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.

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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.

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