Local Foundations Serving Oswego County and CNY

Oswego County Community Foundation (https://www.cnycf.org/oswego)

The Oswego County Community Foundation (“Fund”) is a philanthropic initiative to attract and retain permanent charitable dollars for the benefit of Oswego County. This charitable endowment will serve as a collection of gifts from many donors who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in this region. Nonprofit agencies that serve the region with programs in arts & culture, environment & animals, education, human services, health and civic affairs will all benefit from your gifts, into perpetuity. This Fund is administered by the Central New York Community Foundation, but only benefits charitable organizations serving Oswego County. A volunteer, local Advisory Council comprised of Oswego County citizens oversees the distribution of these charitable dollars.

John Ben Snow Foundation (http://www.johnbensnow.org)

The John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc. was established in 1948 by John Ben Snow and continues to operate under the terms of its original charter. The present members of its Board, six in numbers, includes person of diverse occupational backgrounds and geographic areas. The John Ben Snow Foundation focuses funding for tax-exempt organizations primarily serving Central New York across a range of program areas. The Board meets once a year, usually in June, to approve new grants and review previously funded projects.

In 1975, two years after his death, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust was established in New York. The four original trustees were a member of the Snow family, a lawyer, a publishing associate and a corporate trustee, the Irving Trust Company, now BNY Mellow N.A. The current trustees continue this legacy being well aware of the donor and his beliefs, values and ideals. The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust strategically focuses funding within specific geographic regions of the United State across a range of program areas. They meet once a year, usually in June.

The Gifford Foundation (http://www.giffordfoundation.org)

The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation (The Gifford Foundation) is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care by Rosamond Gifford in 1954. 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 people of Central New York.

As an independent private foundation with a visionary board, the Gifford Foundation is uniquely positioned as an innovative presence in Central New York. Through their initiatives, grantmaking and community engagement, they direct their support in an intentionally transformative and flexible manner. It is their fundamental belief that change at the individual or organizational level holds the potential to institute change at broader community levels.

Health Foundation of Western & Central New York (http://www.hfwcny.org/)

Founded in 2002 as the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, they awarded their first grants in April 2004. Since that time, they have awarded more than 400 grants totaling more than $30 million to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York. From its inception, they have focused their funding on programs that improve health outcomes for two of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in their regions – older adults and children birth to age five who are impacted by poverty. They serve 16 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York, as well as Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties in central New York.

Funding is considered for programs that are in line with their mission, vision and values, and support one or more of three focus areas:

  • Vulnerable Older Adults
  • Young Children Impacted by Poverty
  • Community Health Capacity

The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation (http://www.reismanfoundation.org)

Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman owned the Wine Merchants, Ltd. Companies, located in New York, Ohio and Florida, for more than 50 years. Throughout their lives, the Reismans were passionate supporters of community organizations. Marshall was always willing to give an opportunity to someone who had a desire to succeed. The Foundation looks for that “desire to succeed” in its applicants.

The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its resources to enhance the quality of life through support of organizations located primarily in Onondaga County, New York. The Foundation is governed by federal tax law and accordingly disburses funds to tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Reisman Foundation is pro-active in seeking grant proposals from qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations as well as accepting unsolicited proposals.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ONLY

Central New York Community Foundation (http://www.cnycf.org

The Central New York Community Foundation’s Strategic Partnership Fund supports organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits that will enable them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited financial and human resources.

Grants from the Strategic Partnership Fund support willing organizations pursuing the following:

  • Exploration, Pre-Negotiation, Negotiation & Due Diligence
  • Administrative consolidation
  • Joint programming
  • Joint venture
  • Regionalization
  • Formation of subsidiary or parent-subsidiary
  • Reengineering or restructuring
  • Mergers and consolidations
  • Nonprofit dissolutions

Funds will be made available for nonrecurring costs related specifically to implementing strategic partnership activities listed above. Typical expenses include professional, legal, human resource management, information management, organizational development and/or technical assistance required to accomplish a desired change.

Locations:

Those organizations serving Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga or Oswego counties are eligible to apply.

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