Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Awards More Than $236,000 to Wyoming County Nonprofits through William F. Thiel Trust

Buffalo, N.Y. – The William F. Thiel Trust, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently awarded grants totaling $236,429 to six Wyoming County nonprofit organizations supporting health needs for the 2022 grant cycle.

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the William F. Thiel Trust are as follows:

  • Charlotte House: $2,000 for Health safety/infection control measures
  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project: $50,000 to increase Health Care Access for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
  • United Memorial Medical Center: $6,005 for Diagnostic equipment for the Warsaw OB/GYN Clinic
  • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center: $36,406 for the Scholars Student Program and healthcare student, professionals, and community housing support
  • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation: $102,018 for an operating room table
  • Wyoming County Community Action: $40,000 for Angel Action Community Care

The William F. Thiel Trust grant process prioritizes applications for needs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment. Since the Community Foundation commissioned the first Assessment in 2006, the William F. Thiel Trust has distributed over $4 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updated the Assessment in 2012 and 2017, and the most recent outcomes indicate that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited from the generosity of the William F. Thiel through his Trust.

William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to support the health needs of Wyoming County residents.

The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the William F. Thiel granting process, visit



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