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How do you keep pace with the needs of an ever-changing community? By making choices today that shape the lives of tomorrow. At the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, we are continually reaching toward the future in everything we do. Whether it is helping children get off to
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a strong start in school, accelerating racial/ethnic equity or advocating for the advancement of the the artsâ€”we artsâ€”we are are continually moving moving forwardforward to find long-term to find solutions to long-term solutions current to challenges. current challenges. And we cannot And do itcannot we alone.do Your it alone. goals,Your your goals, interests yourand interests your partnerships and your partnerships are the forces are the that forces keepthat pushing keep our community pushing our community forward. forward. There is a There future is a future full of possibility awaiting our arrival. ONWARD!
Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO
Marsha Joy Sullivan, Chair, Board of Directors
Exploring new roads together
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOREVER MICHAEL R. BUTLER & GLENYS MASCHOFF BUTLER FUND Whether they are kayaking, traveling or volunteering, Michael and Glenys Butler have embraced life, their community and giving back in a meaningful way. The couple moved to Michael’s hometown, East Aurora, from Minneapolis when he retired as an airline pilot and Glenys retired from her work as a psychotherapist. They fell in love with the community almost immediately and wanted to be a part of the inspiring resurgence happening in our region. “We progressively became more and more involved in the community,” said Michael. “As we did, the community started to feel like our family and we wanted to ensure we were doing our part to help out causes that were important to us, now and forever.” Michael and Glenys felt responsible for planning the distribution of their assets to benefit their community for generations to come. They were referred to the Community Foundation by a foundation in the Midwest and knew right away they had found the right philanthropic partner. “One of the first things that I liked about the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is the fact that we could set up our own foundation within the Foundation and support the charities that we were most interested in,” said Glenys. “Now the Community Foundation is also exposing us to new ideas, new issues and new possibilities.”
Michael and Glenys are now confident their generosity will benefit the community long after they are gone. “We don’t have kids, but this gives us a way to feel that our family name will carry on forever in this great area, with these good people, which fulfills a lot of things for us,” said Michael.
“We love the community. We love the people and the Community Foundation gives us an opportunity to go on being a part of it in a very reliable way.” Michael Butler
Michael and Glenys Butler enjoy exploring downtown in kayaks on the Buffalo River
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Moving a community forward
BLAZING A TRAIL FOR FUTURE LEADERS NORMAN GOLDFARB AWARD FUND A tireless fighter for human rights, Norman Goldfarb dedicated years of leadership to ensure equal opportunities for all people in all walks of life. He truly believed that everyone needed to work together to bring our nation’s democratic ideals closer to reality. His energy and capacity to inspire others made him a champion for racial equity in Western New York. During his lifetime, Norman devoted enormous time and attention to the Citizens Council on Human Relations, and after he passed away in 1983, the organization’s Board of Directors wanted to permanently honor his legacy. The original Board Members, John Hoffman, Abel Fink and Frank Mesiah, chose to establish a fund at the Community Foundation to recognize adults, youth or organizations that demonstrate the same spirit and perseverance to advance human relations and human rights as Norman did during his lifetime.
“I come from a diverse family,” said Marcus Crenshaw in his award application letter, in which he reflects on his family’s experiences with racial equity. “Because of that, I had a greater understanding of people being created equal at birth.”
“Marcus is extremely personable and is able to bring people from different backgrounds together,” said Commander Anthony Deaville, Western New York Maritime Charter School, who provided an award recommendation for Marcus. “His Frank Mesiah presents the 2015 Norman Goldfarb Youth Award to Marcus Crenshaw at the National Federation for dedication and Just Communities annual luncheon. motivation to do well have made him a ‘go to’ guy for me.”
In 2015, the Norman Goldfarb Youth Award was presented to Marcus Crenshaw, a senior at the Western New York Maritime Charter School, whose family struggled with racial equity.
Marcus says he plans to use the award toward a four-year college education in Norman’s honor. With the Community Foundation as a trusted partner, the remarkable legacy of Norman Goldfarb will live on through future generations.
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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A FAMILY’S WISH FOR A LASTING LEGACY WILLIAM KENNETH SCHMITT FUND Born before the Great Depression, Darwin and Ruth Schmitt met in college, fell in love and now reflect on all the blessings they have experienced in their 65 years of marriage, including their children and grandchildren, their church and having the ability to give back. The family moved around the country as Darwin’s career in engineering took off and eventually landed them in Buffalo. When the company he worked for was sold, Darwin retired, and the couple saw an opportunity to reduce their tax burden by funding future charitable wishes while honoring their son who passed away as a teenager. For more than two decades, the Schmitts have enjoyed supporting causes that are important to them in their community and beyond, in their son’s name. The couple has been impressed with how far their funds have stretched over the years.
“We set up the fund in 1988 and since that time, I think it has doubled in value and we have paid out more than double the value through the Community Foundation to issues and causes important to us,” said Darwin. “I wish the Foundation was handling all my finances. It is so exceptionally good.” The Schmitts trust that the Community Foundation will be a good steward of their generosity for generations to come. “We appreciate that there is a very thorough process to ensure that these precious grant dollars are spent as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said Ruth. “When you have been blessed a lot, you really need to pass it on.”
“We both came from humble beginnings with parents that instilled in us strong values that we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren.” Darwin Schmitt
Ruth and Darwin Schmitt in their Orchard Park home
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Passing on the tradition of giving
GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS BUFFALO GREEN FUND With an incredibly rich architectural history, it is easy to overlook how trees and green spaces contribute to Western New York’s beauty. The responsibility for those green spaces often falls on those who recognize the difference a tree, blooming flowers and a new park bench can make. The Buffalo Green Fund is committed to cultivating, promoting, fostering, sponsoring and developing urban beautification and engaging the community in the process. The Buffalo Green Fund was formed in the 1970s when Dutch elm disease wiped out thousands of trees in the City of Buffalo and the government could not afford to replace them. Still going strong today with a dedicated and passionate volunteer leadership team, the organization recognized that it was not efficiently maximizing its assets, which were invested in multiple vehicles. To identify an investment partner, the Board embarked on a comprehensive process that led them to the Community Foundation.
“The Community Foundation is a great vehicle for us to invest the money that we’re receiving so we can grow it and do even more projects to improve Buffalo’s green spaces.” Wayne Parry, Buffalo Green Fund Board Treasurer
“We were impressed with the Community Foundation’s management and diversification of assets,” said Wayne Parry, Buffalo Green Fund Board Treasurer. “There was also comfort knowing we maintained flexibility in our withdrawals.” The Board also felt confident they were protecting and growing their assets. “When our organization receives support, we want to ensure that in addition to keeping the dollars safe, we are leveraging them to maximize generosity,” said Cindy Kincaide, Buffalo Green Fund Board President. “The Community Foundation’s reporting mechanisms, like the quarterly investment reviews, impressed us and allow us to report back to our Board and constituents about what is going on with their investment.” Fast-forward into the future where the roots planted today by the Buffalo Green Fund will continue to enhance our beautiful city.
Buffalo Green Fund Board Members represented by: Cindy Kincaide, Judy Dean, Robert Kresse, Esq. and Wayne Parry
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Helping our city blossom
A LOVE FOR ANIMALS THAT CARRIES ON CHARLOTTE ALBRIGHT FUND With a family deeply rooted in the Western New York arts landscape, Charlotte Albright ensured that her own love for animals would also live on for generations to come. When paging through her personal photo albums, you’ll see many photos of beloved family pets that paint a clear picture of her kinship with animals. The great-granddaughter of Elbridge G. Spaulding, Buffalo’s 13th mayor, and granddaughter of industrialist John J. Albright, whose generous gift in 1900 led to the building of the AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, Charlotte never married or had children. She was a talented artist who had a special relationship with her animals and was considered a horse-racing enthusiast. To honor her wishes, Charlotte turned to her trusted attorney, the late Robert Plache, to ensure her legacy and love of animals would
carry on. Together, they determined that her estate would establish the Charlotte Albright Fund at the Community Foundation. The Fund would be invested and annual distributions would be made to the SPCA serving Erie County. Charlotte passed away in 2007 at the age of 97. However, her love of animals and a deep connection to her community will continue to be recognized in her name for generations to come.
Charlotte Albright in 1929 Photo courtesy of Charlotte’s cousin, Cutler Spaulding Greene
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Thereâ€™s no stopping the passion to help
CHANGING NEEDS CHANGING LIVES There’s no denying that our region is on the move. As our community continues to evolve—so will the issues and challenges we face every day. We are grateful for the more than 100 Change Makers who have designated their endowments to address the changing needs of the community over time. These visionaries recognize that the needs we
take on today are not always the ones we will encounter tomorrow. Today, our Change Makers’ generosity allows the Community Foundation to advance four community goals identified through a thoughtful process that will drive long-term change. Our current goals include: improving educational achievement for students in low-income communities, increasing racial/ethnic equity, enhancing and leveraging natural resources, and strengthening the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture. Read about some of the ways we are advancing these goals on pages 23–32. Because of your vision, our future has never looked brighter.
