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The Spring ’23 Newsletter

Strengthening Your Communications Strategy

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 $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

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

Explore tips, strategies, and stories about how to build a successful communications strategy in this latest 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 68th year.

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Featured Stories

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

Funder Collaborative Formed to Increase STEM Youth Programming

Funder Collaborative Formed to Increase STEM Youth Programming

Funder Collaborative Formed to Increase STEM Youth Programming $150,000 in grant funding brings a new national program to the region.Published May 17th, 2023 A partnership called the Youth STEM Funder Collaborative is granting $150,000 to bring the nationally...

5 Action Steps to Improve Your Communications

5 Action Steps to Improve Your Communications

5 Action Steps to Improve Your CommunicationsPublished May 16th, 2023Communications can all too easily become an afterthought. The amount of resources it takes to keep an organization’s administration and programming running smoothly often leaves little left over when...

Workshop Series: How To Write Better Grants

Workshop Series: How To Write Better Grants

Workshop Series: How To Write Better GrantsPublished May 16th, 2023The Gifford Foundation is partnering with The Central New York Community Foundation to launch a free two part workshop series on grant writing featuring consultant Babette Baker.   Targeted primarily...

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