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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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
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

Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders In June a new group of community leaders graduated from Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders, a new initiative which focuses on leadership development through board service. Learn how to introduce your nonprofit to these leaders.

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.

Hundreds learn storytelling

Hundreds learn storytelling

Hundreds learn storytelling We've received lots of emails and notes praising Andy Goodman's storytelling workshop on May 5. Read further on what the over 210 attendees learned. What are the next steps?

POWER - Capacity Building Initiative for Start-ups

POWER - Capacity Building Initiative for Start-ups

POWER - Capacity Building Initiative for Start-ups 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.

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  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterRT @CCSCNY: Thanks to project ADVANS & @GiffordCNY @CCSCNY shot our 1st PSA w/Mike Roy Media today. Sharing the great work we do http://t.…
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterCongrats to June grantees @MJGage_Center, Franciscan Church of the Assumption & Washing Sq. Neighborhood Assoc. link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterCongratulations to our June grantees: Washington Square Neighborhood Association, Franciscan Church of the... link