The Gifford Foundation and Allyn Foundation are jointly seeking Nominations Open for Leadership Award

(Syracuse, NY) The Gifford Foundation and Allyn Foundation are jointly seeking nominations for the 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 public honor, “The Kathy” is accompanied by a $3,000 cash award intended for the recipient’s personal use.

The deadline for nominations is May 31 – for guidelines and nomination forms 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” 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.

Recipients of previous “Kathy” awards are Michael Melara, executive director of Catholic Charities; Mary Ellen Clausen, founding executive director of Ophelia’s Place; Randi Bregman, executive director of Vera House and Mary Beth Frey, executive director of the Samaritan Center. Announcement of the 2014 “Kathy” honoree will be announced in the fall.

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