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    A Catalyst for Change
    in Oswego County

    Dedicated to improving the quality of life in Central New York by providing grants to not-for-profit organizations.

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    “The Shineman Legacy:
    The Founder Speaks”

    The family and the story behind Richard S. Shineman Foundation and its enduring vision.


LOI Deadlines:

No upcoming dates in 2021

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Stories from our Grantees


H. Lee White Maritime Museum


The purpose of the Maritime Museum is to “promote, protect, enhance and collect the historical…


Friends of Fulton Parks


The Friends of Fulton Parks’ mission is to revitalize the Fulton city parks, in collaboration with…


The Children's Museum of Oswego


The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) has transitioned from a mobile, program-based children’s…


Fulton Block Builders


Early in the spring of 2020, it looked as if the entire Fulton Blocks Builders program would not…


Oswego Renaissance Association


The Oswego Renaissance Association, now in its eighth year, did not let the challenges of the COVID…

About the Shinemans

Dick Shineman and Barbara Palmer, two middle-aged, respected professors at SUNY Oswego in Upstate New York. A meeting in a church parking lot. A romance. A marriage. Two lives lived generously, despite vastly different backgrounds.

Few knew that Richard Shubert Shineman, a bachelor and founding chair of the college's chemistry department, had a privileged childhood, later inheriting and further building a fortune beyond most people's imaginations.

The Shineman Foundation in the News

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