The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is a private foundation established by the bequest of Richard S. Shineman, who was a tenured professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego. As a man of many intellectual interests and a deep passion for his community, Mr. Shineman made a provision in his will for the establishment of a foundation that would serve the broad needs of Oswego County and Central New York.
Driven by his vision and with continuing guidance from Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman, today's Richard S. Shineman Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in the communities we serve -- particularly within Oswego County. We fulfill this mission in three ways:
- Grantmaking to qualified non-profits whose goals, programming, or mission we support. With an utmost commitment to integrity, honesty, compassion, and the pursuit of excellence in the discipline of grantmaking, our grants are made on an annual basis, following a uniform and proven process, and based on specific criteria.
- Collaboration with like-minded not-for-profit organizations, economic development agencies, local governments, and other community partners and resources to advance our mutual goals of improving the quality of life and future of Oswego County.
- Educational workshops focused on helping area non-profits help themselves and increase sustainability through increased capacity, successful programming, and other best-practices.