Cortland Memorial Foundation

Established in 1978, the Cortland Memorial Foundation (CMF) exists to support Guthrie Cortland Medical Center's effort to continually expand services, develop new programs, and bring leading-edge medical technology and treatments to our community. Through the generous support of our donors, the Foundation works to guarantee quality health care remains close to home, right here in Cortland.

The Foundation supports the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center as an independent organization with a separate board of directors. CMF is a tax-exempt corporation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Ways to Give

Cortland Memorial Foundation helps Guthrie Cortland Medical Center raise funds in several key ways each year.

  • Special Events
    Throughout the year, the Foundation hosts fundraising events that support its work, including the Golf Classic, Higgins Society events, and Harvest of Gold gala. Visit this page for event updates and sponsorship opportunities.
  • The Grateful Patient Program
    This program provides our patients with the opportunity to say thank you to the caregivers and staff who made a difference when they were needed the most.
  • The Higgins Society
    As one of Cortland Hospital's first physicians in 1891, Dr. Francis W. Higgins was there to volunteer his medical services to the community from the first day we opened our doors. The Higgins Society was established in tribute to clinical excellence, compassion, and volunteerism that three generations of Higgins family physicians have brought to our community since then. Annual membership levels begin at $250.
  • Planned Giving through the Charles Gibson Legacy Society
    Members of the Charles Gibson Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to the Cortland Memorial Foundation (CMF) through a very special and important form of financial support - planned giving.

For more information about giving opportunities, contact the Cortland Memorial Foundation by phone at 607-756-3757 or by email at

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