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Mission


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Mission


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


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Values


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

  • Nurturing those in need and encouraging self-sufficiency.
  • Building a strong community by funding dedicated and successful qualified charitable organizations who provide: healthcare, education, scientific achievement, culture, arts and humanities.
  • 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


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    Grantees


    Jamestown Audubon Society

    The Sheldon Foundation has regularly supported the Jamestown Audubon Society since 1989 for a wide range of grants including: general operating support, capital improvement projects, new administrative computers, instructional technology, solar energy infrastructure and most recently, a challenge grant for new members.

    Jamestown Community Learning Council

    Beginning in 1992, the Sheldon Foundation has provided annual operating support for the Jamestown Community Learning Council. JCLC’s mission 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.

    United Way of Southern Chautauqua Co.

    Since 1949, when it was known as the Jamestown Community Chest, the Sheldon Foundation has regularly contributed to a united fundraising appeal to support local human service agencies. Today, the Sheldon Foundation not only provides generous annual grants to the United Way, but also directly supports many of its member organizations.