Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Community Foundation's 21st Century Fund Announces Final Four Organizations for $100,000 Grant

Mar 16, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The 21st Century Fund announced that four local organizations have been chosen by a member vote as finalists for a $100,000 grant to be awarded in mid-April. The four finalists are: Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Gerard Place, and Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club.

The 21st Century Fund is a giving circle open to anyone who wants to give back to Western New York. The Fund is unique in that it makes philanthropy accessible to everyone. Members pay a one-time fee to join and come together every other year to vote on awarding a $100,000 grant to one deserving organization for a specific project. The 2014 winner chosen by the members was Explore & More Children’s Museum.

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 the 21st Century Fund invited eight local organizations to present a project through a table display that the organization would complete if awarded the $100,000 grant. The members of the 21st Century Fund had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with each organization before casting their votes for the four finalists.

Below are the final four organizations that will give a presentation on their proposed project to 21st Century Fund members before they cast a final vote in April.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo
Project: Great Futures Renovation Project
Description: The funds would transform our Butler Mitchell Clubhouse into a multi-use facility that will be utilized year round by school-aged children and engage partner agencies to deliver adult & family programs.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
Project: Botanical Gardens Greenhouse 2 and 3 Exhibits
Description: The funds would be used to reconstruct greenhouses 2 and 3 and replant the exhibits of those greenhouses.

Gerard Place
Project: Gerard Place Education and Community Center Training Kitchen
Description: The funds would be used to purchase equipment for an industrial kitchen for culinary training and prepare meals for the Center’s childcare center and for the homeless.

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club
Project: 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project
Description: The funds would be used to upgrade and revitalize the clubhouse to expand outreach and service to hundreds more youth and teens in Niagara Falls.

The final vote and check presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Hohn Auditorium at the Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The 21st Century Fund is a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. For more information about the 21st Century Fund and membership details, visit

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