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Peter C. Cornell Trust

Peter C. Cornell

Dr. Peter C. Cornell circa 1929. Photo by Blank-Stoller, Inc.

The Peter C. Cornell Trust was established in 1949 by the Will of Dr. Peter C. Cornell, of Buffalo, NY. Its founding Trustees were Katharine Cornell, his daughter, and his nephews, John Cornell and S. Douglas Cornell. The Cornell Trust continues to be led by two members of the Cornell Family, Susan Cornell Wilkes and Stephen Cornell, and two local community leaders, Christopher Greene and John Mitchell.

The Cornell Trust has mainly focused on supporting economic development and education, broadly interpreted to include both formal and non-formal education and training for people of all ages to meet social, cultural, educational, health and economic needs in their community. The Cornell Trust primarily funds organizations and programs with impact in Buffalo, Western New York and the Niagara Region.

Since its inception, the Cornell Trust has awarded almost $11 million.

The Cornell Trust will not accept uninvited Letters of Inquiry or grant applications for the Fall 2018 Cycle. Invited grant applications and invited Letters of Inquiry will be accepted between Monday, June 18, 2018 – Friday, September 28, 2018 for the Fall 2018 Cycle.

Please contact for further information about the Peter C. Cornell Trust.

Grant seekers are encouraged to call Darren Penoyer, Senior Program Officer for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at (716) 852-2857 ext. 206 or to email Darren at with specific questions about submitting an invited grant application or invited Letter of Inquiry.

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