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 working in the not-for-profit world, specializing in arts management, marketing, board development, fundraising and public relations. Heidi created and currently project manages the IDEAS Collaborative, a multi-funder $1.1 million initiative to build audiences and community engagement for arts, culture and heritage organizations in Onondaga County and in June presented about this initiative at the national Americans for the Arts conference. She also oversees the Foundation’s communications as well as coordinates research, convenings and special projects. Heidi designed and implements the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award.
Heidi currently serves on the boards of the Arts Branch of the YMCA and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center, as vice president of the Onondaga Citizens League board and co-chaired the 2012 OCL study on refugees. In 2013 Heidi is chairing the New York State Funders Conference. Her volunteer work includes service on Congressman Dan Maffei’s transition team subcommittee on the arts, the Program, Conference and Services Assessment committees of Grantmakers Forum of New York and the Strategic Partnership Fund advisory committee at the Central New York Community Foundation, among others. Heidi designed sessions, moderated panels and facilitated plenaries for 2009 and 2011 New York State Funders Conferences.
Heidi has been a guest lecturer on philanthropy and capacity building at Syracuse University, Colgate University, Cazenovia College and SUNY-Oswego and regularly facilitates retreats, workshops and webinars on such topics as grant writing, non-profit management, strategic planning and board development. She was an adjunct professor in the Syracuse University Drama Department and also 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 23-year resident of Fayetteville and has two grown children.
Email Heidi at: Heidi@giffordfoundation.org