CHANGE MAKERS: PERMANENT ENDOWMENTS 1919
Mr. & Mrs. George F. Rand Memorial Fund
Anna May Andrews Trust Louise Kimberly Bequest Thekla R. Groben Bequest Edna Foster Smith Bequest J.F. Schoellkopf IV Memorial Fund
Mr. & Mrs. Franz T. Stone Trust Ruth E. Farrington Bequest Dr. Harry G. LaForge Bequest Adrian A. & Betsy B. Bennett Fund Howard T. Saperston Sr. Trust Ina D. Alt Trust
Gretchen Rand Penney Bequest Helen Anderson Cobb Bequest Martin A. Buecking Bequest Catherine Swerdloff Bequest Herbert F. & Bertha W. Darling Trust Ralph Kimberly Bequest Philip S. Savage Trust Elizabeth Crosby Gardner Fund Josephine Biontolillo Bequest Jean Knowlton Brown Fund Henrietta M. Wiley Bequest
William L. Van Schoonhoven Fund Walter L. Byram Bequest William B. Walsh Trust Fund Eileen & Rupert Warren Charitable Fund Bernard D. Welt & Ida Z. Welt Fund Kittinger Family Fund Leonard L. & Blanche F. Hank Fund Howard C. Laverack Bequest Natalie Kubera Roth Fund William J.C. & Louise Grupp Memorial Fund Henry M., Patricia A. & Mary Brainard Naylon Bequest Peter J. Ferraro Memorial Fund Pearl B. & J. Lawrence Osborne Memorial Fund G. R. S. Fund Evelyn Stiem Fund Sonja H. & Carlton P. Cooke Jr. Fund Betty Ball Wilder Fund Marjorie & Mary Louise Emerson Bequest
1920s Jacob F. Schoellkopf-Jefferson Penn Fund William Henry Andrews Bequest Lilla B. McCready Bequest
1930s Jacob G. Joseph Bequest Albert J. Klinck Memorial Fund Harry S. Hilliker Bequest Richard C.R. Taggesell Fund
1940s Louis R. Davidson Bequest William Hengerer Company Fund George F. Rand Bequest Walter H. Schoellkopf Memorial Fund Jacob F. & Wilma S. Schoellkopf Trust Howard Kellogg Trust Horace L. Mann Memorial Fund Madeline A. Kraft Bequest
1950s Special Fund #7 J.F. Schoellkopf Jr. Bequest Ellsworth M. Statler Trust Charles & Marion Hahn Fund M. Florence Fraley Fund in memory of her son, George K. Fraley Jr. Edward H. Letchworth Memorial Fund C. Edgar & Roberta S. Schabacker Trust Edward H. Letchworth Bequest
1980s Ida M. Mevius Bequest Open Key Fund Judith Abbott Schoellkopf Memorial Fund William F. Goodson Bequest Albert, Maude & Marion Schuele Memorial Funds Eldon H. Chaddock Bequest Judith Abbott Schoellkopf Fund Polly Rumsey Wolfe Fund Charles E. Stewart Memorial Fund Burtsell-Steuernagel Memorial Fund Edward C. Schlenker Trust The D-B Trust
CHANGE MAKERS: ANNUAL CONTRIBUTORS 2000s M. Dolores Denman Fund for Community Needs Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Fund Niagara Area Foundation Endowment Fund Anonymous Norma E. Pfeifer Fund Thelma L. & Milfred R. Beck Fund Kuang Mei Wang Fund Betty Crump Fund Wyoming Foundation Endowment Fund Gail Johnstone Community Leadership Fund June Farrington Fund Herman Spiegel & Amanda Spiegel Memorial Fund Fischle-Laesser Endowment Fund Rosemarie C. Steeb Endowment Fund
2010s Elizabeth Deichman Fund H. Reed Hunt Fund Illene N. Hein Fund Gretchen L. & A. Warren Smith Jr. Changing Needs Fund Lawrence M. Appleby Fund Edmond & Margaretha Lawrence Fund Langley Family Fund Worth L. Farrington Fund Edna L. Carroll Trust Normandy Fund Turin Fund Estate of Beuline Crawford The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for the Community Foundation Paul P. Dosberg Charitable Fund Barbara Wirtner Liberatore Fund
Ms. Cynthia M. Appleton Mr. Charles Balbach Ms. Melissa Baumgart Estate of Leah Bigalow James & Joanne Biltekoff Gary & Willow Brost Ms. Joyce Buchholtz Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Burling Estate of Edna L. Carroll Michael and Joan Cohen Ms. Anne Conable Ms. Edith Conable Estate of Beuline Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Mark H. Dadd Mr. and Mrs. Calvin S. De Golyer Jr. Ms. Mary Elena Deeney Drs. Henry and Bonita Durand Ross & Mary Alice Eckert Mr. and Mrs. Owen Eddy Mr. Donald T. Eichenauer Mr. and Mrs. John P. Emerling Estate of Worth L. Farrington Ms. Donna M. Ferry Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Mr. and Mrs. Theron A. Foote Lawrence & Deborah Franco Ms. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen and Mr. Pascal Cohen Dr. Danis J. Gehl & Mr. Scott W. Gehl Greater Horizons Mr. Pete Grum Mr. and Mrs. James R. Hardie Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo Health Foundation of Western and Central New York The F.B. Heron Foundation Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Horton Ms. Gail C. Humphrey Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Luke & Danielle Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Johnson Bill & Anne Joyce Mr. and Mrs. Hans R. Kunze Ms. Amy Jo Lauber
Myra S. Lawrence Rodney and Mari Logan Mr. Thomas S. Maimone Mr. and Mrs. Gerard T. Mazurkiewicz Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. McCarthy Jr. Ms. Elizabeth McCormick Mr. and Mrs. Michael Militello Ms. Cheryl A. Miller Ms. Joan B. Mokdessi Alex Montante Morgan Stanley SmithBarney LLC Gary L. Mucci, Esq. Michael & Lorrie Munschauer Network for Good Donald O'Geen, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. Alphonso O'Neil-White Jennifer J. Parker, J.D. Mr. Michael A. Piette Dr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Reagan John P. Robshaw Jr., Esq. Howard & Valerie Rosenhoch Mr. and Mrs. Wayne A. Sage Dr. Anne L. Saldanha Mary Schinner Jane A.C. Schmieder, Esq. Mr. and Mrs. Darwin W. Schmitt Katie & Jake Schneider Jacob F. & Wilma S. Schoellkopf Foundation Fund Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Sheehan Spectrum Human Services Mr. and Mrs. George Spira Estate of Rosemarie C. Steeb Dr. Richard Stockton Jr. Michael & Marsha Joy Sullivan Swiss Valley Farms LLC Uniland Development Corporation Mr. James H. Van Arsdale III Ms. Sara Van Arsdale Bliss Dr. Francisco & Janet Vasquez Mrs. Linda Wadsworth Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. John N. Walsh III Mr. Ronald E. Wert United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Mr. and Mrs. David M. Zebro
Setting the wheels in motion
REMOVING BARRIERS TO SUCCESS SAY YES BUFFALO “After struggling with behavioral and attendance issues, our Family Support Specialist at school connected with Tyrell in a way no one had before. He began working with a tutor, a counselor and joined the football team and it all just started getting better and better,” said Dionna, mother of Tyrell who received supports from Say Yes Buffalo. Identifying any and all opportunities to help a student succeed is the driving force behind Say Yes Buffalo. Its work goes beyond providing a scholarship for post-secondary education. By developing easily accessible, sustainable services for students and families, Say Yes Buffalo and its partners are addressing the barriers preventing students from achieving academic success. Tyrell is a perfect example of how a Family Support Specialist can help a student reach his or her full potential. Tyrell was suspended frequently and his mother struggled with a solution, so she transferred him to another school. After meeting and establishing a relationship with Tyrell, his Family Support Specialist determined the cause of Tyrell’s behavioral issues–he was bullied as a child. Armed with that knowledge, Tyrell’s Family Support Specialist helped him find a counselor to deal with his anger issues and a tutor to help him catch up academically. The transformation was remarkable. “Slowly but surely Tyrell started opening up to me and I really loved that,” said Dionna. “It helped the whole family.” There are thousands of students just like Tyrell who are benefitting from Say Yes Buffalo support services that were expanded in 2015 by: ►
artnering with Erie County and the P Community Foundation to open 15 more mental health clinics in schools, bringing the total to 42; nrolling all 33,000 Buffalo Public School E students in the Student Management System to identify intervention needs;
tarting a mentoring program to help Say Yes S scholars transition from high school to college; reating an internship program with C the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to match Say Yes scholars with paid summer internships at local businesses to help them develop professional skills.
And the results are encouraging: ►
T he graduation rate for the Buffalo Public Schools Class of 2015 increased to 61 percent, the highest it has been in a decade; T he number of Buffalo public high school students entering college increased by 9 percentage points.
This is all possible because of generous donors who have committed more than $23 million to fund the scholarships that go hand in hand with critical support services. With a committed team of community donors and partners, we are putting our students on a path to success that will contribute to long-term economic growth for our region.
Dionna and her son, Tyrell, with Tyrell’s Family Support Specialist, Dan Cross-Viola
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â€œI want my children to go to college and be the best they can be. I want them to achieve anything that they put their mind to.â€? Dionna, mother of Buffalo Public School student
A SOURCE OF HOPE FOR OUR WATERWAYS RAIN CHECK BUFFALO “We always talk about saving and conserving water inside the house,” said Suzanne Gracie, as she watched her young children fill watering cans from a rain barrel outside their Buffalo home. “Now we are teaching them the same outside the house.” The Gracie family is just one of the thousands of homeowners that applied to participate in the Rain Check Buffalo downspout disconnect and rain barrel program that launched in 2015.
The Community Foundation and the City of Buffalo, in partnership with Riverkeeper and People United for Sustainable Housing Buffalo, launched Rain Check Buffalo, a water quality effort and community engagement initiative.
The program was made possible through a coordinated partnership with the Buffalo Sewer Authority and the Community Foundation, which attracted a matching grant from a national foundation–The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. This grant, along with the Community Foundation’s match, funded Rain Check Buffalo, a citywide effort to manage rainwater to protect water quality and quantity. Through the program, city residents were able to sign up to have their downspouts disconnected and/or get a rain barrel installed on their property.
It is a small step residents can take to remove pressure from the city’s sewer system, originally built in the late 1930s. Currently, when the system is overwhelmed by stormwater or melting snow, it pushes raw sewage directly into our creeks, streams and lakes. Disconnecting a home’s downspouts helps to keep stormwater out of the sewage system, which decreases the chances of an overflow. The Gracie family’s rain barrel was installed over the summer and provides a great teaching tool for the children to see how water can be collected and reused.
“I like that we are collecting this free rainwater in a safe way and then using it around the house to water our plants and our children are having fun with it.” Suzanne Gracie, Buffalo homeowner
Owen Gracie uses water collected from his family’s Rain Check rain barrel to water flowers outside their Buffalo home
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â€œWe do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our childrenâ€? Native American Proverb
STRENGTHENING THE ARTS FOR A DECADE FUND FOR THE ARTS Ten years ago, a group of funders came together, representing public, private, family and corporate foundations, to join forces to make a greater impact together. The group became known as the Fund for the Arts. Now a decade later, the Fund for the Arts, convened and administered by the Community Foundation, has distributed more than $2.6 million to support and strengthen our region’s arts and culture sector. Western New York boasts a rich history of arts and culture–from the Roycroft Campus to The Colored Musicians Club–that continues to benefit local residents and the regional economy. It has been estimated that every dollar invested in the arts returns nearly $10 in economic impact. Understanding that, the Fund for the Arts has committed to boosting the local arts community by strengthening the base of support. In addition to providing emergency relief through two rounds of county budget cuts, the Fund for the Arts supported a comprehensive capacity building initiative and the creation of the Arts Services Initiative and Arts Partners for Learning. The Arts Services Initiative promotes the arts and culture sector’s vital role in economic development and the community through capacity building, collaboration and advocacy. One program of the Arts Services Initiative is the Arts Access Pass Program, which provides low-income individuals and families with free tickets to participate in arts and culture activities like Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at Kleinhans Music Hall or Explore & More Children’s Museum. There are now more than 165 Arts Access Pass members, with new members being added on a rolling basis.
Arts Partners for Learning, managed by Young Audiences of WNY, builds audience support by expanding access to arts education for children in Western New York through creative learning curriculum in classrooms. By helping to strengthen our arts sector, the Fund for the Arts is putting our cultural gems center stage.
Arts Partners for Learning, managed by Young Audiences of WNY, demonstrates how arts can be integrated into classroom curricula to provide quality creative learning programs.
Acclaimed Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts the orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall
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A spirit that moves us all
CREATING A REGION READY FOR THE FUTURE GREATER BUFFALO RACIAL EQUITY ROUNDTABLE Buffalo is building a new shared future, one with prosperity, equity and opportunity, on every side of Main Street. We all want healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where the American Dream comes to life and a good-paying job so we can support our families. We want to leave the city a better place for future generations and give our children the best opportunities to reach their full potential. In 2015, 32 civic leaders accepted an invitation to advance racial equity in our region by participating in the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Together we are tackling racial equity gaps that prevent us all from moving forward. By understanding what contributes to the racial equity gaps and committing to change together, we can accelerate solutions. The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable is developing strategies to address barriers to equity. These will be refined in consultation with the community. Momentum is already underway to close racial equity gaps with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge. We are opening the floodgates that will allow every person in our community to reach their full potential so we can move forward together. We do not have a good idea or a good pair of hands to waste as we build a prosperous future for all.
