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The Fall ’22 Newsletter

Growing a Healthy Board of Directors

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 community we serve.

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.

How We Help

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 five 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 $45 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

Engage With Us

Fall 2022 Newsletter

How can we build more engaged boards? Nonprofit leaders and funders share their stories and ideas in this issue of The Gifford Newsletter.



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 67th year.

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Featured Stories

Interviews, profiles, and other spotlights on the innovative nonprofit leaders making a difference in our community.

Planting the Seeds for Organizational Growth

Planting the Seeds for Organizational Growth

In less than three years, Salt City Harvest Farm has tripled their budget and been awarded tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of complimentary marketing materials including a state-of-the-art website redesign. 

How did they achieve such a turnaround?

5 Takeaways from the Board Development Series

5 Takeaways from the Board Development Series

We recently collaborated with the Central New York Community Foundation to host a three-part Board Development Series, offered for free to the CNY nonprofit community.
For those of you who were not able to attend, or for those who would like a refresher on some of the materials covered, we created a recap of some of the major lessons covered during the workshop series.

Broadening Perspectives: How Boards Add Value

Broadening Perspectives: How Boards Add Value

When it’s working the way that it should, a board of directors can be a dream come true: a team of dedicated professionals, from different backgrounds, who help keep an organization stable and headed in the right direction. And you don’t even have to pay them! It sounds like a fantasy. But anyone in the nonprofit world knows that it can also work in the opposite way: board members can be apathetic, they can be disconnected from the needs of the organization, and they can slow down its progress through poor decision making or by not making decisions at all.
How can you make sure that your organization’s board is adding value?

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