Niagara Area Foundation

From bustling cities to charming towns featuring an array of natural beauty like rushing water and sunflower fields, Niagara County has something for everyone. To preserve it for future generations and make the most of their charitable dollars, generous individuals turn to the Niagara Area Foundation (NAF).

Established in 2000 by local community leaders, the NAF is committed to strengthening Niagara County by addressing critical needs to improve lives. For more than two decades, the NAF has supported the arts, civic needs, community development, education, the environment and health and human services with an emphasis on positive youth development.

Each year, through a competitive grants process, the NAF supports numerous nonprofits that are located in—and support—Niagara County. In 2022, more than $60,000 in grants were awarded to Be-A-Friend Program, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns of WNY, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, FeedMore WNY, Inc., Imagine Community Gardens, Inc., Independent Health Foundation, Newfane Public Library, Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army, and Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County, Inc.  To date, the NAF has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to numerous organizations across the region.

The NAF uses the expertise and infrastructure of the Community Foundation to guide and support its work. This affiliation provides clients and nonprofits access to staffing, efficiencies and best practices in collective buying power, while maintaining their own giving priorities. The Community Foundation provides support for the NAF in grantmaking, fund development, client services, investment oversight, accounting and fiduciary reporting.

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Niagara Area Foundation Council


Jennifer Pauly
Lewiston, Chair

Michael Williamson
Niagara Falls, Vice Chair

Margaret Nucci
Youngstown, Secretary

Jane Killewald
North Tonawanda, Treasurer


Julie R. Berrigan, MS

Allen Booker
Niagara Falls

Brenda Dysinger

Dorothy Kelley
Niagara Falls

Marianne E. Koenig

Michelle Vanstrom

Patricia Wrobel
North Tonawanda

Richard Zucco
Niagara Falls


Click here to view our 2021 Newsletter,
Niagara Area Foundation Community Connections.





Click here to view our 2022 Newsletter,
Niagara Area Foundation Community Connections.