Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Community Foundation's Thiel Fund Awards Nearly $250,000 for Health Needs in Wyoming County

May 15, 2015 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The William F. Thiel Fund, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently granted awards of nearly $250,000 to six Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector.

The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs as strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment. Since the Community Foundation originally commissioned the Health Needs Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents.

For the 2015 grant cycle, the William F. Thiel Fund provided awards to support healthcare programs in the following organizations:

  • Crossroads House
  • Geneseo Migrant Center
  • Spectrum Human Services
  • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc.
  • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation
  • Wyoming County Community Action

William F. Thiel was a long-time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust. Today, Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health related community organizations throughout the County.

It has been reported that one in two County residents (about 50 percent of the Wyoming County population) have benefited as a result of Mr. Thiel’s generosity and the Community Foundation’s approach to honoring his legacy.

The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the William F. Thiel granting process, please visit

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