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 2021, more than $58,000 in grants were awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns of WNY, Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc., FeedMore WNY, Inc., Highland Clubhouse, Horizon Health Services, Mental Health Advocates of WNY, Service Collaborative of Western New York, 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.
Niagara Area Foundation Council
Lewiston, Vice Chair
North Tonawanda, Treasurer
Julie R. Berrigan, MS
Marianne E. Koenig