Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Fund Awards over $300,000 to Programs in Wyoming County

Mar 14, 2013 | Posted in News

BUFFALO, NY, March 14, 2013 – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s William F. Thiel Fund announced awards of over $300,000 to six Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector. Grant awards were provided to organizations in support of the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment.

Originally commissioned in 2006 and updated for 2012, the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment was created to identify strategic priorities in honor of Mr. Thiel’s request and goal, to improve health outcomes for Wyoming County residents. As a result, the Thiel Trust prioritized awards to support health services programs that identify coordinated/increased access to mental healthcare services, infrastructure to support delivery of health services, and increased availability of healthcare services.

The William F. Thiel Trust provided awards to support healthcare programs in the following organizations:

  • Geneseo Migrant Center
  • Oak Orchard Health
  • Spectrum Human Services
  • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center
  • Wyoming County Hospital Foundation
  • Wyoming County Community Action

Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

“What we’ve done to honor Mr. Thiel’s charitable wishes is a great example of how a community foundation can go above and beyond to fulfill a donor’s legacy,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President andCEO of the Community Foundation.

Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to provide monetary supports to the hospital, and other health related community organizations throughout Wyoming County. As quoted from Mr. Thiel’s Estate, “From this gift shall be used and applied for the use and benefit of the health requirements of the residents of Wyoming County, New York.”

Since 2007, it is estimated that 10,800 Wyoming County residents (*1 in 4*) have benefited as a result of Mr. Thiel’s generosity and the Community Foundation’s approach to honoring his legacy.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. The Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.

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