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    Dr. Richard S. Shineman Professor of Chemistry

    Dr. Arsalan Mirjafari and his students meet with Barbara Shineman in the Richard S. Shineman Science and Engineering Center on SUNY Oswego's campus.

    Dr. Mirjafari serves as the Richard S. Shineman Endowed Chemistry Chair and shared his vision for teaching and engaging students and his upcoming plans for research and programming.

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    Virtual Library

    Need information about fundraising or board governance? Our new virtual library is full of valuable resources on these topics and more.

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    Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities

    More than a grant-maker, we offer a range of opportunities for training, networking and capacity building to qualified nonprofit organizations in Oswego County.


Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:

No upcoming dates in 2023

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Board Meetings & Grant Awards:

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Stories from our Grantees


Shineman Foundation Awards Fulton Block Builders Matching $125,000 Grant for 2023 Block Challenge Program


“We did it, Fulton! Once again, you came through to support the Fulton Block Builder (FBB) program…


Oswego County Habitat for Humanity Awarded a Two-Year Grant


The Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to improving the stability of families through…


Grant from the Shineman Foundation helps drive the Fulton Dream Courts


The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is going one on one to challenge the Fulton community to support…


Shineman Foundation Supports OCO Youth Shelter


For the past 31 years Oswego County Opportunities’ Homeless Services has been a safe haven for…


Oswego Lacrosse Foundation to Sponsor Men's Senior Box Lacrosse Team


With assistance from Mayor Billy Barlow and the city of Oswego, as well as a substantial grant from…


Fulton Public Library Children's Room Renovations


The children’s room at the Fulton Public Library has reopened after being closed for a month due to…


Shineman Foundation Grant to ORA Marks Another Year of Revitalization and Growth


The restoration of front porches. The colorfully painted historic homes. The flower gardens along…


Shineman Foundation Awards Fulton Block Builders a Matching $125,000 Grant


The Richard S. Shineman Foundation’s vision is to act as a “catalyst for change” to enhance the…

About the Shinemans

Dick Shineman and Barbara Palmer, two middle-aged, respected professors at SUNY Oswego in Upstate New York. A meeting in a church parking lot. A romance. A marriage. Two lives lived generously, despite vastly different backgrounds.

Few knew that Richard Shubert Shineman, a bachelor and founding chair of the college's chemistry department, had a privileged childhood, later inheriting and further building a fortune beyond most people's imaginations.

The Shineman Foundation in the News

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Winter 2023