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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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  • Celebrating ADVANS 3 Participants
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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 »

    Celebrating ADVANS 3 Participants

    Words like “transform,” “revamp” and “phenomenal” were heard on June 18th at the ADVANS 3 graduation. ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Value and Assets of Nonprofits in Syracuse) is our signature capacity building initiative. Learn More »

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  • Rosamond Gifford (1873-1953)

    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 »

    Sixty. $42,401,949. Six.

    Sixty years ago, on June 23, 1954, we incorporated as the Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation. Learn about our past giving and our future thinking, and how we plan to celebrate all year long. Learn More »

  • A “What if…” story: artistically talented youth prepare for college.
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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 “What if…” story: artistically talented youth prepare for college.

    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. Learn More »

  • Celebrating Gifford grantees and Kathy Goldfarb-Findling
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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 »

    Celebrating Gifford grantees and Kathy Goldfarb-Findling

    At the November 13 Kathy Awards we invited three organizations to celebrate their support from the Foundation during the tenure of Kathy Goldfarb-Findling, our late executive director. Representatives from Onondaga Earth Corps, Dance Theatre of Syracuse and Baltimore Woods shared their organizational challenges and successes over the past ten years. Learn More »

  • Math & Movement Makes the Grade
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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 »

    Math & Movement Makes the Grade

    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. Learn More »

  • Onondaga Earth Corps Helps “Green” Syracuse
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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 »

    Onondaga Earth Corps Helps “Green” Syracuse

    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. Learn More »

  • Butternut Community Police Center
  • Butternut Community Police Center

    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 »

    Butternut Community Police Center

    In 2012 Gifford provided a “What if…” mini-grant to the Butternut Community Police Center to enable them to hold their first annual fundraising gala – the first steps for the organization to build their budget. Learn More »

  • CanTeen Center
  • Building the deck at the CanTeen Center

    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 »

    CanTeen Center

    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!” Learn More »

  • Gracias to Gifford
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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 »

    Gracias to Gifford

    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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  • Driving Books Home
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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 »

    Driving Books Home

    The Driving Books Home program is a collaboration amongst several Oswego NY organizations to provide a summer bookmobile. Learn More »

  • Oneida Community Mansion House
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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 »

    Oneida Community Mansion House

    A grant of $13,730 provided OCMH with computers, a color printer and video screening equipment. Now their data is safe and staff time is used more efficiently. Learn More »

    New Online Grants Management System

    New Online Grants Management System!

    foundant-logo 2We are Excited to share our new system with everyone!  We invite current grantees and grant seekers to take a look around Foundant

    Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

    Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

    Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders “Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders,” an 8-week leadership development course offered by a partnership of local foundations and association, starts Sept. 23.

    We did the Ice Bucket Challenge!!

    We did the Ice Bucket Challenge!!

    We did the Ice Bucket Challenge!! The Foundation staff did the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise attention and funds for ALS research. Join us in the upcoming Walk to Defeat ALS in memory of Kathy Goldfarb-Findling, our former executive director.

    Films about Community, Chosen by Community

    Films about Community, Chosen by Community

    Films about Community, Chosen by Community Urban food opportunities, young New Americans and the future of our cities are the subject of free films shown this fall in the “What if…” Film Series at Art Rage Gallery.

    Celebrating ADVANS 3 Participants

    Celebrating ADVANS 3 Participants

    Celebrating ADVANS 3 Participants Words like “transform,” “revamp” and “phenomenal” were heard on June 18th at the ADVANS 3 graduation. ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Value and Assets of Nonprofits in Syracuse) is our signature capacity building initiative.

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