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Unique Workshops on Nonprofit Board Diversity

Join a unique combination: a workshop on the important topic of board diversity, coupled with the opportunity to network with the new graduates of our leadership training program, Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders. APPLY BY MAY 4. Learn More »

Gifford Scholar: Dr. Andrew J. Rurka

From 1957-1980 there were 134 “Gifford Scholars,” who attended college thanks to a scholarship. Recently Josie Rurka, sister to a former recipient, shared a remembrance of him and the impact the scholarship had on his life. Learn More »

From cramped quarters to increased income

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. Learn More »

Growing POWERfully

New technology that led to stability and growth. Changed procedures and practices that strengthened staff and boards. Honest sharing among peers in order to confront fears. And helpful consultants asking ”really incisive and probing questions.” We check in with the initial POWER cohort, one year later. Learn More »

Growing Stories in our Community

There were words. And pictures. And video. And laughter. And singing. There were stories. Eleven nonprofits capped off six months of workshops and coaching in the art of telling their story with a fun celebration. Learn what happened at “Growing Stories in our Community.” Learn More »

Six Nonprofits Start New Capacity Building Program

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. Learn More »

Flags, Legos and Warm Summer Evenings

On a late afternoon a few weeks ago, Washington Square Park on Syracuse’s Northside was hopping. Children of all ages played on the playground as parents watched, basketball players shot hoops, and some kids delighted in playing with the fountain. Learn how a “What if…” mini grant helped. Learn More »

New Leaders for the Future

“I cannot be halfhearted about the organization or I will be unlikely to invest in its future” – outcomes of our third Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Learn More »

Marynet Santiago

A warm welcome to the newest member of the Gifford team! Marynet Santiago started as our new Office Coordinator in early June. Learn More »

RFQs for Consultant Expertise

Request for Qualifications For consultants with experience & expertise in nonprofit organizational development and challenges facing grassroots organizations or organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase. If interested please complete the RFQ. Submission Deadline: June 22, 2016

Funders Collaborate on StoryGrowing

In the spring of 2016 eleven organizations began a nine-month learning program called StoryGrowing, a new initiative to build nonprofit and community capacity in storytelling. What’s next for the participants? Learn More »

For grantees promoting a grant

Promoting a grant When promoting your grant, please refer to us as The Gifford Foundation. While your contract and check will be issued from the Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation, it is not the name we prefer used in public acknowledgments. … Learn More »

For the media

Thank you for your interest in the Gifford Foundation. We invite you to explore this website to learn more. See below for some quick information you might find helpful, including a link to several short videos depicting our history and … Learn More »

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