Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Awards Inaugural Grants from Funds to Honor Legacy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Aug 18, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced today that nineteen organizations from across Western New York received grants from endowment funds created to carry on Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s legacy of giving and visionary leadership.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established these endowments at the Community Foundation in November 2015 to provide support to three areas that were important to Mr. Wilson during his lifetime: cancer care, community assets, and youth sports. Endowment funds, like these created to honor Mr. Wilson, are designed to grow over time and provide funding for charitable causes according to a client’s wishes.

“We are honored that the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has chosen the Community Foundation to be its philanthropic partner in ensuring Mr. Wilson’s charitable legacy lives on forever,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. “Together we are connecting the generosity of Mr. Wilson with people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.”

The following grants were awarded through an open, competitive application process from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Funds at the Community Foundation:

Grants from The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Fund for Cancer Care

  • Kevin Guest House - $25,000 to support five blood and marrow transplant patients and their caregivers for an average stay of 100 nights each
  • Genesee Cancer Assistance - $15,000 to provide financial assistance for cancer patients in Genesee County
  • Kaleida Health - $13,145 for a therapy program for patients in WNY experiencing Lymphedema, a complication of cancer treatment
  • Kaely’s Kindness Foundation - $7,500 to support a treatment-related health education program for girls
  • Brian Moorman’s PUNT Foundation - $4,785 to provide financial assistance to families battling pediatric cancer
  • Camp Good Days and Special Times - $4,785 for year-round programming for children with cancer
  • Matthew Foster Foundation - $4,785 to provide financial assistance to families battling childhood cancer

Grants from The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Fund for Community Assets

  • Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity - $15,000 to support restoration efforts within Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica
  • Roycroft Campus Corporation - $15,000 for the preservation of the historic Print Shop, built in 1901
  • Buffalo Zoo - $15,000 to support the renovation of the Reptile House, an exhibit space that has been in use for over 70 years
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens - $10,000 to conduct a feasibility study to determine the next steps for a Capital Campaign to build out the Master Plan
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery - $10,000 to support Picasso: The Artist and His Models, the second chapter of the Albright-Knox’s Transformations in Modern Art exhibit
  • Martin House Restoration Corporation - $10,000 to support the integration of a collections management system

Grants from The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Fund for Youth Sports

  • Buffalo Seminary - $23,960 to support UGOSEM, a collaborative program to improve physical and mental fitness and academic performance
  • Girls on the Run of Buffalo - $20,000 for a scholarship fund allowing girls to participate in the program free of charge and receive new sneakers
  • Nardin Academy - $18,500 for the construction of a multisport community athletic complex for shared use by Nardin, Tapestry Charter School and other community groups
  • The First Tee of WNY - $15,000 for programming that introduces at-risk youth to golf and soccer to build life and character skills and healthy habits in collaboration with Tapestry Charter School and Algonquin Sports
  • Resource Council of WNY - $12,500 to purchase fitness, sports, recreation and safety equipment for “Project Power Play,” an afterschool initiative for at-risk children and their families
  • Salvation Army - $10,040 to update gyms and sporting equipment at six locations in Erie and Niagara Counties so children and families have a place to improve their physical, emotional and social wellness

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