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The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation


Last Updated: 2016-07-28

At A Glance

The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation

(also known as The Gifford Foundation)

100 Clinton Sq., 126 N. Salina St., 3rd Fl.

Syracuse, NY United States 13202-1059

Telephone: (315) 474-2489


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $22,169,261

Total giving: $751,291






Incorporated in 1954 in NY

Purpose and Activities

Giving support for educational, scientific, social, and religious needs in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties, NY. Particular interest in issues around youth violence, employment for youth, and neighborhood revitalization.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

"The Kathy"

In 2011 the foundation launched the Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award. Now jointly sponsored with the Allyn Foundation, it is named for the foundation's late Executive Director who also worked at Allyn. This honor is given periodically to celebrate a nonprofit professional in Central New York (Onondaga, Oswego, Madison and Cayuga counties) who leads through creativity, collegiality and collaboration. See foundation web site for additional information.

"What If..." Mini Grants

The foundation seeks to fund neighborhood associations made up of concerned citizens as they work to develop their neighborhood’s resources and assets. This includes supporting efforts that encourage inclusion of diverse populations in decisions that affect their community. These grants are given for projects with a total budget of $5,000 or less for neighborhoods within the City of Syracuse, NY. In order to receive application guidelines for this program, applicants should attend an information meeting. Information regarding current meeting schedule and additional program requirements can be found on foundation web site. .

Giffordslist is a free resource sharing web site for nonprofits. Administered by the foundation, the goals include offering opportunities for nonprofits, businesses and individuals to exchange resources, information and services, thereby engendering collaboration and stronger, more efficient organizations that are better able to serve their constituencies.

Ideas Collaborative: Initiative to Develop and Engage Audiences in Syracuse

The goal of the collaborative is to strengthen arts, culture, and heritage organizations and the creative sector in Onondaga County, NY, through engagement strategies that will increase participation, identify new audience market segments, and uncover opportunities for cooperative activity and resource sharing. Refer to foundation web site for additional information and a list of the collaborative's current funding partners. E-mail:

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to a farming organization so it may cover cash flow needs to pay local farmers for their participation in a food program partnership .

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Crime prevention
  • Higher education
  • Hospital care
  • Human services
  • Senior services
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $22,169,261 (market value)

Gifts received: $195,227

Expenditures: $1,716,625

Total giving: $751,291

Qualifying distributions: $1,463,442

Giving activities include:

$751,291 for 63 grants (high: $250,038

$324,388 for 2 foundation-administered programs