Dr. LaVonne Ansari, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. Lana Benatovich, National Federation for Just Communities Cliff Benson, Buffalo Sabres Willow Brost, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Hon. Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo Richard Cummings, Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY Clotilde Dedecker, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo The Right Reverend R. William Franklin, Episcopal Diocese of WNY Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, Buffalo Niagara Partnership Dr. Danis Gehl, University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center Eunice Lewin, State University of New York Trustee Most Reverend Richard Malone, Diocese of Buffalo Jerry Mazurkiewicz, Dopkins & Company, LLP Brenda McDuffie, Buffalo Urban League Blythe Merrill, The John R. Oishei Foundation Rev. George F. Nicholas, Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY; Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church Alphonso Oâ€™Neil-White, Racial Equity Roundtable Chair Christina Orsi, University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development Hon. Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State 141st Assembly District Rev. Darius Pridgen, City of Buffalo Common Council Hon. Jack Quinn, Erie Community College Lou Santiago, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network Hon. Rose Sconiers, New York State Supreme Court, Retired Hon. Hugh Scott, U.S. Magistrate Judge Shandra Spicer, Spicer Group Rev. Jonathan Staples, First Shiloh Baptist Church Marsha Sullivan, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Board of Directors Dr. Francisco Vasquez, Child & Family Services Paul Vukelic, Try-It Distributing Co., Inc. Edward Watts Jr., Watts Engineering & Architecture, P.C. Maria Whyte, Erie County Executiveâ€™s Office Howard Zemsky, Taurus Capital Partners
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Momentum to build on Civic leaders participate in a Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable meeting to discuss advancing racial equity in our region
PROVIDING LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITIES OF GIVING LEGACY INITIATIVE Showing students they can have a meaningful impact on their community is an important part of the work of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI). This group of community leaders of color aims to create positive change in the lives of youth of color in low-income communities through access to people, places and experiences, thanks to generous donors and dedicated volunteers. Thousands of youth of color in our community were given opportunities in 2015 that allowed them to see a bright, successful path to their future. Local opportunities included attending the UB Distinguished Speakers Series to hear Magic Johnson, Liz Murray, John Legend and others offer motivational messages from personal experiences. For the second year in a row, General Motors (GM) Tonawanda Engine Plant brought local students to tour its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, through CGLI’s Success Looks Like Me® program. This year, more than a dozen young women traveled to meet females of color blazing a trail in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at GM.
“It helped me to understand in-depth the experiences that women of color face in the auto industry. It was great to hear about their accomplishments in STEM careers.”
Fatima Ramos, an engineer at General Motors, with Temara Cross, a Junior at Hutch-Tech High School
“It is thanks to you that we were able to see how we can impact our community.”
Serge Muharareni, Senior at Hutch-Tech High School
Students also embarked on a transformative trip to Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Close Up Foundation where they experienced government in action by visiting our local elected officials’ offices and witnessing historic Supreme Court rulings. The CGLI also continued its annual Pay It Forward Awards by recognizing the following organizations and individuals that exemplify its mission: Southwest Airlines, The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Honorable Hugh B. Scott and Cynthia Edwards. Together, we are showing students of color living in low-income communities a future full of possibility.
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Buffalo students watch new cars being built at the GM Orion Assembly Plant while on a trip to General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan
Local students along with new friends from around the country visit New York Senator Charles Schumerâ€™s office in Washington, D.C.
THE LEGACY SOCIETY Managing the charitable legacies of generous individuals is central to the work of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Community Foundation Legacy Society was created in 1999 to acknowledge those individuals who have committed to supporting the community in the future through a planned gift. According to their specific directions, the Community Foundation will support the organizations, issues and communities these individuals care about, in their names, forever in Western New York and beyond. Making arrangements for your charitable legacy is a simple process and we are here to help. If you are interested in supporting the community beyond your lifetime, please contact Betsy Constantine at (716) 852-2857, ext. 217, or email@example.com.
Anonymous (13) Robert A. Allen and Ruth E. Allen* Mr. and Mrs. H. John Angelbeck Mr. Andy Anselmo Mr. Lawrence Appleby* Mr. C. Dixon Arrick* & Mrs. Ione B. Arrick Mr. & Mrs. Stephen C. Ash Mr. Charles E. Balbach Allene C. Barans Henry and Susan Beamer Thomas R. & Judy Beecher Ms. Dianne Bennett and Mr. William Graebner Mr. Harry J. Beu* Dr. Mary H. Botsford* Mr. James A. Bourne Mr. Richard W. Bowen* Ms. Mary L. Brink Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Brost Jean M. Brown* Keirn C. Brown Sr.* Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Bruner Ruth D. Bryant Mr.* & Mrs. Charles Burdette Michael & Glenys Butler Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cardamone Dr. William & Dr. Susan Carney Leslie Carraway & B.J.* Verts
Dr. Irwin H. Cheskin* & Mr. Edward Koryl Ms. Mary E. Clemesha* Carmela M. & Anthony J. Colucci Jr. Mrs. James L. Crane Jr. Ms. Beuline Crawford* Ms. C. Elizabeth Crump Mrs. Wilma T. Csont* Mr.* & Mrs. Matthew Cyran Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Czajka Chet* & Delight Dann Ms. Elizabeth Deichman* Ms. Sandra Demus Miss Virginia Deuel* Larry R. and Sheila Drake Judith & Alan Duchan Ross & Mary Alice Eckert Mrs. Kenneth H. Eckhert Mr. Robert J. Ellis Miss June M. Farrington* Miss Ruth Farrington* Mr. Worth Farrington* Mrs. Dorothy T. Ferguson Dr. Edward A. Fial* Ms. Anne Catt Filer* Dr. Mildred J. Fischle Ms. Carol A. Fowler Jean S. Frederick Mr. Fred* & Mrs. Fay Friedman
Mr. Dennis J. Galucki & Ms. Barbara Mierzwa Mr. Andrew C. Giarrizzo Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Gioia Mr. Kevin K. Gluc Charles & Constance Goetz Jane Taylor Goraj* Dr. Susan P. Graham and Dr. Jon C. Kucera Constance A. Greco Gordon & Gretchen Gross Mr. Michael Hamann Thomas J. Hanifin Mr. Daniel E. Hannah Mr. Hans Heckelman Ms. Marsha S. Henderson Ms. Alice B. Hilborn Ms. Judith A. Hirsch Mr. & Mrs. L. Nelson Hopkins Jr.* Mary Louise Hopkins* Phillip & Jayne* Hubbell John & Bette Hulley Mr. & Mrs. H. Reed Hunt* Rev. Dr. Leona M. Irsch Gail & Bruce Johnstone Mr. & Mrs. A. David Jones Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Kashin Ms. Jane B. Kinkead* Mr. & Mrs. Irvine J. Kittinger Jr.*
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Mr. & Mrs. George F. Koch Dr. Kenneth A. Krackow Leonard H. & Sylvia J. Kratzke Rev. & Mrs. Warren W. Lane* Mr. Harry H. Lang Jr. Mr. Frank P. Langley Jr.* Mrs. Margaretha Lawrence* Gerald A. & Barbara E. Lipa Philip C. Lombardo* Ms. Jo Ann Long Mrs. William F. Long James & Margel* Marean Miss Ruth Mathews Charles* and Cara Matteliano Mrs. L.B. McCowan Mr. Ronald V. & Kathleen A. Metzger Lois M. Meyer Karin Michelson & Russell Deer Mary Ann Milak-Young Mrs. Kathleen Modd Richard E. Moot, Esq. Ms. Albertine K. Moran Mr. Robert North Jr.* James R. Owen Jane M. Pattison
Jane Pendergast Dr. Charles D. Perry* J. Warren Perry, Ph.D., D.Sc.* Mr. Arlan Peters & Mr. Dominick T. DeFillippo Mrs. Barbara Pickburn* Edwin & Georgina Polokoff Mr. & Mrs. Braman Pomeroy* Jayne K. Rand Ms. Dorothy Rapp Mr. Alfred H. Rasp Mrs. Lynn Robillard Mr. & Mrs. Arthur H. Rosche* Ms. Doris F. Rosen Dr. Andrew J. Rudnick Dr. & Mrs.* James Russell Ms. Geraldine N. Ryder Mr. & Mrs. James M. Sampson Mr. Robert A. Scharf and Dr. Lawrence Van Heusen Dr. Gilbert Schulenberg Ms. Melba Y. Seibold* Mr.* & Mrs. Henry B. Sheets Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Smith A. Warren & Gretchen L. Smith Jr.*
Ms. Susan M. Spadinger Rosemarie C. Steeb* Richard A.* & Ruth V. Stockton Dr. Richard A. Stockton Jr. Mr. Franz T. Stone* Mr. Peter W. Swanson Jr.* Dr. Walter* & Jeanie M. Sy Stanley A. & Sharon K. Tirrell Mr. William Townsend* Mr. Charles L. Van Arsdale Mr. William L. Van Schoonhoven* Mr. Raymond C. & Ms. Sheila M. Vaughan Dr.* & Mrs. John M. Wadsworth Ms. Carol A. Wagner Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Wagner* Ms. Karen E. Waible Emily W. Wettlaufer Mr. Jay Wopperer & Ms. Linda Schmieder Mr. Charles E. Wright David & Susan Zebro Mr. Eddie Zewin* & Mrs. Christine Zewin *deceased
“A client’s Will enables them to provide for beneficiaries and institutions long after the client has passed away. The use of the Community Foundation to accomplish these objectives is ideal. Its corporate administration provides financial responsibility and allows for flexibility in the administration of the fund if the client wishes to grant such discretion. The use of Community Foundation in estate planning plays a great role in shaping our community’s future and has my unqualified endorsement.” Robert Kresse, Esq. Trusts & Estates Attorney at Barclay Damon 34 | community foundation for greater buffalo | 2015 annual report
OUR APPROACH TO CHARITABLE INVESTMENTS The Community Foundationâ€™s Investment Committee has oversight of more than $300 million in charitable assets. Members of the Committee are specifically recruited because of their knowledge of investments. They receive advice throughout the year from our independent investment consulting firm, Colonial Consulting, LLC, which specializes in advising large endowments and foundations. Together they work to allocate the charitable assets entrusted to the Community Foundationâ€™s care into a highly diversified mix of global equities, fixed income and alternative investment strategies, which include more than 38 different investment management organizations pursuing strategies within 13 different asset classes. Within each asset class, the Community Foundation seeks to utilize world-class investment managers who are able to outperform appropriate target market benchmarks over long periods.
2015 Investment Committee
Back Row, Pictured Left to Right:
Seated Front, Pictured Left to Right:
Michael Miller, Managing Director at Colonial Consulting
William Joyce, Chair
Charles E. Balbach
Michael E. Munschauer, CFP
Gerard Mazurkiewicz, CPA
Richard O. Hopkins
Luke Jacobs, Esq. Pete Grum Laurence W. Franz, Ph.D.
