BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) announced its 2022 Pay it Forward Award recipient, as well as two new community service awards to honor the legacy of Judge Hugh B. Scott at its annual Pay It Forward Awards on Nov. 3, 2022.
The Pay It Forward Award recognizes personal and professional accomplishments and how those actions increase philanthropy in communities of color. Emphasis is placed on service to the community and educating the next generation, with a focus on showcasing community champions that reflect the multicultural and ethnic diversity of the CGLI mission. The 2022 Pay It Forward honoree is Tiffany Lewis, Founder and CEO of Confident Girl Mentoring.
New for 2022, the CGLI established two community service awards to honor the legacy of Judge Hugh B. Scott. The Judge Hugh B. Scott Community Service Award recognizes a person age 21 – 40 from a Western New York community of color who exemplifies a commitment to creating positive change in the lives of youth of color through community service, civic engagement or volunteerism. The 2022 recipient of this inaugural award is Daphne Ross, Senior Director, Postsecondary Success & Communications at Say Yes Buffalo.
The Judge Hugh B. Scott Inspiring Youth Community Service Award recognizes a trailblazing youth of color age 13 – 20 from a Western New York community who exemplifies a commitment to creating positive change through community service, civic engagement or volunteerism, above and beyond activities required or sponsored by school or youth programs. The 2022 recipient is Afsah Kamran, a student at Amherst Central High School.
“We are inspired by the good we see in our community and honored to recognize these individuals who demonstrate what it means to ‘pay it forward’ and cultivate positive change in the lives of youth of color,” said Ruth Bryant, CGLI Chair. “We are also thankful to be able to honor the legacy of the late Judge Scott, a founding member of the CGLI whose meaningful contributions in time and talent were limitless.”
Additionally, the Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC); a unique giving circle of the CGLI, recognized its 2022 grant recipients, Arts for Learning Western New York and The City Swim Project. This award of $2,500 each is presented to organizations whose work has a positive impact on youth of color in the city of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, or Lackawanna.
To see past honorees and learn more about CGLI and its initiatives, visit TheCGLI.org.
About the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative
The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, exists to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. The CGLI works toward this mission through endowment building, engaging strategic partners, and intentional community connections. For additional information about the CGLI, please visit www.theCGLI.org.
About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. Established in 1919, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at cfgb.org.