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.
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.
Apply and learn more by clicking here:
Engage With Us
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.
We would like to announce some new developments within our Board of Directors as we welcome four new additions to help guide us as we move forward.
Our Executive Director, Sheena Solomon, speaks about capacity building as an essential part of the Gifford Foundation’s mission and identity.
Over the past decade, The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County has grown by more than tenfold, providing an ever-increasing range of legal services to disenfranchised residents.
Stay in touch
We have a lot of stuff in the works - don't be the last to know.