Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI)


The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative's (CGLI) mission is to increase philanthropy within and for Western New York Communities of Color. To create positive change in the lives of low-income youth of color via access to people, places, and experiences that help them achieve positive life goals.

Latest News

July 29, 2016
The CGLI’s Emerging Philanthropists of Color is currently accepting grant applications for two $2,500 awards. Local youth-serving organizations are encouraged to apply by August 31, 2016.

July 27, 2016
Call For Nominations! The CGLI's 2016 Pay It Forward Awards

The CGLI is now accepting nominations from the public for its fourth annual Pay It Forward Awards. Nominations for individuals and organizations are available for submission here.

June 27, 2016
Local Initiative Connects Communities of Color to Giving Back Through New Programs

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) announce exciting new programs aimed to expand access to philanthropy and bridge communities of color to emerging opportunities right here in Western New York. The new programs all work together to provide the knowledge and tools needed to empower and advance the work of organizations and individuals who help enrich the lives of youth of color.

  • Click here to read more about these exciting new programs that help to showcase our next generation of professionals and philanthropists of color.

May 12, 2016
Opera from a Sistah's Point of View

Opera star, Angela Brown returned to Western New York for a second time as featured presenter and partner for a CGLI Success Looks Like Me® Role Model event with Buffalo Public School students at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. During the program, Ms. Brown performed her popular one-woman-show entitled, “Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View,” along with traditional opera from the English, European and Russian schools that inspired the imaginations of children through Ms. Brown’s beautiful voice and lyrics.
  • Click here to view photos from the event.
  • Click here to read more about Angela Brown's return to Buffalo and the performance that opened the eyes of our youth.

March 4, 2016
The CGLI Launches The Young Philanthropists!
Buffalo Business First Reporter, Tracey Drury, features a story of the CGLI's launch of its new "leadership academy," The Young Philanthropists. The program launch included an exclusive tour with Buffalo Public School students of local computer device manufacturer, BAK USA. The Young Philanthropists is a three-week program designed to spark students' curiosity about grantmaking and community impact while inspiring their passion and generosity.

  • Click here to read: Foundation Programs Work to Create Young Philanthropists of Color.
  • Click here for photos from this event.

November 12, 2015
Bridging Generations: 2015 Pay It Forward Awards
The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recently recognized four individuals and organizations at its third annual Pay It Forward Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 12, 2015. The following individuals and organizations were honored at this year's event with the 2015 Pay It Forward award:

  • Southwest Airlines
  • The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Honorable Hugh B. Scott
  • Cynthia Edwards
  • Click here for more information and to view photos from the event.

October 9, 2015
The CGLI Anticipates Another Eye Opening Trip to Detroit!
Buffalo News Business Reporter, Emma Sapong, reports on the CGLI's much anticipated trip to the General Motors (GM) Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan as part of our Success Looks Like Me® series. In partnership with the GM Foundation and the Buffalo Public Schools, a group of 14 local female high school students are being provided the opportunity to meet other women executives of color in the STEM fields.

  • Click here to read: Some Area Girls to See Success Comes in all Colors.

Contact Us

For more information on the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative, contact CGLI Director, Landrum Beard by email at or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 231.

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