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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>
For Grant seekers

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Gifford Scholar: Dr. Andrew J. Rurka

Gifford Scholar: Dr. Andrew J. Rurka

Gifford Scholar: Dr. Andrew J. Rurka From 1957-1980 there were 134 “Gifford Scholars,” who attended college thanks to a scholarship. Recently Josie Rurka, sister to a former recipient, shared a remembrance of him and the impact the scholarship had on his life.

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.

"What If..." Film Series

"What If..." Film Series

The "What If..." Film Series offers free screenings, with moderated discussions, on community change efforts across the country. The Series is run by Art Rage Gallery - the next film is Before the Flood on March 22nd.

Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders

Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Nourishing Tomorrow' Leaders Course. This program to train future board members and community leaders runs March 24-May 31. Deadline to apply is March 3rd.