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Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award

Award to a Central New York Nonprofit
Professional for Excellence in Leadership

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Gifford Foundation and Allyn Family Foundation

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Award to a New York nonprofit professional in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, or Cayuga Counties who best exemplifies the Funding Source's approach to leadership. This award recognizes leadership qualities that go beyond awards, degrees, accomplishments, and connections of either a personal or professional nature.

It is the quality of the personal interactions, and the openness to change and creative progress, that is most important to the selection committee. A monetary award will be available for the personal use of the recipient. The only restriction is that the honoree may not re-direct the award to his or her organization.

The foundation is looking for leaders with the following qualities:

To be nimble and creative:
- Honestly assessing a situation, project or direction while it is ongoing
- Being willing to make adjustments where needed
- Admitting when mistakes might be made and fixing those mistakes
- Making decisions and acting upon them in a timely manner
- Finding unusual ways to approach problems
- Having a loving sense of humor about situations and people.

To encourage lifelong learning:
- Curiosity about not only the immediate needs or concerns of one’s field of work, but also of the
community, nation and world; wide range of interests
- Never being afraid to say “I don’t know”
- Helping others to explore new ways of thinking and being willing to accept differing viewpoints

To embrace leaps of faith and not fear of failure:
- Experimenting and accepting the results, even if unexpected risk-taking
- Sharing how things work out in an honest fashion
- Encouraging others with a “why not give it a try” attitude
- Pushing self and others to stretch and move outside their comfort zone if need be

To work “with” not do “for”:
- Realizing that the smartest people in the room are those most immediately affected by a situation
- Taking no actions or making no recommendations about a group without that group being a part of decisions
- Stepping alongside when needed but knowing when to step away
- Genuinely, authentically and intentionally listening and acting upon what one hears
- To work from the bottom up rather than the top down.

To fully engage in collaborative approaches:
- Giving up something when necessary
- Keeping one’s promises
- Being a true, honest and respectful partner
- Changing and adapting
- Knowing when to lead and when to be led
- Being imaginative about who or why one collaborates
- Knowing that trust takes time
- Seeing the big picture
- Understanding that collaborative work is hard, lengthy but worthwhile.

To at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth:
- Encouraging opportunities for learning and growth amongst colleagues and employees and actively acting upon these opportunities
- Having a sense of optimism about people
- Knowing where one came from and envisioning where one is going
- Not being afraid to honestly give counsel in a respectful way
- Believing that taking care of one’s personal needs is the most powerful way to insure professional success.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171568

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This award is given to a Central New York (Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, and Cayuga Counties) not-for-profit professional.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to submit is August 17, 2018.

The recipient will be announced at the annual “Kathy” event to be held Thursday November 1, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM in the Persian Terrace of the Hotel Syracuse Downtown.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit nominations online:

For further information contact:
Lindsay McClung, Director of Community Grantmaking
315-474-2489 x18

The Gifford Foundation
100 Clinton Square
126 North Salina Street
3rd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202

P: 315-474-2489
F: 315-475-4983

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, and Cayuga Counties