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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 »

  • As a result of their three years in our capacity building initiative ADVANS the Spanish Action League (La Liga) transformed from a struggling agency to a strong institution with sustainable income streams and a more robust staff and infrastructure.
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  • When participants at the CanTeen first saw the new deck the afternoon of the first day of school, they couldn't wait to hold their first Teen Council meeting outdoors and utilize their grill on the deck, "just like a normal, everyday home would have!"   <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/canteen-center/">Learn More »</a>
  • The Onondaga Earth Corps is an example of how a small program grant can evolve into a significant community benefit. Since its inception in 2004 the OEC has been empowering youth to be active participants in creating positive change for their communities and the environment -  in the process planting, distributing and caring for over 2,000 trees.  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/onondaga-earth-corps-helps-green-syracuse-3/">Learn More »</a>
  • After overcoming a childhood difficulty with math and earning a degree in statistics, Suzy Koontz created Math & Movement, which harnesses children's natural love of movement and creative imagination to master basic math concepts. Gifford was glad to grant $7,000 to help pilot the program at Long Branch Elementary school.  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/math-movement-makes-the-grade/">Learn More »</a>
  • The Talent Agency's “What If…” Mini Grant project is a perfect example of what these small, nimble grants can achieve.  Two art professors help artistic youth to prepare for college and career. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/a-what-if-story-artistically-talented-youth-prepare-for-college/">Learn More »</a>
  • Ruthnie Angrand's poem "Lead" shines a light on giving and community. Commissioned by the Allyn & Gifford Foundations in honor of their 60 years, it was performed for the first time November 6, 2014. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/lead-a-poem-about-giving/">Learn More »</a>
  • A $20,000 grant made to Clear Path for Veterans provides an excellent example of an infrastructure improvement that expands not only organizational capacity, but also enables individuals to grow and prosper.  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/forging-a-clear-path-for-veterans/">Learn More »</a>
  • Helping communities and organizations grow - and having fun while doing it! View the new videos on Gifford's history and approach. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/videos-celebrating-gifford-history-approach/">Learn More »</a>
  • 25 Community Grants. 21 “What If…” Mini Grants. Six new ADVANS organizations. And 60 years in existence. As Gifford kicks off 2015 we are taking a look back at what a special year 2014 was. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/2014-a-year-to-celebrate/">Learn More »</a>
For Grant seekers

For Grant Seekers

foundant-logo 2 If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Gifford Foundation please check out our new online grants management system, Foundant.

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders Spring Training

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders Spring Training

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders Spring Training DEADLINE NOW CLOSED for the Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders course starting April 14th. Keep posted for updates as this year's class embarks on training!

"What if..." Film Series: New Partnerships, New Locations

"What if..." Film Series: New Partnerships, New Locations

The What if... Film Series began 5 years ago with a film highlighting community activist/artist Lily Yeh. Now there's a documentary focusing on this amazing woman. Free screenings in May!

2014: A Year to Celebrate

2014: A Year to Celebrate

2014: A Year to Celebrate 25 Community Grants. 21 “What If…” Mini Grants. Six new ADVANS organizations. And 60 years in existence. As Gifford kicks off 2015 we are taking a look back at what a special year 2014 was.

Change the Story, Change the World: Andy Goodman in Syracuse

Change the Story, Change the World: Andy Goodman in Syracuse

Change the Story, Change the World: Andy Goodman in Syracuse RSVP DEADLINE APRIL 17. Don't miss out - workshop over 75% filled. On May 5 Andy Goodman, internationally recognized expert on storytelling, presents free workshop for CNY nonprofits.

@GiffordCNY on Twitter

  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterHonored to be co-emceeing (with Sean Haley) the Hopeprint fundraiser. Incredible food and entertainment.
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterSheena, you are a daily inspiration to all of us, and now everyone else knows it too! link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterCongratulations on a successful dinner Celebrating Inclusion and Achieving Independence, Arise!