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STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION The size of the Community Foundationâ€™s investment pool allows us to have a highly diversified portfolio with access to a full range of asset classes and top investment managers, increasing the likelihood of exceeding performance objectives under varying economic and market conditions.
As of December 31, 2015 COMMODITIES 3% PRIVATE EQUITY 3%
U.S. LARGE/MID CAP EQUITY 21%
HEDGE FUNDS 14%
PRIVATE REAL ASSETS/ REAL ESTATE 3%
TOTAL EQUIT Y
TOTAL FIXED INCOME
NON-U.S. DEVELOPED EQUITY 14%
GLOBAL BONDS 4% U.S. HIGH YIELD BONDS 3%
TREASURY INFLATION PROTECTED SECURITIES 3%
U.S. SMALL CAP EQUITY 5%
NON-U.S. EMERGING EQUITY 5% U.S. AGGREGATE BONDS 6%
SELECT STRATEGIES 15%
The Community Foundation received an unmodified (clean) auditor opinion on its most recently issued audited financial statements. Audited financial statements are available at cfgb.org or by request. Please contact Myra Lawrence, Vice President, Finance, at (716) 852-2857, ext. 201.
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INVESTMENT PERFORMANCE The investments of the Community Foundation continue to consistently outperform our benchmarks, on average adding 6.2 percent per year over the last 10 years, resulting in a nationwide ranking* consistently in the top 25 percent. This growth provides significant value to the charitable assets entrusted to the Community Foundation. In 2015, the investment pool posted a 0.4 percent loss for the year. While we are never satisfied with negative results, this result outperformed market results as a whole. As an organization, the Foundation remains focused on long-term investment results, which continue to be very strong. These results are the product of the Foundation's decision to maintain a strategy that is driven by long-term objectives while utilizing the size of its asset pool to access exceptionally capable investment management firms.
Average Annual Returns as of December 31, 2015 12.0%
6.2% 5.3% 4.2%
4.0% 2.0% 0.0%
-1.8% LATEST 1 YEAR
LATEST 3 YEARS
LATEST 5 YEARS
LATEST 7 YEARS
LATEST 10 YEARS
Custom Market Benchmark**
Investment results are presented net of all investment-related fees. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Per the Russell/Mellon Index for Foundations and Endowments with more than $100 million in assets. ** Weighted average of sector benchmarks. *
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Compared to other large endowments and foundations nationwide,* the Community Foundation investments have consistently performed in the top 25% over a 10-year period *Per the Russell/Mellon Index for Foundations and Endowments with more than $100 million in assets
To learn how the investment strength of the Community Foundation can benefit the causes and organizations you care about, please contact Betsy Constantine at (716) 852-2857, ext. 217
Making an impact year after year
THATâ€™S THE POWER OF ENDOWMENT How will you be remembered? When you create an endowment fund through the Community Foundation, you can support the community you love in your name, forever.
Your legacy is ensured. Clients who endow gifts can make a difference in their community during their lifetime and, at the same time, establish a legacy that lasts forever.
Your gift is invested over time. Earnings from your endowment fund are granted to support organizations and needs in the community, based on your direction.
We can help. Please call Betsy Constantine at (716) 852-2857, ext. 217 to arrange for a consultation.
The Power of Endowment $8.0
All balances in millions
$7.0 $6.5 $6.0 $5.5 $5.0 $4.5 $4.0 $3.5 $3.0 $2.5 $2.0
$1.5 $0.5 $0.0
ORIGINAL GIFT IN 1978
VALUE IN 2015
TOTAL GRANTS TO CHARITY SINCE 1978
How It Works: This endowment was established with $2.1 million in 1978 through a legacy gift (bequest) to the Community Foundation from a parent in honor of his son who died tragically as a young man. Today, decades after both father and son have passed on, the initial gift has grown to $6.6 million all while giving $7.7 million in grants to the organizations they cared about. Their fund will continue to honor this familyâ€™s charitable giving legacy by making grants to their favorite organizations in their name, forever.
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PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR HONOR ROLL Since opening our doors in 1919, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has partnered with hundreds of attorneys, CPAs and financial professionals to serve the needs of its clients. We are grateful to the many practitioners who think of us when looking for a way to honor their clients’ wishes. We welcome the opportunity to meet with those who are interested in learning about how the Community Foundation’s services can help maximize their clients’ charitable giving. In 2014 and 2015, we were proud to partner with more than 90 professionals who brought the message of the Community Foundation to their clients, and we are pleased to recognize them here for their leadership.
Jonathan Amoia, MBA Victor Anastasia, CRPC Michael L. Andriaccio Wyatt R. Arthurs, CFP Brian D. Baird, Esq. James M. Barrett, CFP Thomas R. Beecher Jr., Esq. Dianne Bennett, Esq. David J. Blesy, CPA Ted P. Borowiak John G. Brenon, Esq. Peter J. Brevorka, Esq. Peter Campo Dennis P. Cleary, Esq. John Contrata Michael F. Curatolo, CFS Dale B. Demyanick, CPA David DiMatteo, Esq. Kenneth C. Drake, MBA Jed A. Dutweiler Gayle L. Eagan, Esq. Catherine B. Eberl, Esq. Paul Eberz, CFP Robert J. Ellis, MBA Patrick L. Emmerling, Esq.
Frank G. Evans Jr., MBA David D. Fenster, Esq. Jennifer G. Flannery, Esq. Lawrence C. Franco, Esq. Robert F. Gaylord Warren B. Gelman, Esq. Patricia A. George, Esq. Kevin K. Gluc, Esq. Michael F. Godshaw, CLU, CPCU Adam Goldfarb Jeffrey M. Goldfarb, CFP George H. Gray, Esq. Christopher T. Greene, Esq. Peter J. Grogan, CFP, CLU, AIFA, AEP Thomas P. Grogan, CPA, CFP Gordon R. Gross, Esq. Richard O. Hopkins Elizabeth R. Hulley, CFP Jeffrey A. Human, Esq. Thomas R. Hyde, Esq. Luke T. Jacobs, Esq. Cheryl A. Jankowski, CPA Jeffrey H. Katz, Esq. Leslie R. Kellogg, Esq.
Charles F. Kreiner Jr. Robert J. Kresse, Esq. Sally B. Logan, Esq. David J. Luzon, Esq. Teresa M. Majors, CPA Christopher M. Marks, Esq., MBA Kim M. Masiello, ChFC, CLU Gerard T. Mazurkiewicz, CPA Geoffrey M. McDermid, CLTC, LUTCF Mindy Menke, Esq. Laurie L. Menzies, Esq. John A. Moscati, Esq. Gary L. Mucci, Esq. Michael E. Munschauer, CFP David A. Nelson, CPA John Pieroni, CFP Michael A. Piette, Esq. Bruce D. Reinoso, Esq. George E. Riedel Jr., Esq. Daniel A. Roblin III, CFP Robert W. Romeo, CFP Mimi Schanzlin, MBA, CFP Alan K. Scheff Hyman M. Scheff
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Daniel D. Shonn Jr., Esq. David Siwiec Jamie M. Smith, Esq. Michael Songin, CPA Robert G. Spampata, Esq. Ellen G. Spencer, Esq. Rosemarie C. Steeb, CPA* Dennis J. Szymkowiak, CPA Melanie C. Tisdale, Esq. Nicole R. Tzetzo, Esq. Gregory J. Urban, CPA, CVA Carolyn D. Valenti, CPA Cynthia E. Vance, CFP Lisa J. Walsh Thomas Waring Jr., ChFC, CLU Mr. William M. Weir Sharon Wick, Esq. Richard Wojciechowski, CPA Lee C. Wortham, MBA Suzanne W. Yount, ChFC, CLU Thomas R. Zugger, ChFC, CLU
Gayle Eagan, Esq. (pictured second from right) received the 2015 Gordon R. Gross Award in recognition of her inspiring commitment to both the Community Foundation and Western New York. Also pictured are Community Foundation Board Member Larry Franco, Esq.; Community Foundation President/CEO Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker; and Gordon R. Gross, Esq., former Community Foundation Chair.
GORDON R. GROSS, ESQ. AWARD PRESENTED TO GAYLE EAGAN, ESQ. Established in 2013, the Gordon R. Gross, Esq. Award recognizes a professional advisor who helps the Community Foundation connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York, both personally and professionally. The award was named after Gordon R. Gross, Esq. who is a champion for the Community Foundationâ€™s mission of driving change in our region. Gayle Eagan, Esq. was chosen to receive the 2015 Gordon R. Gross, Esq. Award for her generous spirit, her commitment to her clients and community and for serving as a tireless advocate for the Community Foundation. A now retired partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, Gayle has been advising clients in trust and estate matters for more than two decades. It is through her wise counsel that she consistently recommends the Community Foundation as a solution for her clientsâ€™ charitable objectives.
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EXPLORING NEW PATHS TO PROSPERITY NIAGARA AREA FOUNDATION Getting to work was literally and figuratively the driving force for the Niagara Area Foundation in 2015. The volunteer leadership council got to work convening community members to discover how they could work together to address two challengesâ€“workforce development and transportationâ€“identified at a county-wide Solutions Forum.
Pictured left to right are the panelists who participated in the 2015 Transportation Forum: Carolyn Bright, New York State Department of Labor; Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Kelly Dixon, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council; Adam Gibbons, Community Collaborative Consulting; and Gary Wozniak, Recovery Park.
More than 70 community members attended a community conversation in October 2015, led by the Niagara Area Foundation in collaboration with Niagara University, to gain a deeper understanding of the intersection between workforce development and transportation. To do so, national and regional experts were invited to talk about best practices and lessons learned as they worked to address these same issues. Together, the participants discussed opportunities to expand transportation access for local workers. In 2016, the Niagara Area Foundation,
a geographic division of the Community Foundation, will begin to explore the role of philanthropy in creating solutions to the needs identified. Since its formation in 2000, the Niagara Area Foundation has distributed more than $1 million to nonprofits that support a mission to connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Niagara County. For more information on the Niagara Area Foundation, please contact Holly Mergenhagen, Esq. at (716) 852-2857, ext. 207.
