Nominations Now Open For The 2016 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award.

(Syracuse, NY) The Gifford Foundation and Allyn Foundation are jointly seeking nominations for the 2016 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award (“The Kathy”), an award given to a Central New York nonprofit professional who is creative, collaborative and embraces change. In addition to the honor, “The Kathy” is accompanied by a cash award intended for the recipient’s personal use. The award is open only to those who work in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego or Cayuga Counties.

There is a new streamlined nomination process with a deadline of May 31, 2016 – to apply go to http://www.giffordfoundation.org/nomination-form-for-kathy-goldfarb-findling-leadership-award/.

Previous ”Kathy” recipients congratulate the 2016 honoree. From left: Mike Melara, Mary Ellen Clausen, Sharon Owens (2016 recipient), Kerry Quaglia, Mary Beth Frey and Randi Bregman.

Previous ”Kathy” recipients congratulate the 2016 honoree. From left: Mike Melara, Mary Ellen Clausen, Sharon Owens (2016 recipient), Kerry Quaglia, Mary Beth Frey and Randi Bregman.

Named in honor of Gifford’s late executive director, who also served as director of strategic services for the Allyn Foundation, the “Kathy” award is given periodically to a Central New York resident who best exemplifies Ms. Goldfarb-Findling’s approach to leadership:

  • to be nimble and creative;
  • to encourage lifelong learning;
  • to embrace leaps of faith and not fear failure;
  • to work “with” not do “for;”
  • to fully engage in collaborative approaches  –
  • to at all times believe passionately in the power of change and personal growth.

The selection committee, made up of Gifford and Allyn representatives and past recipients, will review nominations over the summer. The recipient will be announced on November 3, 2016 at the “Kathy” Awards. Previous nominations are welcome.

Recipients of previous “Kathy” awards are Michael Melara, executive director of Catholic Charities (2011); Mary Ellen Clausen, founding executive director of Ophelia’s Place (2012); Randi Bregman, executive director of Vera House (2013); Mary Beth Frey, executive director of the Samaritan Center (2013); Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters (2014) and Sharon Owens, executive director of the Southwest Community Center (2015).