Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Emerging Philanthropists of Color Award Inaugural Grants

Nov 21, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s (CGLI) new grant opportunity under the Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) giving circle, announced two grant awards of $2,500 each to two Western New York youth-serving nonprofit organizations including: Ballin for a Cause and The College Simulation Experience.

Both organizations focus on providing services for students in Buffalo, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls that: support and promote diversity, improve educational achievement for students living in low-income communities and increase racial/ethnic equity.

Ballin for a Cause, an organization that utilizes sports as a tool to engage youth in year-round positive programs, features four core areas in their programming efforts including: education, youth sports, health and community giving in their programming efforts.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be one of the first recipients of the Emerging Philanthropists of Color grant opportunity,” said Lindsey Taylor, Executive Director of Ballin for a Cause. “As emerging leaders in Western New York, it means a great deal to our organization as we continue to support and invest in our very own community. This grant allows us to support our new programs for 2017 and enhance our current programs.”

The second organization receiving the grant called The College Simulation Experience, provides an interactive curriculum that enhances knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of college and adult life as students’ transition from high school to collegiate life.

“As we enter our second year of programming, we've been afforded the opportunity to impact a total of 1,700 Western New York students to date,” said April Baskin, Executive Director of The College Simulation Experience. “For the last eight months we've desired to widen our curriculum and reach more students and now with the EPC grant, we are on the road to reaching our new goal. We are so elated to have a new funding stream to pilot our 12-week simulation workshop with a local school in need of college readiness and soft skill development.”

EPC was created under a giving circle model to provide an innovative approach to giving for professionals of color. Speaking about his experience with EPC, Derrick Parson said, “this is not just about giving money, but about the desire to give back to someone else and is also the foundation that keeps this going because it means the world to the person who received funding.”

The EPC presented the two grants during the CGLI’s fourth annual Pay It Forward Awards event ceremony on November 16, 2016. The CGLI’s Pay It Forward Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color in Western New York. This year’s Pay It Forward honorees included:

  • Mr. Charles E. Balbach
  • Ms. Tracy J. Cardwell
  • Buffalo Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

The CGLI, a fund and initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, was created to increase philanthropy within and for Western New York communities of color. The CGLI’s EPC program was designed to introduce professionals of color to collective giving and offers a group setting for mentoring and networking, as well as an opportunity for one-on-one meetings and philanthropic inspiration. Yearly contributions from each member are pooled together to provide annual grants to youth-serving organizations.

For more information about the EPC program and membership details, please visit

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