On September 30 the Gifford Foundation announced that $481,000 in capacity assistance will be available to five local nonprofit organizations. The five new nonprofits will be participating in the fifth round of ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Assets and Value of Nonprofits in Syracuse), a major capacity building initiative started by the Foundation in 2007.
The ADVANS 5 organizations range in size and focus area; over the next two years each will undertake an intensive assessment and capacity planning process and receive just under $70,000 in grants and local consulting services; national consultants will also visit regularly to provide technical assistance and to convene a learning community of organizations and consultants.
The five newest ADVANS organizations are:
ARISE Child and Family Services – ARISE serves 4,000 individuals with
disabilities across five counties, with programs in Advocacy and Accessibility; Basic Needs and Assistance; Education, Employment and Skill Building; Health and Wellness; Recreation and Arts.
Everson Museum of Art – For well over 100 years the Everson has been Central New York’s premier visual arts organization, containing within its I.M. Pei designed building nearly 700 paintings as well as the foremost collection of Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s work.
Learning Disabilities Association of CNY – LDA provides services to both adults and children with learning disabilities, ADHD and related disorders at school, home and work. They serve a five county area.
Syracuse Northeast Community Center – One of several Community Centers in Syracuse, SNECC works with area residents to provide services and programs that address the changing needs and interests of the city’s north/northeast neighborhoods.
Toomey Residential and Community Services – Toomey provides residential and clinical services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, children experiencing mental health issues, children requiring foster care placement and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors.
In October 2017 the ADVANS Initiative will celebrate ten years in existence. By that point the Foundation will have invested $3.3 million in building the capacity of 29 nonprofits across four counties, 14 professional consultants will have been trained in the Lifecycles model and more than 150 community members will have participated on leadership teams.