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

Apply for NTL

We are accepting applications for our Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders (NTL) program! This initiative is designed to improve diversity among nonprofit boards, and prepare individuals to be active and effective board members themselves.

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

Meet Our Team

Our new directory allows you to instantly connect with and learn about our team members.

Read Our History

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

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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.

Power 3 Cohort Graduation

Power 3 Cohort Graduation

Congratulating our Power 3 Cohort Graduates! The diverse group of CNY based non-profit organizations have spent the past year working with specially trained consultants to grow their strength and implement a work plan tailored to their specific needs.            On...

Broadening Perspectives: Beyond the Money

Broadening Perspectives: Beyond the Money

The Gifford Foundation operates as a team and without the team we would not be able to compliment and challenge each other. This is why change and diverse viewpoints are embraced at the foundation; we believe that without continuous change and self-evaluation we would be not be able to make impactful grants and connections.

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.

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