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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 funding 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.