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How Nonprofits Can Earn a Profit

The Fall 2021 Newsletter

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.

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.

Gifford is Putting the Youth in Charge

This year, we are focusing our “What If…” mini grant program on lifting up the voices and ideas of Syracuse’s young people (though adults can still apply). We are inviting residents ages 12 – 24 to make their pitch: What ideas do you have to improve the safety and well-being of our community?

Our Vision

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 $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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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Lessons and stories about lifting up young people in Central New York.



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

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.

Embracing Disruption Lessons Learned

Embracing Disruption Lessons Learned

We gathered perspectives from a range of consultants and participants from Gifford’s newest capacity building program, Embracing Disruption.

How Nonprofits Can Earn a Profit

How Nonprofits Can Earn a Profit

The MOST and The Rosamond Gifford Zoo are two examples of organizations who have found that earning revenue and expanding their services can go hand in hand.

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