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Mission


The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, in Jamestown, NY, recently completed a $5.2 million renovation of their five building complex. The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation contributed $1.75 million towards this project.

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Mission


The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, in Jamestown, NY, recently completed a $5.2 million renovation of their five building complex. The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation contributed $1.75 million towards this project.

From its modest beginnings in 1948, when $300 was given away, the Foundation now grants an average of $2.2 million annually.  In the past 70 years, the Foundation has awarded over $57.5 million to local organizations. 

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. 

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Values


Values


The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Inc. upholds through its actions and grant making the following values:

  1. Nurturing those in need and encouraging self-sufficiency.

  2. Building a strong community by funding dedicated and successful qualified charitable organizations who provide: healthcare, education, scientific achievement, culture, arts and humanities.

  3. Preserving the memory of Isabella M. Sheldon, the founder of the original family foundation and her husband Ralph C. Sheldon.

  • A dedication to preserving the value of a strong financial asset base.

  • Performing the work of its Mission with the highest integrity and ethics.

  • Fostering awareness and understanding of its Mission within the communities it serves.

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Grantees


Grantees


JCC MUSIC DEPARTMENT

The music department at Jamestown Community

College was renovated and expanded with the help

of $1.1 million grant from the Sheldon Foundation.

It welcomed students at the beginning of the 2019

spring semester.

Good things happen behind this door!

Good things happen behind this door!

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

For the past four 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.  

"Explore! Experience! Excel!" at Infinity

"Explore! Experience! Excel!" at Infinity

INFINITY VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS, INC.

The Sheldon Foundation has supported Infinity since 2005.  It has grown from a small musical youth outreach program to a robust school, which offers a wide variety of lessons in the  visual and performing arts.  It serves over 325 students and promotes creativity in a positive and supportive environment.  Infinity hires dozens of local arts and music professionals, who are dedicated educators and mentors for its students.

Photo: Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club

Photo: Winifred Crawford Dibert Boys & Girls Club

WINIFRED CRAWFORD DIBERT BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF JAMESTOWN

"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. 

Photo: YMCA Camp Onyahsa

Photo: YMCA Camp Onyahsa

YMCA OF JAMESTOWN

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. 

Photo: YWCA of Jamestown

Photo: YWCA of Jamestown

YWCA OF JAMESTOWN

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.

Parents are the first and most important teachers!

Parents are the first and most important teachers!

JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY LEARNING COUNCIL

The mission of JCLC is to "strengthen the capacity of families to nurture, support and provide for their child's academic development , emotional growth, and physical well-being by establishing effective relationships between home and school".  This organization has received annual operating support from the Sheldon Foundation since 1992. 


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