Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's William F. Thiel Fund Awards Over $200,000 to Program

Apr 11, 2014 | Posted in News

The William F. Thiel Fund, a fund held at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently granted awards of over $200,000 to five Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector. Grant awards are 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 to honor Mr. Thiel’s request with a goal to improve health outcomes for Wyoming County residents. The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications that support health services programs and identify coordinated/increased access to mental healthcare services, infrastructure to support delivery of health services, and increased availability of healthcare services.

For the 2013-2014 granting cycle, the William F. Thiel Fund provided awards to support healthcare programs in the following organizations:

  • Geneseo Migrant Center
  • Oak Orchard Health
  • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation
  • Wyoming County Community Action

William Thiel was a long time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area and left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Fund. As taken 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.”

Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to provide monetary supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health related community organizations throughout the County.

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.

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