"What If..." Mini Grants

Explore the stories below to see example of our "What If..." Mini Grants in action.
Once Upon a Star

Once Upon a Star

At only 25 years old, Sultani Campbell launched his own youth mentorship program called Once Upon a Star. By teaching life skills and connecting participants with employment opportunities, Campbell supports young people as they seek their own path and identity.

Raising Up Voices and Votes

Raising Up Voices and Votes

A disturbing lack of civic participation inspired The League to partner with The Dunbar Association, TNT, and the NAACP to form the Onondaga Votes! initiative in 2018. Their goal was simple: to increase voter turnout across the City of Syracuse.

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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