The Gifford Foundation

Fostering growth, encouraging change.


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Supporting Our Community Since 1954

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.

Capacity Building

We help nonprofits build the skills and resources necessary to boost their impact.


Since our inception, we have given out over $44 million to CNY nonprofits.

A Network of Support

Our staff works to facilitate development and growth within our community.

Our Vision

We recognize that there are many individuals and organizations who have a drive to make a difference within their community. Unfortunately, a lack of resources and training can stand in the way of making these ideas a reality. For over sixty years, the Gifford Foundation has provided the grants and leadership training necessary to facilitate broad, community based change across CNY. Our capacity building initiatives help raise the bar for what’s possible.

Over $44 million in grants awarded

Grantmaking is traditionally reactive, but in line with our belief in community engagement we emphasize a personal approach. By developing a relationship with each grantee, we are better able to help them become strong and durable forces within our community.

Grants awarded since our founding

Welcome to the New Website

Mobile: Our new format lets you browse our site from any device type or size.

Information: Resources about capacity building and grantmaking have been updated to reflect the latest developments.

Accessibility: A new team directory allows you to instantly connect with and learn about our team members.

History: Take a look back at the origins of The Gifford Foundation as we celebrate our 65th year.

Email: Stay informed about events, grants, workshops, and more by joining our email list.

Social: Are you connected with us on all of our platforms?

Featured Stories

Our stories provide increased access and allow our community to see what we’ve been up to and the type of work that we support.

The Fulton Renaissance

The Fulton Renaissance

In 2011, Nancy Fox put an ad in the Fulton Daily News inviting anyone from the community to attend a meeting in a church basement. She had decided that her town was in desperate need of an Arts Center – an idea that took many by surprise.

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is speeding up investigations and catching predators thanks to their expanded digital arsenal.            In the 17 years that have passed since the McMahon Ryan...

Breaking Barriers at Ed Smith

Breaking Barriers at Ed Smith

In October of 2018, the Ed Smith Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) tried something new. Through a collaboration with My Lucky Tummy and funding by a What If… mini grant from the Gifford Foundation, they organized a record breaking community dinner featuring a range of authentic foreign foods and hosting attendees from all over the community.

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