Grantmaking At Work

Explore the stories below to learn more about our past grants.
How The Reading League Took Flight

How The Reading League Took Flight

It is easy to underestimate the task of teaching a child to read. Because this lesson is taught early in life, we tend to regard it as simple and basic – like learning to walk. Yet millions of American children grow up without ever becoming truly literate, despite having attended school. Prof. Maria Murray, Founder and Executive Director of The Reading League, began studying this issue in 2015 and came to a radical conclusion: We need to reimagine how we teach children to read.

The Fulton Renaissance

The Fulton Renaissance

In 2011, Nancy Fox put an ad in the Fulton Daily News inviting anyone from the community to attend a meeting in a church basement. She had decided that her town was in desperate need of an Arts Center – an idea that took many by surprise.

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY

Digital Forensics: Using Tech to Investigate Child Abuse in CNY The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is speeding up investigations and catching predators thanks to their expanded digital arsenal.            In the 17 years that have passed since the McMahon Ryan...

Breaking Barriers at Ed Smith

Breaking Barriers at Ed Smith

In October of 2018, the Ed Smith Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) tried something new. Through a collaboration with My Lucky Tummy and funding by a What If… mini grant from the Gifford Foundation, they organized a record breaking community dinner featuring a range of authentic foreign foods and hosting attendees from all over the community.

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