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The Fall ’22 Newsletter

Growing a Healthy Board of Directors

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 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 $44 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 community. Unfortunately, a lack of resources and training can stand in the way of making these ideas a reality. For over sixty five 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

Fall 2022 Newsletter

How can we build more engaged boards? Nonprofit leaders and funders share their stories and ideas in this issue of The Gifford Newsletter.



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 67th year.

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Featured Stories

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

Making Hybrid Meetings Work For You

Making Hybrid Meetings Work For You

Nonprofit consultant Maria Fibiger has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Recently, she has seen many organizations struggle to successfully make the leap from in-person to hybrid – especially in the board room.

In this guest article, Maria explores the silver linings that come with hybrid board meetings and offers tips on how to grow engagement and set the stage for more impactful governance.

NTL Launches its 9th Cohort

NTL Launches its 9th Cohort

Community members from across the greater Syracuse area came together last Wednesday evening for what would be the first of nine workshops designed to prepare them for board service. Gifford’s Executive Director Sheena Solomon, the featured presenter for this opening session, set the tone by inviting participants to share their impressions and experiences with board service.

Self Care Isn’t Selfish

Self Care Isn’t Selfish

We spoke with Executive Director Kate Houck about the work David’s Refuge is doing to combat burnout and teach self-care to caregivers. Since 2013, they have provided a range of services that include respite, wellness, and community programming.

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