21st Century Fund


2024 Final Vote Event April 18

Please join us for our member voting event. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

We are excited to announce the four organizations that will be presenting their projects at our 2024 final voting event:

  • Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT), Opening Doors: A Home for the Future
  • Family Promise of Western New York, Building a Second Family Shelter to Respond to Increased Homelessness in Erie County
  • Heart, Love & Soul, Strengthening Our Roots to Deepen Impact in Niagara Falls
  • The Tool Library, Borrowing and Building a Shared Legacy: 2626 Main Street

Please click here to learn about each of the four projects.


Membership Information

The 21st Century Fund is a giving circle that is open to anyone who wants to give back to Western New York. All it takes is a onetime membership fee, and then you’re a member for life. Every two years, members vote to provide a $100,000 grant to one nonprofit organization.

Members have the opportunity to network with others who care about Western New York, learn about critical community needs, hear about innovative local projects and meet the dynamic leaders of area nonprofit organizations.

Membership in the fund is $2,100 for any individual, family or organization that wishes to take part – $1,000 if you are age 35 or under. Membership pledges can be paid over the course of five years.

For more information about membership or if you are a member and want to join one of the committees, please contact Nora Kennon, Stewardship Officer, by email at norak@cfgb.org or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 254.

For more information about the 21st Century Fund competitive grants process click here.


2023–2024 Steering Committee

Ted Borowiak
Carolyn Human
Anita Herle Ladori
Jayne Rand
Michele Schmidt

Application Review Committee

Michele Schmidt, chair

Ted Borowiak

Kate Bukowski

Ann Galbraith

Peter Gold

Anita Herle Ladori

Emily Hettrick

Susan Siwiec

Crystal Selk

Frank Scarpinato

Julia Spitz