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The Winter ’24 Newsletter

Lessons in Community Building

Supporting Our Community Since 1954

The Gifford Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the quality of life for the community we serve.

Capacity Building

We help nonprofits build the skills and resources necessary to boost their impact.


Since our inception, we have given out over $45 million to CNY nonprofits.

A Network of Support

Our staff works to facilitate development and growth within our community.

How We Help

We recognize that there are many individuals and organizations who have a drive to make a difference within their communities. Unfortunately, a lack of resources and training can stand in the way of making these ideas a reality. For 70 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 $45 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

Winter 2024 Newsletter

Explore stories, interviews, and strategic resources for you and your organization in this latest issue of The Gifford Newsletter.


Explore our resource and program directory to see which opportunity is the best fit for you or your organization.

Meet Our Team

Our team 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 70th year.

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Stay informed about events, grants, workshops, and more by joining our email list.

Socialize With Us

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Featured Stories

Interviews, profiles, and other spotlights on the innovative nonprofit leaders making a difference in our community.

Event Readiness Checklist

Event Readiness Checklist

While a fundraising event can be an exciting opportunity for small nonprofits to engage with their community and raise these essential funds, the process can also be complex and requires major time and preparation. Here’s a list of questions for your organization to consider before pursuing a major fundraising event along with helpful tips provided by non-profit management consultant Maria Fibiger of Three Dog Consulting.

Building Access to the Arts

Building Access to the Arts

Blondean Young returned to Syracuse in 2017 with the goal of promoting arts access within the Black community. A Gifford “What If…” Mini Grant helped her get started and introduced her to the grant writing process. Today, she leads a multifaceted and multicultural agency called BLAAC which has garnered additional support from the Central New York Community Foundation and CNY Arts, and is providing a growing suite of arts programming to the community. This is her story.

Unveiling Gifford’s Online Resource Library

Unveiling Gifford’s Online Resource Library

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for individuals and organizations to understand the ways in which they can interact and benefit from The Gifford Foundation. With this in mind, we created a single page where all of our active programs and opportunities live.

We also invite you to take some time to visit our new Resources page, where we have added or updated several features.

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