Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Community Foundation Awards over $400,000 to Organizations in Western New York

Jul 15, 2014 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY — The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced awards totaling more than $400,000 to 20 Western New York nonprofit organizations through its 2014 competitive grant process. Grant amounts range up to $40,000 and have been awarded to area nonprofit organizations that address the Community Foundations four strategic community goals. Grant awards are made possible by clients who have established funds at the Community Foundation to address our community’s most critical needs.

“Thanks to the generous donors who entrust their charitable assets to the Community Foundation, we are well positioned to address the changing needs of the community over time. By supporting these deserving organizations and their important work, we are forging new solutions to many of our region’s long-standing challenges,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The Community Foundation awards annual grants to nonprofit organizations with programs that address one or more of the Community Foundation’s four community goals: Improve educational achievement for low-income students; Increase racial/ethnic equity; Enhance and leverage significant natural resources; and Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts, and culture. This funding is one piece of the Community Foundation’s annual investment in Western New York, which totaled more than $12 million in 2013. In addition to deploying resources at client’s request, the Community Foundation actively secures funding for Western New York from statewide and national funders, totaling over $31 million in the last seven (7) years.

Community Foundation competitive grant recipients for 2014 include:

  • BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund
  • Buffalo Religious Arts Center
  • Child and Family Services of Erie County
  • D’Youville College
  • Field and Fork Network
  • Gerard Place
  • Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo
  • Graycliff Conservancy
  • Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
  • Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
  • Just Buffalo Literacy Center
  • Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes
  • Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties
  • Partnership for the Public Good
  • People United for Sustainable Housing
  • Perry Rotary Foundation/Read Around Perry
  • Roycroft Campus Corporation
  • Teach For America
  • University at Buffalo Foundation
  • WNY Book Arts Center

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo holds over 750 funds with assets totaling more than $300 million and is one of the region’s largest grantmakers. For more information on the Foundation’s competitive grants process, please visit

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