The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation funds programs and provides grants for projects in southern Chautauqua County, NY, by non-profit organizations in support of the arts, education, youth, health care and the environment.
Our mission is to continue the legacy of the Sheldon family through perpetuation of philanthropy. The Sheldon Foundation devotes financial assistance to advance the physical, educational and cultural well-being of the people in the southerly portion of Chautauqua County, New York; and honors the memory of its founder, Isabella M. Sheldon and her husband, Ralph C. Sheldon.
The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc. upholds through its actions and grant making the following values:
The Sheldon Foundation made a $1.5 million multi-year commitment towards the renovation of its five building complex on Main Street in Downtown, Jamestown, NY. This three phased project is anticipated to begin in 2017.
The Sheldon Foundation has generously supported the James Prendergast Library since 1989 for both operating and capital needs. We recently awarded $80,000 for operating expenses in 2017.
Since 1988, The Sheldon Foundation has supported the Institution's Annual Fund and most recently granted $600,000 towards the construction of a new amphitheater scheduled to open June 2017.
For the past three years, the Sheldon Foundation has supported this organization's Peer Recovery Program. The MHA provides services to help men, women and families overcome the effects of mental illness and drug addiction.
The Sheldon Foundation has supported Striders since 1988. The goal of Chautauqua Striders is to help youth graduate from high school with the knowledge, skill and confidence required for their future. Through various tutoring, educational mentoring, and track programs, this organization is able to meet the individual needs of a wide range of youth.
"GREAT FUTURES START HERE!" The Sheldon Foundation has supported this youth organization in various ways since 1989; most recently directing funds towards its after school programs. The Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and fun environment for youth, while encouraging academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
The Sheldon Foundation has supported the YMCAof Jamestown on an annual basis since 1988 with both operating and capital support for its Downtown Jamestown, Lakewood, and Eastside branches and Camp Onyasha, located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake.
One of the YWCA's signature programs is the TEAM (Teenage Education and Motherhood) Program. This program, in partnership with Jamestown Public Schools, provides academic and socio-emotional support services for area teen mothers and their babies. It strives to develop strong positive parenting skills, and encourages the completion of a high school education. The Sheldon Foundation has supported this program annually since 1988.
This small not-for-profit is located in Frewsburg, NY and their mission is to equip, unify and serve the school, churches and families in its community. TRZ provides wrap-around day care for elementary school age students, summer day care, and a teen outreach program. The Sheldon Foundation has provided funding for this organization since 2007.