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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


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


    Grantees


    REG LENNA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

    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.

    JAMES PRENDERGAST LIBRARY

    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.

    CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION

    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.

     

    HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES

    Good things happen behind this door!

    Good things happen behind this door!

    MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

    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.  

    New Bus for Senior Day Programs

    New Bus for Senior Day Programs

    CHAUTAUQUA ADULT DAY CARE

    The Sheldon Foundation has supported the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc. since 1989 with a wide variety of capital equipmentneeds and facility improvements.  This organization now operates programs in four sites across the county.  Our more recent grants have been used to replace the flooring in their Alzheimer/Dementia Respite Day Care Program facility in Jamestown and to provide local matching funds for a NYS grant to purchase a new handicapped accessible bus. This new bus is a welcome addition to their fleet and will be used daily to transport elderly clients to and from their senior day programs .

    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.

    Photo: TRZ, Inc.

    Photo: TRZ, Inc.

    THE RELIEF ZONE, INC.

    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. 


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