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The Spring 2020 Newsletter

Adapting to Change

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

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

How CNY is adapting to a changing world.



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.

Perspective: What about the Kids without a Computer during COVID-19?

Perspective: What about the Kids without a Computer during COVID-19?

On March 16th, schools were ordered to close while teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and volunteers were suddenly faced with the unprecedented and formidable challenge of converting the rest of the school year to an online format. We spoke with Promise Zone Supervisor Raquan Pride about lack of internet access and digital infrastructure among students as well as the creative approaches being implemented to address those problems.

Our Response to the COVID-19 Virus

Our Response to the COVID-19 Virus

Our Response to the COVID-19 VirusGreetings friends, family, partners and community members, Like so many of you, The Gifford Foundation is closely monitoring the latest developments related to the COVID -19 virus. We are acutely aware of your concerns regarding the...

How The Reading League Took Flight

How The Reading League Took Flight

It is easy to underestimate the task of teaching a child to read. Because this lesson is taught early in life, we tend to regard it as simple and basic – like learning to walk. Yet millions of American children grow up without ever becoming truly literate, despite having attended school. Prof. Maria Murray, Founder and Executive Director of The Reading League, began studying this issue in 2015 and came to a radical conclusion: We need to reimagine how we teach children to read.

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