The Spring 2021 Newsletter
The Hunt for Affordable Housing
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.
Gifford is Putting the Youth in Charge
This year, we are focusing our “What If…” mini grant program on lifting up the voices and ideas of Syracuse’s young people (though adults can still apply). We are inviting residents ages 12 – 24 to make their pitch: What ideas do you have to improve the safety and well-being of our community?
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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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.
The Rescue Mission is a lifeline for many of CNY’s most vulnerable residents, but as the end of the eviction moratorium looms – concerns about the lack of accessible and affordable housing are growing.
Sheena Solomon, Executive Director of the Gifford Foundation, is inviting you to consider some difficult questions about housing and homelessness.
In 2018 I took a trip to Montgomery, Alabama to visit The National Memorial for Peace and Social Justice. It is partially dedicated to the 4,400 known victims of lynching in the United States and made national headlines when it first opened that same year. The other focus of the Memorial is mass incarceration: a system of control that serves as a modern form of the Jim Crow laws.
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