The Fall ’22 Newsletter
Growing a Healthy Board of Directors
Supporting Our Community Since 1954
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
Engage With Us
Interviews, profiles, and other spotlights on the innovative nonprofit leaders making a difference in our community.
Nonprofit consultant Maria Fibiger has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Recently, she has seen many organizations struggle to successfully make the leap from in-person to hybrid – especially in the board room.
In this guest article, Maria explores the silver linings that come with hybrid board meetings and offers tips on how to grow engagement and set the stage for more impactful governance.
Community members from across the greater Syracuse area came together last Wednesday evening for what would be the first of nine workshops designed to prepare them for board service. Gifford’s Executive Director Sheena Solomon, the featured presenter for this opening session, set the tone by inviting participants to share their impressions and experiences with board service.
We spoke with Executive Director Kate Houck about the work David’s Refuge is doing to combat burnout and teach self-care to caregivers. Since 2013, they have provided a range of services that include respite, wellness, and community programming.
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