Lindsay McClung

Associate Director

Phone: (315) 474 – 2489 Ext. 118


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Lindsay McClung

Associate Director

Lindsay started at the Gifford Foundation in April 2007, serving in a variety of roles. She currently serves as the Associate Director at the Foundation. In her role she manages the community grantmaking program designed to support nonprofits in Central New York. In 2009 she began overseeing the Foundation’s capacity building initiative ADVANS (Advancing and Developing the Value and Assets of Nonprofits in Syracuse).  Through her leadership it has grown to a $3.9 million capacity building initiative. As evidenced by her continued commitment to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations, in 2015 she implemented POWER (People and Organizations with Energy and Resilience) a capacity building initiative designed to assist grassroots organizations and organizations in the start-up lifecycle phase.  

Through her involvement in these capacity building initiatives she has become a conduit for nonprofits and consultants in our community.

Lindsay has implemented a variety of organizational effectiveness trainings for nonprofit organizations and consultants in CNY. Lindsay is the Syracuse Market Leader for the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute (an Institute designed for a community of nonprofits, foundations and consultants driving organizational capacity and resilience in the nonprofit sector to build stronger communities) and participants in the Institutes advisory committee.

Lindsay has significant responsibility and knowledge surrounding grants management. As such Lindsay has managed the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood program through a partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Northern New York since 2009 and with the Southern District since 2018. In 2013 Lindsay converted the Foundation to an online grantmaking system, Foundant, which is currently in place.

Lindsay is involved in community collaborations such as the Work Train Collaborative, CNY Community Foundation Strategic Partnership Fund and represents the Foundation in various community conversations as they arise.  Since 2009 Lindsay has served on the board of AccessCNY and is a member of their executive team. Lindsay has presented at a variety of professional conferences and webinars including: Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, Foundant Annual Summit, and the New York Funders Alliance.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Iowa State University. She has received training and/or certification in Federal Financial Management, Lifecycles Consulting and Nonprofit Finance – Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, Advanced Knowledge Management Essentials, Effective Grantmaking, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Lindsay is originally from Iowa and has lived in the Syracuse, NY area since 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs.

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