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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 »

  • “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>
  • Sixty four meetings a year. If you’re a board member, this is overwhelming. If you’re a nonprofit staff member, you are buried under the constant coordination of board and committee meetings. How about some further numbers? $40,000 led to $500,000 over two years - quite a return on investment. Over the course of two years Oswego County Opportunities undertook an intensive assessment and capacity planning process as part of ADVANS.  <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/fewer-meetings-more-systems-stronger-outcomes/">Learn More »</a>
  • “Be A man, not the man.” But, wondered Joe Horan, a teacher/coach in the Syracuse City School District, how is a man defined? Twelve years ago he started a program that teaches middle school boys to be a SIR: have SIGNIFICANCE, show INTEGRITY, and value RELATIONSHIPS. Initially an intramural basketball program with forty 7th and 8th grade boys at Levy Middle School, the Building Men Program has seen significant growth over the years.  <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/be-a-man-not-the-man/">Learn More »</a>
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Executive Director Dirk Sonneborn Announces Retirement

Executive Director Dirk Sonneborn Announces Retirement

Executive Director Dirk Sonneborn Announces Retirement The Board of Trustees of the Gifford Foundation announced that Executive Director Dirk Sonneborn will retire at the end of 2018.

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.

2018 Deadlines for "What if..." Mini Grants

2018 Deadlines for "What if..." Mini Grants

2018 Deadlines for Upcoming deadlines for "What if..." mini grants are: March 9, 2018 (funding released after April 23) and May 11, 2018 (funding released after June 25). Don't forget the required info session (2nd Thursday of each month) to learn more!

"Seek more of yourself."

"Seek more of yourself."

“There’s nothing really above me I can’t do.” These words, by Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders graduate Charles Rivers, encapsulate the intent of the program. NTL is a 9-week training program for potential community leaders and board members, especially those who are new or unfamiliar with nonprofit board service.

@GiffordCNY on Twitter

  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterCome say hi to us at the Near Westside Initiative block party at Skiddy Park! — at Skiddy Park link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterDon't forget! Nominations for The Kathy, our leadership award given in partnership with the Allyn Family Foundation… link
  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterDid you hear?! We're hiring a new Executive Director! Check out the job positing and submission guidelines here:… link