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2015 Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) Leadership Not Pictured:
Left to Right: Bruce Elliott, Treasurer Mary Ann Oliver
Jan Nichols, Secretary Patricia George, Vice Chair Michael Piette, Chair
Michael Gold Charles Wright Melissa Morinello
FUNDS Dale L. Askey Memorial Fund Henry E. & Susan W. Beamer Endowment Fund Thelma L. & Milfred R. Beck Fund Martha H. Beeman and Judge William L. Kellick Endowment Fund The Lorraine M. & Eugene P. Brady Memorial Scholarship Trust Barbara C. and Edward M. Brink Fund BRI-NK Foundation Jerry and Liz Canada Fund Agnes Clarke Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Fund Caldwell Family Fund Joanne and Franklyn Collins Fund Eugene A. DeFelice, M.D. & Maryanne Harvey Fund Eastern Niagara Fund Ross & Mary Alice Eckert Fund Barbara Ennis Endowment Fund Freischlag Scholarship Fund Theresa Elizabeth Insana Memorial Scholarship Fund Laird Family Foundation Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association Endowment Fund
Lockport Lions Club Sight Fund Lockport Public Library Endowment Fund Stephen C. McKinney Scholarship Fund Joseph and Riva Mehr Fund Thomas F. Miklejn Scholarship Fund Niagara Area Foundation Endowment Fund Niagara Education Foundation Fund Fund for Niagara Hospice Elsie & Eugene Oliver Memorial Scholarship Trust Our Lady of Lebanon Fund Patricia L. Parkinson Scholarship Fund Positive Youth Development Philanthropic Fund The Thomas K. Singer Charitable Trust Daunt & Irene Stenzel Scholarship Fund Troop 6 Ernie Beamer Memorial Scout Fund Fern J. White & Neva A. Jackling Scholarship Fund Wilson Free Library Forever Friends Endowment Fund YWCA of Niagara Fund YWCA of Niagara Munk/Human Memorial Scholarship Trust YWCA of Niagara Ruth N. Downes Fund for Domestic Violence
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ONE COMMUNITYâ€™S GATEWAY TO PROGRESS WYOMING FOUNDATION In todayâ€™s high-speed world, everything from job applications to school enrollment forms are online. Providing access to digital technology has become critical to the fundamental role libraries play in the heart of many rural communities. After hearing from residents how vital the libraries are to keeping the community connected, the Wyoming Foundation recognized an opportunity to support the nine county libraries. By bringing them together in 2015, the libraries were able to discuss common challenges and identify solutions together. This was the first time they were able to collaborate in a convenient way. That is exactly the mission of the Wyoming Foundation, a geographic division of the Community Foundation, in action. The local leadership team is committed to strengthening the quality of life in Wyoming County by
identifying the needs of its residents and finding ways to work together to solve them. In addition to promoting communication among the libraries, the Wyoming Foundation also assembled county healthcare providers through the Thiel Roundtable to discuss common issues and explore new healthcare programming. In 2016, the Thiel Roundtable will work together on a new behavioral health partial hospitalization program. For more information on how you can get involved and support the efforts of the Wyoming Foundation, please call (585) 285-4135.
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2015 Wyoming Foundation Council Pictured Above, Left to Right: Front Row: Anne Conable, Vice-Chair Dave Almeter Back Row: Scott Gardner, Chair Allan Smith Eric Szucs, Secretary & Treasurer Barbara Dominesey Not Pictured: Adrianna Betts Laura Lane Joan Mokdessi
Michael & Elaine Almeter Fund Lawrence M. Appleby Fund Leonard M. Barkin Environmental Conservation Trust for Youth Dr. Charles E. Bartlett Memorial Essay Contest Russell C. Christ, Jr. Fund James and Ethel DeAmesy Fund Stacy Marie Geercken Scholarship Fund Katharine Pingrey Hopkins Memorial Scholarship Fund Mabel Mason Fund Middlebury Historical Society Fund Mr. and Mrs. George Schaumleffel Scholarship Fund Mark E. Strome Scholarship Fund Marjorie and Charles Van Arsdale Family Fund Marjorie Z. Van Arsdale Fund Gary Weidman Fund Wyoming Foundation Endowment Fund Wyoming Free Library Fund
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NEW CLIENTS 2015 Sheriff Michael Amico Fund
The Maclay Family Foundation
The Joyce and Stuart Angert Fund
The Perelandra Fund
Charles and Ione Arrick Charitable Fund
David and Molly Quackenbush Fund
Augustine Family Fund
Reilly Family Foundation
Lana and Howard Benatovich Philanthropic Fund
The Rung Family Foundation
The Robert Bodkin Foundation Maureen E. Brinkworth Memorial Scholarship Buffalo Eye Bank Foundation Endowment Fund Jerry and Liz Canada Fund Estate of Beuline Crawford The D-B Trust Jeffrey T. and Jeanne R. Dorn Fund Paul P. Dosberg Charitable Fund Fagin Family Foundation The Evelyn Falk Fund for the North Collins School District Gelman-Koessler Foundation Hispanic Heritage Council’s Ralph R. Hernandez Bilingual Education Scholarship The K.C. Keane Foundation Kucera - Graham Family Foundation Legacy II Fund Barbara Wirtner Liberatore Fund Lutheran Charities of Western New York Endowment Fund Lutheran Foundation of Western New York Endowment Fund
Hy & Marjorie Scheff Foundation #5 Audrey and Lawrence Silverstein Foundation Michele Sirianni Resident Education Fund Christina M. Sonne Fund Gertrude Angert Victor Child Development Fund Edward and Kathleen Warnke Foundation Evelyn T. Watson Fund for the Promotion and Advancement of “Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching” The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Fund to benefit Western New York Amateur Football Alliance The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Cancer Care The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for the Community Foundation The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Community Assets The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Wish Gift program to benefit Hunter’s Hope Foundation The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Youth Sports Yahoo Community Benefit Fund
ALL FUNDS For more than 96 years, generous individuals, families, foundations and organizations have entrusted the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to steward their charitable resources. We are honored to help these clients make the most of their generosity and take great care to deliver grants in their names exactly as they have directed. The following pages list all of the charitable funds that made up the Community Foundation in 2015. For information about how the Community Foundation can help you establish a permanent source of support to benefit the communities, causes and organizations you care about, please contact Betsy Constantine at (716) 852–2857, ext. 217.
21st Century Fund Acacia Park Fund Advancing Arts & Culture Endowment Fund The AJL Fund Charlotte Albright Fund Dorothy & Eugene Allbert Fund James & Kristin Allen Fund The Robert A. & Ruth E. Allen Memorial Fund Robert A. and Ruth E. Allen Memorial Fund II Allentown Village Society, Inc. Scholarship Fund Michael & Elaine Almeter Fund Paul & Jean Almeter Fund Ina D. Alt Trust Amherst South Rotary Club Endowment Fund Amico Fund Anna May Andrews Trust Joseph & Margaret Andrews Educational Trust Fund William Henry Andrews Bequest Elizabeth & John Angelbeck Foundation The Joyce and Stuart Angert Fund
Annual Odd FellowsRebekah Award Lawrence M. Appleby Fund Charles and Ione Arrick Charitable Fund Arts Academy Fund Fund for the Arts Dale L. Askey Memorial Fund Augustine Family Fund Emily E. Babchak Memorial Fund Cameron Baird Endowment Fund for BP Chorus Cameron Baird Fund Dara L. Barker Memorial Fund Leonard M. Barkin Environmental Conservation Trust for Youth C. Edgar Barlow Scholarship Fund Nora Shea Barnwell Endowment Fund James M. and Barbara J. Barrett Family Foundation Dr. Charles E. Bartlett Memorial Essay Contest Oliver G. & Sarah Sloan Bauman Fund for the Arts Henry E. & Susan W. Beamer Endowment Fund
Community Foundation Board Member (far left) Jennifer J. Parker, with students and Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative partners and supporters attending the 2015 Women of Color in STEM Conference as part of the CGLI’s Success Looks Like Me® General Motors Headquarters trip to Detroit, Michigan.
Thelma L. & Milfred R. Beck Fund George E. Becker Fund for Heart Research Martha H. Beeman and Judge William L. Kellick Endowment Fund Lawrence D. Bell Bequest Bell Bequest-Clarkson University Bell Bequest-Crippled Children’s Guild Bell Bequest-Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired
Bell Bequest-Erie County S.P.C.A. Bell Bequest-Hobart College Bell Bequest-Mental Diseases Bell Bequest-National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction Bell Bequest-U.B. School of Engineering Bell Fund Trust #1 Bell Fund Trust #2 Grover E. Bell Award Edgar Bellersheim Scholarship Fund Benaiah Fund
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ALL FUNDS Lana and Howard Benatovich Philanthropic Fund Adrian A. & Betsy B. Bennett Fund Bennett Alumni Association Foundation Fund Bennett High School Alumni Scholarship Fund The Berardi Fund The Better Buffalo Fund Harry J. Beu Scholarship Fund Alanson C. Bigalow Scholarship Fund Josephine Biontolillo Bequest Charles A. & Anne L. Bird Fund Corrine G. Bird Bequest Reverend A. Joseph Bissonette Memorial Fund Peter D. Blacher Health Care Fund Virgil A. & Margaret L. Black Memorial Fund Brian H. Blesy Memorial Scholarship Fund Anna Kowalska Bley Music Memorial Award Maurice G. Bley Drama Memorial Award BlueCross/BlueShield Physicians Fund for Childrenâ€™s Health The Robert Bodkin Foundation Jule Bogner Philanthropic Fund Robert Bojdak & Sarah Williams Fund Bollier Family Fund Dr. Germante L. Boncaldo Scholarship Fund Book and Material Buying Endowment Fund Tom Borrelli Memorial Fund Richard Boyd Bowen Memorial Scholarship Fund
Richard W. Bowen Fund Kathleen M. Box-Krycia Memorial Scholarship Fund Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Fund Boys & Girls Club of Eden Fund BP/Carborundum Scholarship Fund The Lorraine M. & Eugene P. Brady Memorial Scholarship Trust Irma Brand Bequest David & Jessica Brason Philanthropic Fund James E. Braunberns Bequest Anthony A. Brese Scholarship Rosalie H. Bretzfelder Fund John Bridge Memorial Fund Belmore Hicks Bridgford Fund BRI-NK Foundation Barbara C. and Edward M. Brink Fund Maureen E. Brinkworth Memorial Scholarship Agnes Clarke Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund Jean Knowlton Brown Fund Jean M. Brown Fund Henry W. & Martha L. Bruner Philanthropic Fund Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Fund Brzezinski Philanthropic Fund BTF Make a Dream Come True Scholarship Fund Sarah Hill Buck Philanthropic Fund Martin A. Buecking Bequest Buffalo Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Endowment Fund Buffalo Audubon Endowment Fund
800 funds and foundations under the Community Foundation roof Buffalo Eye Bank Foundation Endowment Fund Buffalo Forward Foundation Buffalo Green Fund Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance Scholarship Fund Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy Fund Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Permanent Endowment Fund Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Endowment Fund Buffalo Prep Endowment Fund Buffalo Rotary Foundation Fund Buffalo Seminary Alumnae Association Buffalo Seminary Board Designated Investment Fund Buffalo Seminary Brown Funds
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Buffalo Seminary Core Investment Fund Buffalo Seminary Historic Dollar Value Preservation Fund Buffalo Yacht Club Fund Joseph E. Buran Music Fund Burtsell-Steuernagel Memorial Fund Michael R. Butler & Glenys Maschoff Butler Fund Walter L. Byram Bequest Kate Cady Endowment Fund The Caerus Forum Philanthropic Fund Caldwell Family Fund Christopher Callan Memorial Scholarship Fund Callan Family Scholarship Fund Calpin Family Fund Jerry and Liz Canada Fund Elizabeth J. Cappella Birthday Trust Career Aspiration Scholarship Fund
Cargill Scholarship Fund Gustaf & Sigrid Carlson Memorial Fund Margaret E. Carnahan Bequest Edna L. Carroll Trust Leonard M. Castrianno Scholarship Fund Philip & Joyce Celniker Family Fund Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature Fund Eldon H. Chaddock Bequest Robert J. Chambers Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund R. Mark Chandley Scholarship Fund Clifford C. Chapman Memorial Fund Dr. Norman Chassin Endowment Fund Irwin H. Cheskin Fund Children’s Programming & Resources Endowment Fund Willis E. Chilson Memorial Fund Mark Chowaniec Memorial Fund Russell C. Christ Jr. Fund William & Ida Christie Fund for Music Mary & Robert Chur Scholarship Fund Frances G. Churchill Bequest Fund f.b.o. the Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church Helen Anderson Cobb Bequest Velma C. Cobb Scholarship Fund The Ilka Cohn Fund The Ilka Cohn Health Fund Colligan Family Fund Bronson & Margaret Collins Scholarship Fund Joanne and Franklyn Collins Fund
Michael Collins and Kathleen O’Leary Charitable Fund James and Judith Collord Fund Community Services Support Foundation Community Impact Fund Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative Endowment Fund Conable Family Foundation Fund Mildred Bork Conners & Joseph E. Conners Fund
Mildred Bork Conners & Joseph E. Conners Scholarship Owen D. Connolly Flex Fund Gerhard A. & Lura L. Cook Educational Fund Sonja H. & Carlton P. Cooke Jr. Fund Joseph & Bernadette S. Corcoran Fund The Peter C. Cornell Trust Russell E. Corser Fund Kathryn R. Cottrell Scholarship Fund Annette Cravens Fund
To mark the 75th Anniversary of Kleinhans Music Hall, the Community Foundation’s Clotilde PerezBode Dedecker and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Executive Director Daniel Hart honored the institutions’ shared history with a grant that created the Kleinhans Music Hall Archive Room.
