Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

21st Century Fund

What is the 21st Century Fund?

It is a giving circle open to anyone who wants to give back to Western New York. The one-time membership fees are pooled together and members vote on providing funding to one organization. A $100,000 grant is awarded every two years following a member-driven vetting and voting process.

Why should you join?

Our giving circle makes philanthropy accessible to everyone. Together, members provide a deserving organization with the funds to take on a project that will impact our community. Once you are a member, you are a member for life. It is a fun, exciting and inspiring process of which anyone can be a part.

Membership Details

  • You can join as an individual, a family or gift a membership to another individual or group. Each membership equals one vote.
  • A lifetime membership is $2,100 and payable over five years.
  • Under the age of 35? A lifetime membership is $1,000 and payable over five years.

Final Vote Event

  • The final vote for the 2018 21st Century Fund will take place on Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hohn Auditorium at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The following four organizations will present for the $100,000 grant award:

Aquarium of Niagara: Jellyfish Exhibit

Buffalo City Mission: Medical Discharge Quad in the New Buffalo City Mission

Jericho Road Community Health Center: Expanding Access to Health Care, Community Services, and Economic Opportunity on Buffalo’s East Side

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club: 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project

If you would like to attend the final vote event, R.S.V.P. to Andrew Gaerte at by April 30th, 2018.

Details about the seven semi-finalists can be viewed here.

Key dates for the 2018 grant cycle can be viewed here.

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