Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Charlotte Albright Fund

A Love for Animals That Carries On

With a family deeply rooted in the Western New York arts landscape, Charlotte Albright ensured that her own love for animals would also live on for generations to come. When paging through her personal photo albums, you’ll see many photos of beloved family pets that paint a clear picture of her kinship with animals.

The great-granddaughter of Elbridge G. Spaulding, Buffalo’s 13th mayor, and granddaughter of industrialist John J. Albright, whose generous gift in 1900 led to the building of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Charlotte never married or had children. She was a talented artist who had a special relationship with her animals and was considered a horse-racing enthusiast.

To honor her wishes, Charlotte turned to her trusted attorney, the late Robert Plache, to ensure her legacy and love of animals would carry on. Together, they determined that her estate would establish the Charlotte Albright Fund at the Community Foundation. The Fund would be invested and annual distributions would be made to the SPCA serving Erie County.

Charlotte passed away in 2007 at the age of 97. However, her love of animals and a deep connection to her community will continue to be recognized in her name for generations to come.

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