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The Spring ’23 Newsletter

Strengthening Your Communications Strategy

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 $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

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

Explore tips, strategies, and stories about how to build a successful communications strategy in this latest 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 68th year.

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Featured Stories

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

Sheena Solomon Joins Micron Community Engagement Committee

Sheena Solomon Joins Micron Community Engagement Committee

The Gifford Foundation’s Executive Director Sheena Solomon has been appointed to serve on the Micron Community Engagement Committee. This cohort of local representatives will help guide community investments including the $500 million Green CHIPS Community Investment Fund. “Our goal is to make sure that Central New Yorkers from all backgrounds are able to benefit from this investment, especially those communities that have historically been left on the sidelines.”

Black History Month – Time Travel with Gifford

Black History Month – Time Travel with Gifford

For nearly 70 years, Gifford’s resources have flowed into all communities and sectors of Central New York through more than 3,000 grants and over $45 million awarded.

But as we celebrate Black History Month, we wanted to look back through time at the ways in which we have served the Black Community.

Asset Framing: Why Communication Matters

Asset Framing: Why Communication Matters

Syracuse has a new paper in town: Central Current is steadily establishing itself as a nonprofit, independent alternative for regional journalism. They see themselves as part of a national trend of emerging news outlets that are attempting to fill the massive gap left by the closure and decline of local newspapers across the United States. Although this position is challenging and the future unclear, Central Current’s leaders have found that the narrative around their mission and struggle is also one of their greatest assets.

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