Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

$200,000 Awarded to Wyoming County Health Care Programs Through the William F. Thiel Fund

Apr 20, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The William F. Thiel Fund, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently granted a total of $200,000 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 $2.2 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents.

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 at the Community Foundation. Today, Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health related community organizations throughout the County.

For the 2016 grant cycle, the William F. Thiel Fund has provided awards to support health care programs in the following organizations:

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

A recent study has indicated that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited as a result of Mr. Thiel’s generosity and the Community Foundation’s commitment 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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