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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 »

  • Who are the newest ADVANS organizations? Find out more about the capacity building and consulting assistance they will receive over the next two years. <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/gifford-foundation-announces-new-advans-participants/">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="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/from-cramped-quarters-to-increased-income/">Learn More »</a>
  • “Youth hanging out playing basketball or chilling at the picnic tables … at first got up to leave but came back when we started playing, bringing food and hanging out to listen, Some of the kids playing basketball even joined in on percussion instruments. This surprised me because I thought they might be ‘too cool’ for it, but they fully embraced what we were doing and thanked us for bringing music to the park.” <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/blow-that-horn-bang-those-drums/">Learn More »</a>
  • Read about the newest cohort of StoryGrowing organizations, and about the power of stories to affect change. In fact, a story told at the Info Session led to an immediate donation! <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/storygrowing-begins-again/">Learn More »</a>
  • "She met us where we are." "This was an 'Aha' moment for me." These phrases are integral to those participating in POWER, a capacity building program for grassroots and emerging organizations. <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/six-nonprofits-graduate-from-power-program/">Learn More »</a>
  • Congratulations to Sally Fisher Curran, our newest "Kathy" recipient! The honor goes to those with Kathy Goldfarb-Findling's special approach to leadership:  to be nimble and creative; to encourage lifelong learning; to embrace leaps of faith and not fear failure; to work “with” not do “for”; to fully engage in collaborative approaches and to at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth. <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/sally-fisher-curran-named-2017-recipient-of-the-kathy-goldfarb-findling-leadership-award/">Learn More »</a>
For Grant seekers

For Grant Seekers

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Lori Tape

Lori Tape

Lori Tape Please join us in welcoming Lori Tape as our new Office Coordinator. Lori has worked in the nonprofit arena since 2000, specializing in Office Administration, Special Project Management, Fundraising, and Volunteer Management.

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..." Films for Fall

"What if..." Films for Fall

Mark your calendars for the next two "What if..." films, run by Art Rage Gallery and sponsored by the Gifford Foundation. These free films celebrate how communities endeavor to make change, neighbor by neighbor.

GUEST POST: From Russia with Thanks

GUEST POST: From Russia with Thanks

GUEST POST: From Russia with Thanks Last April we welcomed Anastasia Lozhkina, Fundraising Director of Arifmetika Dodra Charitable Foundation in Moscow, for a two week residency. We learned as much from her as she did from our nonprofit community.

@GiffordCNY on Twitter

  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterThe photos of the "Kathy" are up! @OnVLP #nonprofit #leadership #CNY #Syracuse link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterRT @YMCA_cny: Thank you also to @GiffordCNY and @NYSCArts for your support of the #CNYBookAwards! link
  • Gifford Foundation on Twitter@GoodmanCenter thank you for talking with #StoryGrowing teams about building a #storytelling culture. link