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Energizing the Electorate

Energizing the Electorate

We sat down with Councilor Joe Driscoll to discuss the challenges surrounding engagement during a pandemic, fake news, and how to fight back against a loss of faith in our civic institutions.

ADVANS Program Evaluation Summary

ADVANS Program Evaluation Summary

We preach the value of self-assessment to all of the organizations we work with. After running the ADVANS capacity building program for more than 13 years and investing nearly $4 million into it, we wanted to properly gauge its impact and effectiveness. The completion of this report marks the first time in the Gifford Foundation’s history that a program evaluation of this nature and magnitude has been conducted.

Broadening Perspectives: Staying Nimble, Compassionate, and Connected

Broadening Perspectives: Staying Nimble, Compassionate, and Connected

Across Central New York, the United States, and the world – 2020 has been a year defined by disruption. As we prepare for the holidays and look ahead to 2021, we need to understand what that disruption really means and how we can prepare for it. At the Gifford Foundation, we believe that the key to this lies in balancing consistency in mission with flexibility in practice.

Quick on Your Feet: Why Nonprofits Need to Adapt

Quick on Your Feet: Why Nonprofits Need to Adapt

“If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the rate of things coming at you is increasing,” says Jennifer Bonnett – President and CEO of the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute. “Our ability to be nimble is key.” The coronavirus pandemic, a rapidly changing economy, and unprecedented tech advances are just some of the disruptions that are forcing nonprofits to update their operations.

Announcing the Digital Collaboration Workshop

Announcing the Digital Collaboration Workshop

The Digital Collaboration Workshop The Gifford Foundation is working with The CNY Community Foundation, Mindflower Studio, and MXD Arts to provide a virtual workshop series and consultant services to the CNY nonprofit community. The goal is to improve board...

NTL Hosts its First 2020 Session

NTL Hosts its First 2020 Session

On Sept. 16th at 5:30 pm, a group of 21 Syracuse residents gathered in the black box theater at SALTspace on the City’s West Side. Selected from more than 70 applicants, they represent this year’s NTL cohort. This would mark the first session of a nine week course designed to prepare individuals to be effective board members and to understand the importance of diversity within nonprofit leadership.

Adopt a Senior

Adopt a Senior

This year’s graduates have not only lost out on the traditional graduation celebrations, but are entering a changing and uncertain world at a time of great crisis.

Broadening Perspectives: A Culture of Change

Broadening Perspectives: A Culture of Change

Everywhere I go I hear people talking about how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing our culture. From live music to sports, remote offices to greeting people with a handshake – people are wondering…