Community Foundation Board Member Dr. Danis J. Gehl with Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) supporter Dinorah Santos at a CGLI event.
Estate of Beuline Crawford Betty Crump Fund Wilma T. Csont Fund Jeanette M. Daigler (Class of 1965) and Aldine M. Tarbell (Class of 1946) Scholarship Fund Damon Family Fund Mason O. Damon Endowment Fund Grace Neff Daniels Memorial Fund Dorothy C. Darlak Memorial Fund Herbert F. & Bertha W. Darling Trust Herbert F. & Jane K. Darling Philanthropic Fund Louis R. Davidson Bequest Ethel M.C. Davis Scholarship Fund Davis Family Fund The D-B Trust Eaton Deabold Scholarship Fund Deaconess Hospital Nurses Alumni Fund James and Ethel DeAmesy Fund Decillis Family Philanthropic Fund Eugene A. DeFelice, M.D. & Maryanne Harvey Fund Elizabeth Deichman Fund Elizabeth Deichman Fund fbo Buffalo Animal Shelter M. Dolores Denman Fund for Community Needs Heather J. DePaolo-Johnny Memorial Fund DePerno Family Fund Loraine Altro Dietz Scholarship Fund Alfred H. & Irene N. Dobrak Trust David Donald Fund Holly Augspurger Donaldson Fund
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ALL FUNDS Peter J. Ferraro Freischlag Dopkins Philanthropic Fund Herman G. & Emma A. Ernst Fund Memorial Fund Scholarship Fund Stu & Nancy Dorfman Herman G. and Emma A. Edward A. & Stephanie E. Fay & Fred Friedman Foundation Ernst Fund for Fial Fund Family Foundation Fund Jeffrey T. and Jeanne R. Catholic Charities Robert J. and Martha B. Friends of Night People Dorn Fund Josephine & Michael Fierle Scholarship Fund Endowment Fund Paul P. Dosberg Ervolina Charitable Fund Anne Catt Filer Fund Marjorie D. Frink University of Pennsylvania Evans Bank Scholarship Fund Scholarship Finer Buffalo Fund Foundation Fund The Fund for Nature Paul P. Dosberg Fischle - Laesser Fagin Family Foundation Charitable Fund Endowment Fund Fuzak Family/Joan M. The Evelyn Falk Fund & Victor T. Fuzak Fund Francis P. Douglas Fisher Family Fund for the North Collins Memorial Fund Galbraith Family Fund Henry and Constance Drew School District Foundation for Children Jerome Dreyfuss Scholarship Fund Peter Dominik, Helen & Paul Leon Drumsta Memorial Fund Eagan Family Endowment Fund Eastern Niagara Fund Ross & Mary Alice Eckert Fund Dr. Kenneth H. Sr. & Marjorie B. Eckhert Fund (1) Dr. Kenneth H. Sr. & Marjorie B. Eckhert Fund (2) Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative Advisory Council members and donors ECMC Lifeline Fund meet singer and entrepreneur John Legend during a reception as part of the Economic Self-Sufficiency University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series. Endowment Fund Eden Community Derek Falkenbach Burt Flickinger Jr. Sean P. Galliher Jr. Foundation Scholarship Fund Leadership Fund Scholarship Fund Darwin E. & Evelyn E. FANA Scholarship Fund Doris L. Flierl Trust William Paul Ganley Ellis Fund Scholarship Fund Emmons B. Farrar G&W Follies Pauline Ellis Scholarship Scholarship Fund Scholarship Fund Elizabeth Crosby Fund Gardner Fund June Farrington Fund George & Lydia Richards Marjorie & Mary Louise Helen S. Garms Bequest Ruth E. Farrington Bequest Form Endowment Fund Emerson Bequest Frank S. Fosdick Gateway - Longview Worth L. Farrington Fund Esther Link Emig Fund Scholarship Future Fund Theodore S. Fassett Empire of America M. Florence Fraley Fund Stacy Marie Geercken Memorial Fund Federal Savings Bank in memory of her son, Scholarship Fund Paul S. Feinstein Scholarship Fund George K. Fraley Jr. Gelman-Koessler Scholarship Fund Barbara Ennis The Philip Frandina Foundation David R. Fendrick Endowment Fund Scholarship Fund Eleanor M. and Willard A. Theatre Fund Fund for the Environment Harriet Frank Genrich Scholarship Fund Donald Ferguson Fund Scholarship Fund Erie County SPCA Fund
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George Family Foundation Jean E. Gilmore Philanthropic Fund The Anthony H. and Richard E. Gioia Fund Robert and Sally Gioia Fund The Gisel Family Fund Norman Goldfarb Award Fund Dena Goldstein Memorial Scholarship Fund Gondree Family Fund Diane J. Goodberry Memorial Scholarship Fund William F. Goodson Bequest Josephine Goodyear Foundation Graham-Kucera Philanthropic Fund Joanne Champion Granger Fund Grassroots Gardens J. Milton Zeckhauser Memorial Endowment Fund Great Lakes United Endowment Fund
Greater Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship Fund Grelick Family Foundation Roberta Grimm Charitable Gift Fund Elmer P. Groben Memorial Fund Thekla R. Groben Bequest Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Dr. Alan J. Gross Dental Student Fund Gordon R. & Gretchen S. Gross Family Fund Lou Gross Memorial Fund Grosvenor Society Endowment Fund Seth Grosvenor Book and Material Endowment Fund G. R. S. Fund Joan Willard Gruen Philanthropic Fund Lillian M. Gruener Business Education Scholarship Fund William J.C. & Louise Grupp Memorial Fund
Howard and Valerie Rosenhoch attend the third annual Pay It Forward Awards event hosted by the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative.
Ray and Doris Guenter Scholarship Fund Charles & Marion Hahn Fund Gary P. Hall Endowment Fund Joan Hetzelt Hanifin Memorial Fund Joan Hetzelt Hanifin Theatre Fund Thomas J. Hanifin BPO Fund II Rae A. Hanigan Memorial Fund Leonard L. & Blanche F. Hank Fund Andrew C. Hansen Scholarship Fund Daphne Hare Fund Harvard Summer Community Service Fund Harvey Family Fund Dominik Hasek Sports & Scholarship Fund Hawk Creek Foundation Fund Health Foundation of Western and Central New York Philanthropic Fund HealthNow Healthy Living Endowment Fund HealthNow Healthy Living Fund William J. & Frieda H. Heckelman Memorial Fund Leo J. Winter & Marie R. Winter Heim Fund Leo J. Winter & Marie R. Winter Heim Fund II Ilene N. Hein Fund Loren Hendrix Memorial Award William Hengerer Company Fund Heritage Christian Services - Anne Wolf Quality of Life Fund Margaret Bierl Herr Memorial Fund
Herbert A. Hickman Fund Mildred T. Hill Fund Harry S. Hilliker Bequest Hispanic Heritage Councilâ€™s Ralph R. Hernandez Bilingual Education Scholarship Hispanic Womenâ€™s League Endowment Fund Historic & Architectural Landmarks Endowment Fund Carolynne Schutz Hoddick Memorial Campership Fund The Mary Lou Hopkins Fund L. Nelson Hopkins Jr. Family Fund Katharine Pingrey Hopkins Memorial Scholarship Fund The John R. Hotchkin Memorial Endowment Fund Marie S. and Frederic K. Houston Fund Dr. Irene Hu and Ronald Chang Scholarship Fund Anne Sage Hubbell Fund Jayne & Phil Hubbell Foundation Margaret Huffman Scholarship Fund Martin R. Hughson Memorial Fund Geoffrey Hull Memorial Scholarship Robert & Eileen Hull Fund John Hulley & Elizabeth Rydzynski-Hulley Fund H. Reed Hunt Fund Hutch-Tech Alumni Scholarship Fund Increasing Racial & Ethnic Equity Endowment Fund Industrial Educational Fund Ingleside Home Memorial Fund Theresa Elizabeth Insana Memorial Scholarship Fund
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ALL FUNDS International Association of Administrative Professionals Scholarship Fund Mariann Inzinna Camp Good Days & Special Times Fund Mariann Inzinna Extra Mile Fund Irish Classical Theatre Company Endowment Fund Bill and Jean Irr Family Foundation Irsch Fund Elizabeth R. Jacobs Foundation Grover & Isabel James Fund Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Fund A. Wesley Johns Fund (as established in the Will of June B. Johns) D. Bruce & Gail Johnstone Fund D. Bruce and Gail Johnstone Philanthropic Fund Gail Johnstone Community Leadership Fund A. David & Heather M. Jones Advisory Fund Blanche B. Joseph Trust Jacob G. Joseph Bequest Jacob G. Joseph Bequest (Camp) Jacob G. Joseph Bequest Jewish Federation Josh’s Journey Fund The Joy Family Foundation The William and Anne Joyce Fund Junior League of Buffalo 1919 Fund Linda A. & Kenneth R. Kahn Fund Peter G. Karamanos II Scholarship Fund
Nellie Karlak Scholarship Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Karsten Scholarship Fund The K.C. Keane Foundation Ruth M. Keeney Bequest
Jane B. Kinkead Community Service Fund - Faith United Methodist Church Jane B. Kinkead Community Service Fund - Greenfield
Community Foundation President/CEO Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker was invited to the White House as a panelist to discuss the philanthropic response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Also pictured are Joe Echevarria, retired CEO of Deloitte Consulting, LLP and Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
Ruth M. Keeney Scholarship Howard Kellogg Trust Kensington High School Alumni Association Fund Jenna Kern Memorial Scholarship Fund C. Taylor Kew Memorial Fund James William Kideney & Isabel Houck Kideney Fund Donald E. Killingbeck Memorial Fund Louise Kimberly Bequest Ralph Kimberly Bequest Kinerk Family Fund Barbara King & Marion Mabee Memorial Fund
Alfred H. & Emma M. Kirchhofer Fund Kittinger Family Fund Kiwanis Club of Kensington Fund Klein Family Philanthropic Fund Albert J. Klinck Bequest American Red Cross Albert J. Klinck Bequest Children’s Guild Albert J. Klinck Bequest Episcopal Church Home Foundation of WNY, Inc. Albert J. Klinck Bequest Evangelical Lutheran Albert J. Klinck Bequest Fresh Air Mission
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Albert J. Klinck Memorial Fund Charles M. Knapp Educational Memorial Fund Florence L. Knorl Memorial Kensington High School Scholarship Fund Howard J. Knorl Scholarship Fund John T. and Carol V. Kociela Endowment John and Byron Koekkoek Endowment for Fair Housing Education John and Byron Koekkoek Endowment for Fair Housing Education #2 Madeline A. Kraft Bequest Kreher Family Fund Howard G. Kreiner Bequest Krieger Family Fund Albert P. & Maryon C. Krueger Fund Kucera - Graham Family Foundation L414 Children’s Memorial Fund Labor Of/For Love Fund Herbert P. Ladds Jr. Scholarship Fund Allen & Lillian Laese Memorial Fund Allen & Lillian Laese Scholarship Fund Lafayette High School Scholarship Fund Dr. Harry G. LaForge Bequest Laird Family Foundation Langley Family Fund Frank P. Langley Jr. Fund Edith Haake Lankler Scholarship Janet K. Larkin & John D. Larkin III Fund Wilfred and Joan Larson Fund
