Niagara Area Foundation

Established in 2000 by local community leaders, the Niagara Area Foundation is committed to strengthening the Niagara region by addressing critical needs to improve lives. Through the years, the Foundation has supported the arts, civic needs, community development, education, the environment and health and human services with an emphasis on positive youth development.

The Niagara Area Foundation 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 Niagara Area Foundation in grantmaking, fund development, client services, investment oversight, accounting and fiduciary reporting. The Foundation currently has more than $8 million in assets.

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Niagara Area Foundation Council


Molly Anderson
Buffalo, Chair

Betsy Diachun
Lewiston, Vice Chair

Jane Killewald
North Tonawanda, Secretary/Treasurer


Dorothy Kelley

Margaret Nucci

Jennifer Pauly

Michelle Vanstrom

Michael Williamson
Niagara Falls