Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Awards Over $400,000 to Western New York Organizations

Oct 01, 2015 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY — The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced awards totaling more than $400,000 to 25 Western New York nonprofit organizations through its 2015 competitive grants process. Grants have been awarded to area nonprofit organizations in support of the Community Foundation’s four strategic community goals:

  • Improve educational achievement for low-income students;
  • Increase racial/ethnic equity;
  • Enhance and leverage significant natural resources;
  • 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. Last year, the Community Foundation invested more than $14 million in community organizations on behalf of its clients.

Community Foundation competitive grant recipients for 2015 include:

  • Buffalo Arts Studio
  • Buffalo City Mission
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Niagara RiverKEEPER
  • Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Child and Adolescent Treatment Services
  • Colored Musicians’ Club of Buffalo
  • Cradle Beach
  • Danceability
  • Erie County SPCA
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal
  • International Institute of Buffalo
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center
  • Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County
  • Journey’s End Refugee Service
  • Medaille College
  • Martin House Restoration Corporation
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project
  • National Federation for Just Communities
  • Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club
  • Olmsted Center for Sight
  • Richardson Center Corporation
  • Springville Center for the Arts
  • Valley Community Association
  • Young Audiences of WNY

Grant awards are made possible by clients who have established funds at the Community Foundation to address our community’s most critical needs.

“For 96 years the Community Foundation has committed to working tirelessly on behalf of our clients who have entrusted us with their charitable assets and asked us to carry on their legacy according to their wishes forever,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. “As a result of our clients’ generosity, we are able to provide support to these deserving organizations and their important work that addresses some of our region’s most significant long-standing challenges, today and in the future.”

Since 2013, the Community Foundation has increased the number of partners engaged in various initiatives. To date, the Community Foundation has attracted $35 million in funding from outside of Western New York to invest in the region.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo holds over 775 funds with assets totaling more than $300 million and is one of the region’s largest grantmakers. For more information on the Community Foundation’s competitive grants process, please visit

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