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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 »

  • 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 Gifford Foundation's signature initiative is a capacity building program entitled ADVANS, or Advancing and Developing the Value and Assets of Nonprofits in Syracuse. In October the ADVANS 4 group "graduated" in a celebration at Dinosaur Barbecue. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/six-nonprofits-graduate-from-capacity-building-program/">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>
  • After our third or fourth meeting with different animal welfare organizations to discuss volunteer and other needs, we came up with the idea of bringing them all together to meet as a group. What did the seven organizations, from all around the area and of different sizes, learn from each other and what has been accomplished??  <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/highlighted-grant-bringing-together-giving-to-each/">Learn More »</a>
  • With the POWER Initiative we're helping to grow vital grassroots community organizations. With limited paid staff or none at all, they often are challenged in growing their capacity. <a href="http://www.giffordfoundation.org/power-capacity-building-initiative-for-start-ups/">Learn More »</a>
For Grant seekers

For Grant Seekers

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Spring Workshops and Trainings

Spring Workshops and Trainings

Spring Workshops and Trainings It may still be winter, but we’re busy thinking about our Spring Training. With us, it’s boards, stories and funding strategies instead of baseball. Here are the four workshop and training opportunities we’ve got on the horizon!

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.

Crowdfunding and Community Engagement Workshop

Crowdfunding and Community Engagement Workshop

Crowdfunding and Community Engagement Workshop Crowdfunding is expected to raise billions of dollars worldwide in 2016, and is getting a lot of buzz these days. Join an in-depth workshop to learn more.

Reflections on Leaving Gifford

Reflections on Leaving Gifford

Reflections on Leaving Gifford Twelve years ago I joined the Gifford Foundation board. Little did I know how much I would learn and grow personally from being a board member. I would also come to quickly learn what a gem the foundation is to our community.

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