The Sophie Fund

The Sophie Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable corporation established to support mental health initiatives aiding young people in greater Ithaca and Tompkins County. It supports programs and projects; raises awareness and fights the stigma around mental illness and treatment; advances a “zero suicide” ethos in the community; and serves as a community advocate for young people struggling with mental illness.

The Sophie Fund works closely with local government authorities, nonprofit agencies, university administrators, youth organizations, and mental health specialists in efforts aimed at achieving tangible results. Through a fund set up at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County in April 2016, The Sophie Fund provides financial grants to organizations.

The New York State Office of Mental Health honored The Sophie Fund with a 2018 Excellence in Suicide Prevention award for its mental health advocacy work in Tompkins County. The Sophie Fund received the state’s Journey of Healing Award for “exemplary advocacy by a Suicide Attempt or Suicide Loss Survivor” during the New York State Suicide Prevention Conference in Albany.

Community Advisory Group

The Sophie Fund Strategic Plan 2017

The Sophie Fund Fact Sheet (October 2017)

Brief Guide to Student Mental Health Advocacy (2019)

Brief Guide to Bullying Prevention (2019)

Brief Guide to the Zero Suicide Model (2019)

The Sophie Fund Newsletters (Download PDFs)












Our Grants

Our Donors

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