You can support the Ithaca Youth Bureau!

FIYB is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization // 100% of your donation is tax deductible

did you miss the ithaca alternative gift fair on dec 1? it’s not too late to support fiyb instead of buying a material gift. read below:

 What is an Alternative Gift Fair?

The Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair is a fun way to bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and accumulation of “stuff” while honoring friends and relatives with donations to causes that fit their values.

What’s more, the Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair provides critical support for a diverse collection of community organizations whose work has local, national, and international reach.

We learned about the concept of an Alternative Gift Fair from the New Dream (formerly known as the Center for a New American Dream). Here are a couple of handy webinars that the New Dream has offered:

Alternative gifts prioritize meaning over materials, in lieu of spending money on items which your friends and family may not need. So instead of a wrapped package of “stuff,” you will have a card which states something like “Seasons’ Greetings! In your honor, I have donated 3 children’s books to XYZ organization’s library.” Gifts in the past have ranged from $5 to give a compact fluorescent light bulb to a local, rural household; $10 for a week of school, clothing and two meals a day for an orphan in Zambia; to $100 for a “Golden Opportunity” scholarship fund to help students remain successful in area schools.

choose a “gift” (review five offerings below or by clicking here. then contribute to fiyb by check or credit! we’ll make sure your support is designated as you wish, and we’ll send you a “gift card” so you can send to the recipient on your holiday list!

Gifts can be made in your honor to ….

*support year-round instructional and recreational programs for local children and adults with disabilities through the Ithaca Youth Bureau's Recreation Support Services.

*support the Ithaca Youth Bureau's scholarship fund to keep recreation and enrichment programs accessible for all families in our community.

*help fund improvements to the Cass Park Arena for activities during ice and non-ice seasons.

*add your name to the Ithaca Youth Bureau's Community Mentoring Challenge to provide mentors to young people through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, College Discovery and the Paul Schreurs Memorial Program.

*to help provide educational materials and supplies for Tot Spot, the Ithaca Youth Bureau's early childhood program.

Donate to our Annual Fund

Every year we surpass our Annual Campaign goals to allocate more money to the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Help support our mission to raise community awareness of and secure financial support for the services and programs of the Ithaca Youth Bureau -- donate to our annual campaign!

Click here to donate to our annual fund

Designate a gift

Are you interested in designating a gift to a specific program or on behalf of a cherished loved one or mentor? Consider designating a gift using the button below and the FIYB will direct the funds to the program or in the name of the person of your choice!

Click Here to Designate a Gift

Donate to the Cass Park Campaign

Thanks to the City of Ithaca, the arena roof renovation and lighting installation occurred in Spring 2016. Community support is essential for the next important capital project -- an enclosed glass structure maintaining Cass' traditional appearance while improving conditions for users and spectators! Donate now so it could happen as soon as 2018!


Click here to Donate to the Cass Park Campaign

Donate by mail:

Friends of Ithaca Youth Bureau

PO Box 4198

Ithaca, NY 14852