Senior Program Officer
Senior Program Officer
Megan joined The Gifford Foundation in July of 2015 and has served in a variety of roles on the program team. She is now the Senior Program Officer at the Foundation. Megan works as a part of the grant making team to build a community that celebrates its diversity, that promotes a dynamic culture and that provides for the needs of its members. Through her role on the program team, Megan serves as a key point of contact for grant seekers.
As demonstrated by her commitment to building the capacity of grassroots organizations in the Central New York area, Megan leads POWER (People and Organizations with Energy and Resilience) a capacity building initiative designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations earlier on in their organizational development. She also works to build grassroots capacity through her role in overseeing the What If… mini grant program, which provides a resource in fostering growth in neighborhoods and strengthening the capacity of residents who are focused on making positive changes in their communities.
With a focus on ensuring that the Central New York community is educated about and connected to the work of the Foundation, Megan manages the Foundation’s marketing and communication strategies. In that role she highlights the work of our nonprofit and community partners, celebrating the great work being done in our area.
Megan serves on the Community Impact Committee at the United Way of Central New York. She also serves on the Pregnancy and Parenting Committees of the Early Childhood Alliance and on event coordination committees with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Museum of Science and Technology. Megan was active on the planning committee for the 2017 New York State Funders Conference.
With a focus on relationship building and authentic engagement, Megan uses a systems approach to problem solving.
Prior to joining The Gifford Foundation Megan worked in fundraising, fund development and grant writing as the Development Coordinator for Community Action Partnership for Madison County. She previously worked with homeless and runaway teenagers at The Center for Youth in Rochester, NY. Megan has interned with Make-A-Wish Central New York and Justice for Children, a child advocacy agency.
Megan is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Sociology and a focus in child and family development. A Central New York native, Megan enjoys travel, being in nature and spending time with her family.