Our Mission & Vision

"A Catalyst For Change"


The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is 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 grantmaking 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.


As a leading philanthropic organization, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation will be a transformative “Catalyst for Change” to create a vibrant community life for the Oswego County region.