Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable

As you look around our region, we are feeling new energy, seeing new construction and hearing about new opportunities. To continue this momentum – even accelerate it – we must ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential.

In late 2016, the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, a group of 30 community leaders from public, private, nonprofit and faith institutions convened by the Community Foundation, announced the release of The Racial Equity Dividend: Buffalo’s Great Opportunity. This report documents how systemic disparities in the Greater Buffalo region create differential outcomes by race and quantifies the economic gains to be realized by all of us when we achieve racial equity.

“I urge all members of our community to learn more about this racial equity initiative and to get on board with it. Together we can confront the challenges facing our city as we build toward a stronger, brighter future for Buffalo,” said Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

More than 70 organizations are already in the early stages of partnering with the Roundtable to develop more coordinated solutions in areas such as workforce development, education and citizen re-entry.

The Roundtable is also promoting the use of the Racial Equity and Impact Analysis. This user-friendly tool helps corporations and organizations think about how they can contribute to closing the racial equity opportunity gap while strengthening their performance. More than 130 leaders representing government, business and nonprofits have already participated in this training.

To read the full report, learn about Racial Equity and Impact Analysis training or find ways to join the collaborative efforts of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, visit

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