Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation President & CEO honored as Canisius College Distinguished Citizen

May 12, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY - Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo President and CEO, Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker receives the Canisius College 2016 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award for her leadership in the community and commitment to the Western New York region.

In her current role as Community Foundation President and CEO, Clotilde leads a focused growth and impact strategy dedicated to connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Under her leadership, the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public and private sector collaborations to advance systemic change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention, organizational development for arts organizations and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Clotilde oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch Say Yes to Education in Buffalo. The initiative offers a college tuition guarantee for graduates of traditional public and charter schools in the city along with a coordinated system of supports.

In addition to Clotilde’s efforts on behalf of Western New York, she serves on several national boards including The Foundation Center and The Global Fund for Community Foundations. She is the only North American member serving on this international board, which also includes representatives from Africa, Asia and Europe. The board of directors for the Global Fund for Community Foundations supports a mission of enhancing and expanding community philanthropy worldwide.

Clotilde previously served on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. She is also a former co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer, past president of the Association of Junior Leagues International and past president of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Locally, Clotilde has served on many boards including the Albright Knox Art Gallery and National Federation for Just Communities.

A frequent speaker on philanthropy, community impact and non-profit governance, Clotilde’s efforts earned her the Governor’s Award for Service and the President’s Award for Service. In 2011, The Buffalo News recognized Clotilde as one of its Outstanding Citizens.

Clotilde holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Canisius College (1982) and a master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Watch the video below, honoring Clotilde as the Canisius College 2016 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award Recipient:

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