Albert H. Laub Bequest Howard C. Laverack Bequest Lawley Insurance Scholarship Fund Edmond & Margaretha Lawrence Fund David & Marie Leamy Endowed Fund Legacy II Fund Hubert George & Alice Shyne Leising Fund Jamie Lembeck Memorial Fund Edward H. Letchworth Bequest
Edward H. Letchworth Memorial Fund Mrs. Rosemary LoDestro Lett Memorial Fund Lewis Family Fund Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association Endowment Fund Barbara Wirtner Liberatore Fund The Library Foundation of Buffalo & Erie County Anonymous Donor Endowment Fund Library Foundation of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc. Fund
Library Foundation of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc. Permanent Endowment Fund Olga Murray Lindberg - National League of American Pen Women Scholarship Fund Lions Blind & Charity Fund Stanford Lipsey Scholarship Fund L.K.P. Trust Lockport Public Library Endowment Fund Locust Street Art Classes Forever Foundation
Phillip C. and Josephine R. Saglibene-Lombardo Endowment Fund William F. Long Fund George and Teresa Lukis Family Fund Edward P. Lupfer Memorial Scholarship Lutheran Charities of Western New York Endowment Fund Lutheran Foundation of Western New York Endowment Fund Sam Lux Fund Katherine & John MacDonald Foundation
The Power of Endowment $2.0
All balances in millions
$0.0 ORIGINAL GIFT IN 1975
VALUE IN 2015
TOTAL GRANTS TO CHARITY SINCE 1975
At her death in 1975, a widow gifted $400,000 to the Community Foundation to create a fund as a tribute to her late beloved husband. Originally from Germany, the couple made Buffalo their home and she wished to take care of their adopted community in perpetuity. By the end of 2015 the fund had grown to $1.3 million and had given another $1.6 million to support the changing needs of the community.
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David Hahn-Baker on a community impact tour at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum.
Norman E. Mack II Fund The Maclay Family Foundation R & J Magavern Fund Antoinette Malanowicz Fund for Cancer Research Horace L. Mann Memorial Fund James & Margel Marean Endowed Fund Julia W. Marks Fund Marie A. Marshall Fund Martin House Endowment Fund Mabel Mason Fund Arlene & Ruth Mathews Fund Raymond F. May, M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund Belton & Mabel McCarley Scholarship Fund Lilla B. McCready Bequest Heather A. McGowan Scholarship Fund Frank and Donna McGuire Fund Stephen C. McKinney Scholarship Fund Grace Fallon & Rapier Hayden McMenamy Fund Arthur J., Alice M. & Dr. James McMullen Memorial Fund
Meals on Wheels of Buffalo & Erie County Endowment Barbara T. Meech & Robert B. Meech Fund Joseph and Riva Mehr Fund Robert H. & Rita Meier Memorial Scholarship Fund Melson Fund Ida M. Mevius Bequest MIBBS Fund Middlebury Historical Society Fund Thomas F. Miklejn Scholarship Fund Benjamin Milak Memorial Scholarship Fund Thomas and Jennie Militello Family Foundation Dr. Gustave P. Milkey & Janet B. Milkey Fund Alice Greger Miller Memorial Fund Lloyd A. Miller Scholarship Fund Susan & Richard Minekime Family Fund Sperry W. Miner Bequest Amos J. & Leigh Hunt Minkel Memorial Student Fund Marcella & Felix Mioducki Fund
Marcella & Felix Mioducki Fund for Cancer Research Miss Buffalo Fund Mitchell Family Philanthropic Fund MJH Fund Edward H. Moeller Scholarship Fund Mildred Moffat Bequest Richard H. Morse Fund Mothersâ€™ Club of Buffalo Scholarship Fund MPZ Endowment Fund Dr. Carol A. Munschauer Charitable Foundation Sarah & Richard Munschauer Fund Nativity Fund NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo Fund Henry M., Patricia A. & Mary Brainard Naylon Bequest Robert B. Newcomb Trust Jon Newman Memorial Scholarship Fund The NFJC of WNY Fund Niagara Area Foundation Endowment Fund Niagara Education Foundation Fund Fund for Niagara Hospice Niagara Relicensing Environmental Coalition Fund Normandy Fund Robert and Marion North Fund NTHS Alliance for Higher Education & Development Fund John R. Oishei Foundation Scholarship Program Fund Nathalie Hawthorne Olena Bequest Elsie & Eugene Oliver Memorial Scholarship Trust Mary Louise Olmsted Fund
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Open Key Fund The Oâ€™Neil-White Family Fund Orchard Park Lions Club Trust Fund Orchard Park Public Library Endowment Fund Robert Oristaglio Humanitarian Award Pearl B. & J. Lawrence Osborne Memorial Fund Our Lady of Lebanon Fund James R Owen Scholar/ Athlete Cross Country Award Scholarship The Park School Foundation of Buffalo Patricia L. Parkinson Scholarship Fund Norma & Samuel Payne Fund Pediatric Digestion & Motility Disorders Society Gretchen Rand Penney Bequest The Ralph F. Peo Fund The Perelandra Fund J. Warren Perry & Charles Donald Perry Memorial Trust Michael J. Perry Scholarship Fund Pet Emergency Endowment Fund The Peter and Tommy Fund Hanna Peters Trust Norma E. Pfeifer Fund PFLAG Buffalo/Niagara Endowment Fund Albert & Mildred Pfrender Bequest Alexander & Irene Phillips Scholarship Fund Phillips Lytle Foundation Pickburn Memorial Fund for Wildlife Frederick S. & Phyllis W. Pierce Family Fund Pieroni Greco Family Fund
Pinto Foundation Fund Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Fund Police Athletic League of Buffalo Agency Endowment Fund Benny J. Polizzi Memorial Award Fund Edwin Polokoff Fund Georgina Polokoff Fund Braman Pomeroy Trust Horace B. Pomeroy Fund Edgar F. Pope Scholarship Fund
Positive Youth Development Philanthropic Fund Susan Harvey Prentis Fund Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Inc. Fund Professional Engineers Fund David and Molly Quackenbush Fund Lawrence Quinn Fund Marnie Currie Quinones Scholarship Fund Mary A. Hodson & Josephine E. Radziwon Memorial Scholarship Fund
Horace L. Mann* left his legacy to the Community Foundation to be used to address the most critical needs of the community over time. This legacy of generosity continues to live on as the dollars he bequeathed to the Community Foundation continue to support the Buffaloâ€™s Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, which helps families in low-income neighborhoods address home health and safety hazards like lead poisoning, and improve energy efficiency.
Elizabeth A. Rambo Bequest George F. Rand Bequest Mr. & Mrs. George F. Rand Memorial Fund George F. & Isabel W. Rand Memorial Fund May C. Randazzo Scholarship Fund Rare Book and Special Collections Endowment Fund Gregory K. Raynor Memorial Fund Read to Succeed Buffalo Endowment Fund Douglas L. Rehlaender Trust Reilly Family Foundation Ruth B. Reinhardt Memorial Scholarship Fund Eugene T. Reville Memorial Scholarship Fund Charles Elbert Rhodes Scholarship Bequest Molly & Luke Rich Mental Health Fund Sara B. Richmond Scholarship Fund Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Riefler Memorial Fund Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Riefler Scholarship Fund Charles and Alice Rolland Scholarship Fund Arthur H. & Olga M. Rosche Environmental Education Fund Ross Family Fund Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted Ross Fund Natalie Kubera Roth Fund Natalie Kubera Roth Fund for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Jane Ruff Memorial Fund Rumsey Fund The Rung Family Foundation
Rupp Scholarship Award Fund Michael W. Russell Fund The Nelson Russell Memorial Fund C. Gordon Ryther Memorial Scholarship Fund John P. Samson Memorial Fund Sandstone Trust Howard T. Saperston Sr. Trust Philip S. Savage Trust Estelle Sawyer Writing Award Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund C. Edgar & Roberta S. Schabacker Trust Mr. and Mrs. George Schaumleffel Scholarship Fund Alan and Michele Scheff Family Fund Hy & Marjorie Scheff Foundation Hyman & Marjorie Scheff Foundation #3 Hy & Marjorie Scheff Foundation #4 Hy & Marjorie Scheff Foundation #5 Edward C. Schlenker Trust Harley J. & Alice M. Schlieder Scholarship William Kenneth Schmitt Fund Schneider Family Fund Norman A. Schoell Scholarship Fund Norman A. Schoell Charitable Foundation Inc. Philanthropic Scholarship Fund Alfred H. SchoellkopfElizabeth Pierce Olmsted, M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired
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ALL FUNDS Alfred H. SchoellkopfRoswell Park Emmie F. Schoellkopf Fund Jacob F. SchoellkopfJefferson Penn Fund The Jacob F. Schoellkopf Trust for the University of Buffalo Jacob F. & Wilma S. Schoellkopf Foundation Fund Jacob F. and Wilma S. Schoellkopf Trust J.F. Schoellkopf Jr. Bequest J.F. Schoellkopf IV Memorial Fund Judith Abbott Schoellkopf Fund Judith Abbott Schoellkopf Memorial Fund Walter H. Schoellkopf Memorial Fund Laura C. Scholl Memorial Fund Albert G. Schuele Scholarship Fund (Albert), Maude & Marion Schuele Memorial Fund Albert, Maude, & (Marion) Schuele Memorial Fund The Schultz Family Fund Richard G. Schwind & Rhoda Robertson Schwind Fund D. Sinclair Scott & Dorothy Doane Scott Fund Dr. & Mrs. Roy E. Seibel Philanthropic Fund Melba & Richard Seibold Fund Irene Klingener Selover Fund Seneca Manufacturing Company Scholarship Fund Albert R. & Alma E. Shadle Endowment Fund Sgt. Daniel Shaw Memorial Fund
Brenda Kurtz Shelton & Harry C. Shelton Fund Shifflet-Steffan Scholarship Fund Bernard and Carolyn Shilt Scholarship Fund Bernard & Estelle Siegel Fund Sigma Alpha Nu Scholarship Fund Leonard S. Sikora Scholarship Fund Audrey and Lawrence Silverstein Foundation
A. Warren Smith Jr. & Gretchen L. Smith Fund Harris N. Snyder Fund Society of Financial Service Professionals Buffalo Chapter Endowment Fund Christina M. Sonne Fund Elizabeth & Mary June Sonnenberg Scholarship Fund Sovran Foundation For A Better WNY Robert G. Sr. & Loretta L. Spampata Fund for Education
Lucie M. Stanton Scholarship Fund Ellsworth M. Statler Trust Rosemarie C. Steeb Endowment Fund Lee Ann Steiner / James A. Bourne Fund Daunt & Irene Stenzel Scholarship Fund The E.W. Dann Stevens Perpetual Endowment Fund Charles E. Stewart Memorial Fund Charles F. Stewart Scholarship Fund
Members of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, Alphonso Oâ€™Neil-White, Most Reverend Richard Malone and Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, attend a strategic planning session.
