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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 »

  • A ramped up communications strategy leads to a robust online presence - and more volunteers, visits and enthusiasm for Finger Lakes Land Trust.  <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/finger-lakes-land-trust-grows-online-presence/">Learn More »</a>
  • 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. <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/six-nonprofits-embark-upon-year-long-capacity-building-program/">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>
  • Since I began working with the military community, I have been privileged to see a dimension of leadership from which we all can learn. I learned from all military members that leaders never forget they are part of a team.   Almost always, leaders of the military defer their success to others: their team mates. <a href="https://www.giffordfoundation.org/guest-post-2016-kathy-recipient-melissa-spicer/">Learn More »</a>
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Lori Tape

Lori Tape

Lori Tape Please join us in welcoming Lori Tape as our new Office Coordinator. Lori Tape started at the Gifford Foundation as the Office Coordinator in late August 2017. 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.

Gifford and City Receive National Partners for Places Grant

Gifford and City Receive National Partners for Places Grant

Gifford and City Receive National Partners for Places Grant Gifford, the City and Onondaga Earth Corps will partner with national funding. The grant is the Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places Grant Program - a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

“Heard, represented and valued:" Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders 2017 Class

“Heard, represented and valued:" Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders 2017 Class

“Heard, represented and valued: A nurse. A designer. A school principal. Varying genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds, physical abilities and economic classes. "To heal our city and its residents, it’s imperative that all community stakeholders are at the table: heard, represented and valued."

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  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterPlease join us in welcoming Lori Tape to the Gifford Family! link
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  • Gifford Foundation on TwitterAll credit for hosting should go to ArtRage Gallery. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night. link