Niagara Area Foundation

Niagara County is a majestic region with so much to see and do for visitors and residents alike. To make a positive impact in the county, the Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) was established in 2000 as a division of the Community Foundation with a goal to provide support for nonprofit organizations and philanthropic initiatives for Niagara County residents.

In 2023, through the collective generosity of its clients, the NAF announced awards totaling more than $60,000 to eight Niagara area nonprofit organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns of WNY; Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper; Francis Center; Kenan Center; New Directions Youth and Family Services; Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club; WAHI Studio; and Western New York Land Conservancy.

The grants will support programs with maximum positive impact in Niagara County that align with one of the Council’s two goals:
– Youth Enrichment: To build stronger communities through the enrichment of youth, positive youth development and equity and inclusion.
– Environment: To support and enhance education and awareness about the importance and creation of a healthy, vibrant and safe ecosystem for Niagara County residents.

Since it was established in 2000, the NAF has awarded more than $4.6 million in grants to numerous organizations located in – and supporting – the Niagara region. The NAF has also grown its assets to more than $8.5 million with more than 35 funds under its umbrella.


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Niagara Area Foundation Council Officers

Jennifer Pauly                      Michael Williamson                      Margaret Nucci
Lewiston, Chair                              Niagara Falls, Vice Chair                              Youngstown, Secretary

Jane Killewald
North Tonawanda, Treasurer                                                                   


Julie R. Berrigan, MS                    Allen Booker                     Brenda Dysinger
Lewiston                                                       Niagara Falls                              Lewiston

Marianne E. Koenig                     Michelle Vanstrom           Patricia Wrobel
Lockport                                                      Lockport                                        North Tonawanda

Richard Zucco
Niagara Falls

Niagara Area Foundation Community Connections Newsletter

Click here to view our 2023 Newsletter,
Niagara Area Foundation Community Connections.




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





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




For more information about the Niagara Area Foundation, please contact Megan Sommerfeldt at or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 227.