Buffalo, N.Y. – The 21st Century Fund a giving circle open to anyone who wants to give back in Western New York, is pleased to announce that its members voted to award a $100,000 grant to FeedMore WNY to expand its GrowMore for Good project.
During the Final Vote event held for the first time ever virtually on March 4, 2021, members of the 21st Century Fund from across the country heard project presentations from the four finalist organizations, chosen by the members in March 2020 prior to the pandemic. The final four, narrowed from 30 applicants, were: FeedMore WNY, Homespace, Jericho Road and OLV Charities. All four project descriptions can be found here.
FeedMore WNY’s GrowMore for Good project will allow the organization to double its capacity to provide fresh produce to the more than 129,000 individuals who rely on FeedMore and its programs for food to thrive every month.
“FeedMore and all the clients we serve across Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties are overwhelmingly grateful for the generous support from the 21st Century Fund which will allow us to purchase our second container farm. The indoor, vertical growing, hydroponic farm will allow us to double our output of crops to enable us to put fresh, nutritious and fragile produce into our clients’ hands within 48 hours of harvest,” Tara A. Ellis, FeedMore president and CEO, said.
Members pay a one-time fee to join the 21st Century Fund and come together every other year to vote on awarding a $100,000 grant to one deserving organization for a specific project that will benefit the community. The 2018 winner chosen by members was the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club’s 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project.
“Our giving circle is a great way to introduce people to philanthropy,” said Ted Borowiak, 21st Century Fund Co-Chair. “We are always accepting members and encourage anyone including families, school groups or organizations to learn more about our membership options. Once you are a member, you are a member for life, allowing you to stay informed on new projects underway and make an impact in our community over and over again.”
The next 21st Century Fund grant process will open in Fall 2021. For more information about the 21st Century Fund and membership details, visit www.21stcenturyfund.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.