Our Response to the COVID-19 Virus
Read about the measures we are taking to regroup and move forward.
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.
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
Engage With Us
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.
Our Executive Director, Sheena Solomon, speaks about capacity building as an essential part of the Gifford Foundation’s mission and identity.
Over the past decade, The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County has grown by more than tenfold, providing an ever-increasing range of legal services to disenfranchised residents.
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.
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