Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Niagara Area Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Grants to County Organizations

Apr 01, 2015 | Posted in News

Lockport, NY -- The Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) announced that grants totaling more than $50,000 were awarded to eight Niagara County nonprofit organizations in 2014. The grants, ranging up to $10,000, were awarded to support the health, human services, arts, civic needs, community development, education and environmental needs of Niagara County. Preference was given to applicants that could have the greatest impact on positive youth development and demonstrated collaboration with other organizations.

The 2014 NAF grant recipients include:

  • Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center
  • Family and Children’s Service of Niagara
  • Francis Center
  • Niagara Arts and Cultural Center
  • Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Salvation Army of Lockport
  • Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County
  • YWCA of the Tonawandas

“The Niagara Area Foundation Council is proud to have provided support to eight deserving organizations that are dedicated to understanding critical needs in the community and finding long-term sustainable solutions to improve lives in Niagara County,” said NAF Chair, Michael Piette. “Because of the commitment and generosity from our donors and clients, more than $1 million has been awarded through the Niagara Area Foundation to benefit Niagara County since the Foundation’s inception in 2000.”

The Niagara Area Foundation Council Announces 2015 Officers

The Niagara Area Foundation also announced its 2015 council members and officers. The Council includes representatives from across Niagara County.

2015 Niagara Area Foundation Council Officers:

  • Chair: Michael A. Piette, of Lockport is a community leader and is currently Partner at the Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP law firm. Michael has been a Niagara Area Foundation Council member since 2011 and remains committed to improving the lives of County residents. He currently serves on several nonprofit boards and community based committees including Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Inc., and is Ex-officio Director for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Board of Directors. As Chair, Michael will continue to dedicate himself to the objectives and ongoing initiatives of the Niagara Area Foundation.
  • Treasurer: Melissa Morinello is a resident of Niagara Falls who carries an extensive background in marketing, public relations and communications. Currently an entrepreneur and the owner of Sparkle! Marketing and Events, Melissa is devoted to helping the Niagara Area Foundation meet and fulfill the needs of the county and improve the quality of life for Niagara County residents.
  • Secretary: Janice Flood Nichols, M.Ed. of Lockport is a medical counselor from the University of Pittsburgh. She has devoted her professional life to the care of the physically disabled and to the eradication of polio as a vaccine advocate. She is the author of several books, texts, and articles in the health-related field. As a member of the Niagara Area Foundation Council, Janice will work to enhance the quality of life of Niagara County residents through health and education initiatives.

Newly Appointed Council Members:

  • Bruce Elliott of Wheatfield
  • Michael Gold of Niagara Falls
  • Randy Szukala of North Tonawanda
  • Charles Wright of Niagara Falls

Other long-serving council members include Patricia George of Lockport and Mary Ann Oliver of Niagara Falls.

Founded in 2000 as a geographic division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Niagara Area Foundation is organized by a group of Niagara County individuals who work to provide supports and charity-oriented philanthropic initiatives for residents in Niagara County. Currently, the NAF has more than $5.2 million in assets.

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