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Growing POWERfully

New technology that led to stability and growth. Changed procedures and practices that strengthened staff and boards. Honest sharing among peers in order to confront fears. And helpful consultants asking ”really incisive and probing questions.” We check in with the initial POWER cohort, one year later. Learn More »

Six Nonprofits Start New Capacity Building Program

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. Learn More »

RFQs for Consultant Expertise

Request for Qualifications For consultants with experience & expertise in nonprofit organizational development and challenges facing grassroots organizations or organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. If interested please complete the RFQ. Submission Deadline: June 22, 2016

Welcoming the latest ADVANS cohort

The Foundation announced $481,000 in capacity assistance for five local organizations. The five new nonprofits will be participating in the fifth round of ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Assets and Value of Nonprofits in Syracuse), a major capacity building initiative started by the Foundation in 2007. Learn More »

POWER – Capacity Building Initiative for Start-ups

After a successful pilot in 2015 (read a summary checking in with the first cohort), the Gifford Foundation welcomes another cohort for a 12-month capacity building initiative designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. Entitled … Learn More »

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. 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 »

Collaborating makes for great IDEAS

In 2010 we launched an arts and culture initiative for audience development and community engagement. Now, four years and $1.1 million later, the fruits of our “what if” moment have emerged. 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 »

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. Learn More »

Baltimore Woods

Kids in field at Baltimore Woods

The ADVANS program helped Baltimore Woods embrace the big vision that it is more than a 182-acre place for hiking and nature study. Learn More »

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