporting suicide prevention efforts.

The Sophie Fund is a donor-advised fund within the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. Established in 2000, the foundation is led by Chief Executive Officer George Ferrari, Jr. The foundation is home to 95 funds supporting a broad range of organizations in the areas of education, environment, arts and culture, health and human services, and community building. Sophie’s parents, Scott MacLeod and Susan Hack, serve as the fund’s donor advisors.

Ithaca’s Cupcake Bake Off!

The 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest will be held in the Ithaca Commons on Saturday October 15. Contestants of all ages will seek to impress a panel of VIP judges with their tastiest creations, which will be eligible for numerous awards including a Grand Prize with a $250 value.

The contest is organized by The Sophie Fund, which was established earlier this year in memory of Cornell University art student Sophie Hack MacLeod. The Sophie Fund works under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County to support suicide prevention and other mental health initiatives aiding young people in the Ithaca community.

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The 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest is sponsored by the GreenStar Cooperative Market and supported by Cornell Minds Matter and Active Minds of Ithaca College.

To enter the cupcake contest, entrants are invited to bring their submissions to the Bernie Milton Pavilion in the Ithaca Commons from 10–11:30 a.m. on Saturday October 15. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a ceremony in the Pavilion later the same day at 3 p.m.

For more information on how to enter the 1st Annual Ithaca Cupcake Baking Contest, go to www.thesophiefund.org to download the Registration Form and Procedures and Rules.

 

Happy Birthday, Sophie

Today would have been Sophie’s 24th birthday. Here’s a photo of Sophie on her 18th birthday, a newly minted Cornell freshman outside her Risley Hall dorm.

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This is an occasion for us to thank the nearly 100 people who have made generous donations to The Sophie Fund. We have spent the past few months meeting local mental health care providers and organizations to learn about their programs. The Sophie Fund looks forward to working closely with all of them and supporting initiatives aiding young people in the greater Ithaca community.

We’d also like to thank the Community Foundation of Tompkins County for its invaluable support for The Sophie Fund.

If you happen to be dining today at any of Sophie’s favorite eateries in Ithaca (that’s just about all of them!) raise a glass to her.

First Steps for The Sophie Fund

The Sophie Fund is off to a heartening start. Nearly 100 donations arrived—from within the Ithaca community and from people all over the world—in just the first two weeks of the fund’s existence.

Our very deep thanks for your thoughtful and generous contributions. The Sophie Fund also thanks George Ferrari, Amy LeViere, and everyone at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County for their tremendous efforts on the fund’s behalf.

Posters announcing The Sophie Fund are going up all over Ithaca.

Please help us spread the word so The Sophie Fund can better support mental health issues in the greater Ithaca community.

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At the Ithaca Farmer’s Market

 

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At the GreenStar Natural Foods Market

 

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At the Tompkins County Public Library