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    A Catalyst for Change
    in Oswego County

    Dedicated to improving the quality of life in Oswego County and Central New York by providing grants to nonprofit organizations.

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    “The Shineman Legacy:
    The Founder Speaks”

    The family and the story behind Richard S. Shineman Foundation and its enduring vision.

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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.

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    Proud of our $4 Million Gift to SUNY Oswego!

    Our historic gift was instrumental in establishing the Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering & Innovation


Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:

No upcoming dates in 2022

Grant Application Deadlines:

Round 3:

Board Meetings & Grant Awards:


*Signifies grant awards

Stories from our Grantees


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…


Shineman Awards $63,000 to Imagination Library in Oswego County


The Richard S. Shineman Foundation recently awarded a $63,000 grant to the United Way of Greater…


Restore CNY - 'The Hub'


Many children are in crisis from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, there's a group of…


The Impact of the Shineman Foundation


The Fulton Family YMCA is an association united by a common goal to strengthen our communities and…

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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Spring 2022