The Summer 2021 Newsletter
Giving Youth a Seat at the Table
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.
In an exclusive interview, we sat down with the CEO of The Good Life Foundation to discuss youth programming, the challenges of concentrated poverty, and his latest project located in the Salt City Market.
A new space at Menorah Park is designed to provide a safe haven for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and guide them to a more supportive living situation. Opening soon, it will be the first of its kind in CNY.
This Syracuse based nonprofit that provides supportive housing and supportive services for women and women with children experiencing homelessness. The right to housing should be guaranteed, says their Executive Director.
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