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Planning Your First Fundraising Event? A Readiness Checklist for Small Nonprofits

While a fundraising event can be an exciting opportunity for small nonprofits to engage with their community and raise 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.

Kate Houck, Executive Director of David's Refuge, stands smiling and holding a microphone while addressing a crowd at their annual fundraiser held at Heritage Hill Farm in Pompey, NY.

The Right Event Strategy Starts with the Right People, Insights From David’s Refuge ED Kate Houck

David’s Refuge, a local non-profit supporting caregivers of children with special needs or life-threatening conditions, has held its flagship event, Taste of David’s Refuge, for the past 11 years. Executive Director Kate Houck shares how the organization’s event strategy has transformed during this time in response to changing times, community needs, and external circumstances.

Maithreyee Dube is a graduate of Gifford's Nourishing Tomorrow's Leaders program.

Gifford Board Member Maithreyee Dubé On Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Maithreyee Dubé, Manager of Enrollment Services at the D’Aniello Institute of Veterans and Military Families, is a valued Gifford Foundation board member and a graduate of the NTL program. Like the four other Gifford board members who have completed the program, it left a lasting impression. Hear about her experience and what she hopes future participants will gain from it.

Getting Grant Ready

Tuesday July 9 and Saturday July 20

The Gifford Foundation is partnering with The Central New York Community Foundation to offer our next two-part workshop series on grant writing led by consultant Babette Baker.

Getting Grant Ready is a free 6-hour workshop designed to prepare organizations to become “grant ready” by equipping them with essential skills and tools for proposal writing. Through interactive exercises and real-world examples, attendees will gain hands-on experience writing practical proposals that stand out to potential funders.

Gifford Foundation board members Gregory Ayers, Jessica Hess, Michael Lisson, and Ja'Quan Denson

Meet Gifford’s Newest Board Members

This past year, The Gifford Foundation has welcomed four new board members who will use their talents and expertise to help guide the Foundation and champion its efforts. Learn more about their careers and interests!

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NTL Is Back!

Application Opens: July 8
(Sessions begin in September)

Apply to our next Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders program to build your community leadership skills. NTL is a nine-week course that explores the role of nonprofit boards while teaching skills like conflict resolution, group dynamics, networking, inclusivity best practices, nonprofit lifecycles, and more.

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Embracing Disruption 3, Accepting Applications!

If you organization is looking to increase its ability to navigate a rapidly changing non-profit environment, submit your application for Embracing Disruption 3. Five organizations will be selected for this 15-month cohort capacity-building program to work one-on-one with a consultant who will guide them through a self-assessment, planning process, and capacity implementation period. The deadline to apply is June 21, 2024, and the program kicks off in September.

*We are also accepting applications from non-profit experts interested in coaching our Embracing Disruption 3 cohort. Review the RFQ:

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