Shineman Foundation Donates Over $460,000 to CNY Not-for-Profits

August 2, 2016 (Oswego, New York) – Fourteen Central New York not-for-profit organizations, a large percentage of which are based in Oswego County, received grant awards from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in its second grant round of 2016. Projects encompass a wide range of focus areas, including workforce training, education, health and welfare for families and seniors, arts and culture, human services, and capital campaigns.

The funded projects will benefit Oswego County on a number of fronts. The largest award -$250,000 - was given to Children’s Museum of Oswego County for its Build, Play, Grow fundraising campaign for the design, fabrication and installation of exhibits in their new location at 7 W. Bridge St, in the distinctive Buckhout-Jones building. As the only children’s museum in a 75-mile radius, CMOO will expand exhibits and provide year-round learning and recreational opportunities for the benefit of children, families, educators and caregivers.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum received second-year funding for its full-time curator, building the museum’s capacity to focus on its plan to obtain an Absolute Charter from the New York State Board of Regents, which is the first step to turn the museum into a cutting-edge Great Lakes marine museum.

The Oswego County Health Department was awarded funding in order to launch a new two-year pilot of the Healthy Families New York Visiting program for at-risk families in the county. Oswego Industries received funding for its “Caterbilities” project to provide vocational training and skill building in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Three Onondaga County not-for-profit organizations received funding to bring their programs to Oswego County. David’s Refuge provides a place of respite in Oswego County free of charge over a weekend to parents and guardians of children with special needs or life-threatening medical conditions. Syracuse Jewish Family Service is launching its “BeWell in Oswego” initiative to provide emotional wellness services to older adults and practicum training to SUNY Oswego students. With equal financial support from the city of Oswego and the Shineman Foundation, Visions for Change is bringing its “Choosing to Thrive” Workforce Development Program to Oswego.

Several arts and culture grants were awarded to the following organizations for development of collaborative programs in our community: ARTSwego in a collaboration with New York City-based The Acting Company, Ontario Center for Performing Arts (Oswego Music Hall) and Symphoria. Sponsored by the Research Foundation for SUNY, three SUNY Oswego departments received second-year funding for their inspirational approach to collaboration with local school children.  The college’s art department will be offering an expanded weekend workshop series "At the Art Studio" for children and young adults.  SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery has developed a collaborative program with local school art teachers to encompass the “Re-Start” art exhibition, including tours of the newly renovated art gallery on campus. The Oswego Youth Conservatory is expanding this year to include both Choir Boot Camp and Piano Class for Kids for grade K-12 students in Oswego County.

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About: The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to be a Catalyst for Change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County. It will engage in charitable activities with integrity, honesty and compassion, and will pursue excellence through the highest professional grant-making standards. The Foundation will use its resources to stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong social bonds that strengthen the community, and to build the capacity of its not-for-profit partners.