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The Winter ’24 Newsletter

Lessons in Community Building

Supporting Our Community Since 1954

The Gifford Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance 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 $45 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 communities. Unfortunately, a lack of resources and training can stand in the way of making these ideas a reality. For 70 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

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Winter 2024 Newsletter

Explore stories, interviews, and strategic resources for you and your organization in this latest issue of The Gifford Newsletter.


Explore our resource and program directory to see which opportunity is the best fit for you or your organization.

Meet Our Team

Our team 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 70th year.

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Featured Stories

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

Workshop Series: Getting Grant Ready

Workshop Series: Getting Grant Ready

Getting Grant Ready is a 6-hour grant writing workshop designed to prepare organizations to become “grant ready” by equipping them with essential skills and tools for proposal writing.

Maithreyee Dubé On Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Maithreyee Dubé On Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Maithreyee Dubé, Manager of Enrollment Services at the D’Aniello Institute of Veterans and Military Families, is a valued Gifford Foundation board member and a graduate of the NTL program. Like the four other Gifford board members who have completed the program, it left a lasting impression. She spoke with us about the experience and what she hopes future participants will gain from it.

David’s Refuge ED Kate Houck On Fundraising Events

David’s Refuge ED Kate Houck On Fundraising Events

David’s Refuge, a local non-profit supporting caregivers of children with special needs or life-threatening conditions, has held its flagship event, the Taste of David’s Refuge, for the past 11 years. Over these years, the event has transformed in response to changing times, community needs, and external circumstances.

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