Heidi Holtz


Heidi Holtz was appointed Program Director for Community Grantmaking at the Rosamond Gifford Foundation in February 2005, was named Director of Grantmaking in July 2009 and became Director of Research and Projects in September 2011. Heidi has over 30 years experience (including nine years with Syracuse Stage) working in the not-for-profit world, specializing in arts management, marketing, board development, fundraising and public relations. A trained facilitator, Heidi helps convene and connect organizations and people – most recently with the new Refugee Alliance. She created and project managed the IDEAS Collaborative, a multi-funder $1.1 million initiative to build audiences and community engagement for arts, culture and heritage organizations and presented about this initiative at the 2012 national Americans for the Arts conference. Heidi created and currently manages the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award and was instrumental in the initial implementation of ADVANS, the Foundation’s signature capacity building initiative. She oversees the Foundation’s communications as well as coordinates research and special projects.

Heidi recently completed a term as president of the Onondaga Citizens League  and co-chaired the 2012 OCL study on refugees. Other current and former board service includes the Arts Branch of the YMCA, the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, ThinC and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.  In 2013 Heidi chaired the highly successful New York State Funders Conference and participated in a session on Refugees and Immigration. Her volunteer work includes service on former Congressman Dan Maffei’s transition team subcommittee on the arts; the Program, Conference and Services Assessment committees of Grantmakers Forum of New York; the Strategic Partnership Fund advisory committee at the Central New York Community Foundation; and the New Urban Space advisory group, among others.

In spring 2015 Heidi will teach a course on Fund Development in the Masters of Public Administration program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She has been a guest lecturer on philanthropy and capacity building at Syracuse University, Colgate University, Cazenovia College and SUNY-Oswego and regularly facilitates and presents  locally and nationally on such topics as grant writing, non-profit management, strategic planning and board development. From 1994-2004 she was an adjunct professor in the Syracuse University Drama Department and earlier taught in the Ithaca College Theatre Department. She is a facilitator/trainer for Essential Skills and Strategies for Grantmakers. 

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Denison University and a Master of Arts in Theatre History and Certificate in Women’s Studies from Syracuse University. She has received training and/or certification in Advanced Knowledge Management Essentials, Dialogue Circles, Effective Facilitation, Results Based Facilitation and Creative Problem Solving. Heidi grew up in Washington DC, but spent weekends and summers on a family farm outside Frederick, MD. She is a 24-year resident of Fayetteville and has two grown children.


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Seated: Marnie Moss, Heidi Holtz; Standing: Sheena Solomon, Kim Vanderhoef, Dirk Sonneborn, Lindsay McClung

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