In keeping with our mission of being a 'catalyst for change' in our community -- the Shineman Foundation has gathered this listing of the many outstanding organizations at work in Oswego County and across the CNY region. Not only are we proud to collaborate with many of them, we wish to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the good work they do in enriching our community! (For more information on each of the entities listed, be sure to click their respective links!)
Local and National Funding Resources
Health Foundation of Western & Central New York
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
John Ben Snow Foundation
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 Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation
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.
The Gifford Foundation
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.
Central New York Community Foundation
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
- 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.
Those organizations serving Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga or Oswego counties are eligible to apply.
FEP Fundraising Fitness Test
In collaboration with PSI/Adventist, the FEP has developed the downloadable Excel-based FEP Fundraising Fitness Test that allows nonprofits to measure and evaluate their fundraising programs against a set of over 100 performance indicators by five donor giving levels. In addition, the seven GiG Reports in the downloadable Excel-based FEP Growth-in-Giving (GiG) Reports template (revised and simplified) provide concise, yet informative pictures of fundraising gains and losses-growth in giving and attrition – in a simple, reader-friendly format that the executive staff and board members can understand.
FEP Glossary of Terms Appendix
This FEP Glossary of Terms Appendix to the “AFP Fundraising Dictionary (2003) online” has been prepared to ensure clarity in nomenclature, consistency, and broad usage of the variety of categories, terms and formulas used in AFP’s Fundraising Effectiveness Project and Growth in Giving Initiative.
Interpreting the FEP Fundraising Fitness Test
Interpreting the FEP Fundraising Fitness Test
Several Fitness Test reports are available to all participants beginning with the "Top Actionable Indicators" report.