Nominations Open for the 2015 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award

(Syracuse, NY) The Gifford Foundation and Allyn Foundation are jointly seeking nominations for the 2015 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. Deadline for applications is June 15, 2015 – to apply go to

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 the not-for-profit professional 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 staff and board and a previous “Kathy” recipient, will review nominations received by the June 15 deadline.  Finalists will be selected in September and the “Kathy” recipient will be announced on November 5, 2015 at the “Kathy” Awards. Previous nominations are welcome with a simple narrative update.

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); and Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters (2014).

“We believe that ‘The Kathy’ award is unique in that it celebrates leadership qualities that go beyond degrees, awards, connections and accomplishments of either a personal or professional nature,” notes Gifford Foundation executive director Dirk Sonneborn. “It is the quality of the personal interactions, and the openness to change and creative progress, that is most important to the selection committee.”


About The Gifford Foundation

The Gifford Foundation is a private foundation supporting community needs in Central New York since 1954.  Through its grantmaking, they fund organizations in an intentionally transformative and flexible manner.  This is based on a fundamental belief that change at the individual and/or organizational level holds the potential to institute change at broader community levels. For information visit