Cortland Memorial FoundationEstablished 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.

Help us continue our legacy of compassionate care. Donate today!

Help us continue our legacy of compassionate care. Donate today!


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 Nightingale Benefit ConcertGolf 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 the 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.
  • The Nicholas Renzi Cancer Care Fund
    On September 23, 2022, the Cancer Care Fund was renamed the Nicholas Renzi Cancer Care Fund, in honor of Nicholas Renzi for his generosity, care, and support of the Renzi Cancer Center.  Dollars from the Nicholas Renzi Cancer Care Fund will be used for small equipment purchases, educational and comfort items for oncology patients, staff education, and financial assistance for cancer patients. 
  • 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, please contact Sheila Ossit, Director of the Cortland Memorial Foundation, by phone at 607-756-3757 or by email at