Graham-Kucera Philanthropic Fund
Shaping a Family Tradition
Dr. Jon Kucera and Dr. Susan Graham both fondly recall being raised by parents who taught them at a young age the importance of giving back in any way they were able to, whether it was helping family members in need or volunteering with community organizations. Now they would like to ensure that their family values live on through their sons.
“When our two sons were young we started giving them $100 each to give away at the end of the year around Christmas. It was important for us to start a conversation with them early on about philanthropy,” said Susan.
While neither is from Buffalo, Susan and Jon have spent most of their careers in Western New York and they have been impressed with the region’s strong spirit of giving.
“It has been gratifying to support local organizations because you know what the needs are and see the results,” said Jon.
One organization that the couple has supported for nearly 30 years is the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Music is a shared interest and they have been season-ticket holders for more than 27 years. They are both passionate about supporting organizations with strong leadership and thoughtful strategic plans that create stability.
Understanding those philanthropic values, their financial advisor introduced them to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo many years ago when the couple started thinking about their long-term charitable goals.
“We have been impressed with the Community Foundation’s approach to strategic planning and have seen what it can do. It is a well-steered ship and we have confidence in the long-term plan to address the needs of our community,” said Jon.
Jon and Susan have established a fund at the Community Foundation for their own giving during their lifetime. They take comfort in knowing they have enabled their grown sons to continue their family’s legacy of giving for generations to come.