The Gifford Foundation

Fostering growth, encouraging change.


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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.

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 $44 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

Apply for NTL

We are accepting applications for our Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders (NTL) program! This initiative is designed to improve diversity among nonprofit boards, and prepare individuals to be active and effective board members themselves.

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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 65th 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.

Taking Animal Rescue to the Next Level

Taking Animal Rescue to the Next Level

How did a small group of CNY residents grow an idea into a thriving and innovative nonprofit? We explore the history and growth of Helping Hounds Dog Rescue.

A View Into NTL

A View Into NTL

Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders (NTL) was launched six years ago to address a troubling lack of diversity among nonprofit leadership in CNY.

Congratulating our ADVANS 6 Graduates

Congratulating our ADVANS 6 Graduates

Congratulating our ADVANS 6 Graduates! The two year program helped five nonprofit organizations self-assess under the guidance of trained consultants, with the intention of growing their impact and helping them function more efficiently.            Gifford team...

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