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Through initiatives, grantmaking and neighborhood engagement the Gifford Foundation strengthens community assets in order to improve the quality of life for the residents of Central New York.
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Through initiatives, grantmaking and neighborhood engagement the Gifford Foundation strengthens community assets in order to improve the quality of life for the residents of Central New York. Learn More »

  • A ramped up communications strategy leads to a robust online presence - and more volunteers, visits and enthusiasm for Finger Lakes Land Trust.  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/finger-lakes-land-trust-grows-online-presence/">Learn More »</a>
  • On a late afternoon a few weeks ago, Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s Northside was hopping. Children of all ages played on the playground as parents watched, basketball players shot hoops, and some kids delighted in playing with the fountain. Learn how a "What if..." mini grant helped. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/flags-legos-and-warm-summer-evenings/">Learn More »</a>
  • We have a new group of nonprofits for our capacity building initiative POWER (People & Organizations With Energy & Resilience.) The program is designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. Six nonprofits will be working for a year to increase their strength and operating capacity. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/six-nonprofits-embark-upon-year-long-capacity-building-program/">Learn More »</a>
  • A $20,000 grant towards gift shop renovations helped the MOST grow. A more efficient use of space, a stronger dedicated stream of income as well as enhanced opportunities for community and educational engagement combine to fulfill the organizational mission and sustain its operations.  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/from-cramped-quarters-to-increased-income/">Learn More »</a>
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Growing Stories in our Community

Growing Stories in our Community

Growing Stories in our Community There were words. And pictures. And video. And laughter. And singing. There were stories. Eleven nonprofits capped off six months of workshops and coaching in the art of telling their story with a fun celebration. Learn what happened at "Growing Stories in our Community."

Congratulations Gifford Grantees

Congratulations Gifford Grantees

Congratulations Gifford Grantees Every month we congratulate our Gifford grantees, with a brief description of the project and the initiative and/or focus area. Read about our newest community and "What If..." minigrants.

Growing POWERfully

Growing POWERfully

Growing POWERfully New technology that led to stability and growth. Changed procedures and practices that strengthened staff and boards. Honest sharing among peers in order to confront fears. And helpful consultants asking ”really incisive and probing questions.” We check in with the initial POWER cohort, one year later.

Melissa Spicer Honored with "The Kathy"

Melissa Spicer Honored with "The Kathy"

Melissa Spicer Honored with Melissa Spicer from Clear Path for Veterans is the 2016 recipient of the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award! Learn more about the award and Melissa.

@GiffordCNY on Twitter

  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterRT @GiffordCNY: We ended the year on a high note with eight community and "What if..." mini grants being awarded in December! We... https:…
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterSince 2010 this film series has sparked community conversations & change. Have a cause or inspiration you want to... link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterSouthside Interfaith CDC never gave up on the Farm Fresh Mobile Market over the years, and now look at their new... link