Marjorie Joyce Simmons Memorial Medical Fund The Thomas K. Singer Charitable Trust Michele Sirianni Resident Education Fund SJM3 Fund Joe & Brett Ski Scholarship Fund Dr. Barnett A. Slepian Memorial Fund Edna Foster Smith Bequest Gretchen L. & A. Warren Smith Jr. Changing Needs Fund
Special Fund #7 Dr. Ralph and Lynn Sperrazza Family Scholarship Herman Spiegel & Amanda Spiegel Memorial Fund Janet M. Sporleder Scholarship Fund St. John Hospice Endowment Fund Janina B. Staniewicz Scholarship Fund Barbara C. Stanikunas Scholarship Fund Lucie M. Stanton Memorial Trust
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Grace & Francis Stewart Humanities Scholarship Evelyn Stiem Fund The Stockton Family Fund Mr. & Mrs. Franz T. Stone Trust Morton & Joan Stovroff Childrenâ€™s Programming Endowment Fund Daniel W. Streeter Memorial Fund Ralph W. & Jane P. Strobel Memorial Fund Mark E. Strome Scholarship Fund
The Community Foundation has attracted more than $37 million in funding from outside of Western New York to invest in our region
In November, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced $7 million in gifts through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo as part of its 2015 Transitional Legacy Grant Program to benefit the WNY community for generations to come, including a $1 million gift to the Community Foundation to advance its mission and support continued leadership in the community.
Studio Arena Theatre School Fund Adele W. & Francis X. Sturner Trust Judy Summer Library Endowment Fund Angelo F. Suozzi Memorial Scholarship Fund Sustainable Use Fund of WNY John P. & Lorraine Altwater Sutkus Charitable Fund Swain Family Fund Thomas Swan Fund Swanson Community Fund
Joseph & Loretta Swart Fund Evelyn Swarts Fund Catherine Swerdloff Bequest Swift Family Philanthropic Fund Walter P. Sy, M.D. Scholarship Fund Ruth S. Szalasny Memorial Scholarship Fund Richard C.R. Taggesell Fund The Talboys Family Fund Ambassador Paul D. Taylor â€˜56 Scholarship Fund
Cecil J. Terwilliger Scholarship Fund Edna M. Theobald Trust William F. Thiel Trust Lisa Georger Thompson Memorial Fund Tifft Nature Preserve Fund Stephen W. Tilton Bequest Fund Richard Tobe and Susan B. Tobe Donor Advised Fund Tobin/Filvaroff Family Endowment Margaret & Glenn Tome Scholarship Fund
City of Tonawanda Library Endowment Fund Tops Friendly Markets Art & Music Scholarship Jim Y. and Emilia M. Tou Foundation Elinor Townsend Trust Ethel Vick Wallace Townsend Memorial Fund Townson Family Foundation Eleanor R. Treiber Art Scholarship Fund Trocaire College Endowment Fund Turin Fund Dr. Clarence A. Tyler Scholarship Fund Jim & Donna Tyrpak Family Fund United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Endowment United Way Human Services Fund Urban Christian Ministries Fund USS The Sullivans (DD537) Fund William L. Van Schoonhoven Fund Marjorie and Charles Van Arsdale Family Fund Marjorie Z. Van Arsdale Fund Blanch H. Van Valkenburgh Scholarship Fund Variety Club Foundation Fund
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ALL FUNDS Gertrude Angert Victor Child Development Fund James W. Vogel Memorial Scholarship Fund Frederick A. Vogt Scholarship Fund Wadsworth Fund Carol G. Wagner Fund for Historic Research & Preservation Wagner Family Fund Aaron Matthew Waldeck Scholarship Fund Elizabeth DeWees Walker Scholarship Fund Helen V. Walker Bequest William B. Walsh Trust Fund Kuang Mei Wang Fund Margaret M. Ward Bequest The Ward Family Fund Dr. Paul L. Warner Memorial Chemistry Award Edward and Kathleen Warnke Foundation Eileen and Rupert Warren Charitable Fund Evelyn T. Watson Fund for the Promotion and Advancement of “Historical Phases of Prophetic Teaching” Frieda W. Waugh Memorial Fund Frieda W. Waugh Memorial Student Fund Monica M. Weidenbach Memorial Scholarship Fund Gary Weidman Fund Bernard D. Welt & Ida Z. Welt Fund Western New York Land Conservancy Endowment Fund Charlotte Potter Whitcher Trust Alyne D. White Bequest
21st Century Fund members Michele Schmidt, Ken Dulian and Ami Greatbatch join a tour to see changing needs dollars at work in various communities throughout Buffalo.
Fern J. White & Neva A. Jackling Scholarship Fund Fred H. & Lorene L. White Fund William and Betty Wilder Scholarship Fund Betty Ball Wilder Fund James Wilding Fund Dorothy Barrow Wilding Fund Walter Wiles Charitable Fund Henrietta M. Wiley Bequest The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Fund to benefit Western New York Amateur Football Alliance The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Cancer Care The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for the Community Foundation The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Community Assets The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Wish Gift program to benefit Hunter’s Hope Foundation
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Endowment Fund for Youth Sports Wilson Free Library Forever Friends Endowment Fund WNY Arts Initiative WNY Lacrosse for Kids WNY MEET Fund WNY Women’s Foundation Dick Wohler Hutch-Tech Professional Engineering Scholarship Paul Wojtaszek Scholarship Fund Genevieve Wojtusiak Fund Polly Rumsey Wolfe Fund Wyoming County Medical & Nursing Scholarships Wyoming Foundation Endowment Fund Wyoming Free Library Fund Yahoo Community Benefit Fund Lucinda Yang Scholarship Fund YMCA Buffalo Niagara Agency Endowment Fund YouthTime
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YWCA of Niagara Fund YWCA of Niagara Ruth N. Downes Fund for Domestic Violence YWCA of Niagara Munk/ Human Memorial Scholarship Trust The Zebro Fund Gustav & Grete M. Zimmer Bequest Laurette Zwelling Fund
The Power of Endowment $5.0
All balances in millions
$0.0 ORIGINAL GIFT IN 1991
VALUE IN 2015
TOTAL GRANTS TO CHARITY SINCE 1991
To honor his wifeâ€™s life-long dedication to community, this client established a fund in their names to support the organizations she cared so much about after their lifetimes. The original gift of $2 million in 1991 has since grown by 2.5 times its original value to $4.9 million and has given $3.3 million in grants in their names to the community and organizations she cared about so deeply.
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PERMANENT LEGACIES, CHARITABLE INVESTMENTS AND FUNDING PARTNERS Individuals, families, foundations and organizations entrusted more than $40 million to the Community Foundation in 2015. These dollars gave individuals and families an instrument for passing down family values while providing support for favorite causes, created sources of perpetual support for treasured nonprofit organizations and helped co-fund work on education, the arts and the environment. Below is a list of those who entrusted $1,000 or more in charitable assets to the Community Foundation in 2015. Anonymous (10) Mr. Jeffrey Adams Joyce and Stuart Angert Estate of Lawrence Appleby Mrs. Ione B. Arrick Mr. Glenn W. Arthurs Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Ash Dr. Fred & Mary Ervolina Atkins Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Augustine The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation The Baird Foundation Ms. Karen L. Baker-Levin Mr. Norman M. Bakos Mr. Charles Balbach Balbach Family Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation Mrs. Allene C. Barans Mr. & Mrs. James M. Barrett Ms. Melissa Baumgart Henry and Susan Beamer Dr. & Mrs. Howard W. Benatovich Friends of Bennett High School Alumni Association Mr. and Mrs. Martin Berardi Estate of Leah Bigalow James and Joanne Biltekoff George and Claire Bishop
The Friends and Family of Brian Blesy Estate of Robert Bodkin Mr. Robert J. Bojdak and Ms. Sarah Williams Mr. and Mrs. David W. Brason Ms. Amy A. Brinkworth Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Brost Mr. Keirn C. Brown Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bruner Ms. Ruth D. Bryant and Mr. Earl M. Lynch Buffalo Christian Center Buffalo Eye Bank Foundation, Inc. Buffalo Harbor Cruises Buffalo Prep Buffalo Teachers Federation The Buffalo Seminary Buffalo Yacht Club Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Canada Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Castrianno Children's Foundation of Erie County Chur Family Foundation Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation James and Martha Cipriani Michael and Joan Cohen Mr. Michael J. Collins and Dr. Kathleen O'Leary Ms. Anne Conable
Community Foundation clients Steve and Eleanor Ash enjoy a tour of the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum during a Community Foundation learning event.
Ms. Edith Conable Dr. Elizabeth B. Conant and Ms. Camille Cox Estate of Marjorie A. Connors Ms. Lisa Corrin Estate of Beuline Crawford Ms. C. Elizabeth Crump Estate of Wilma Csont CTG Cullen Foundation James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. John W. Danforth Company Victoria L. D'Angelo, Esq. The Davis Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Mark Davis The D-B Trust Adrian F. & Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker Delaware North Companies, Inc.
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Mr. and Mrs. Peter Demakos Dopkins & Company, LLP Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Dorfman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey T. Dorn Paul P. Dosberg Foundation Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William F. Duggleby Drs. Henry and Bonita Durand East Hill Foundation Eastman Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Ross Eckert Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Ervolina Jr. Ms. Susan G. Ervolina Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Ess Evans Bank, N.A.
Mr. Gary Eye Dr. and Mrs. Marshall D. Fagin Estate of Evelyn Falk Estate of Worth L Farrington Ms. Donna M. Ferry Robert J. & Martha B. Fierle Foundation First Niagara Bank Foundation Dr. Mildred J. Fischle Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies Lawrence & Deborah Franco Mrs. Fay Friedman Friends of Crystal Peoples Stokes Friends of Night People Mr. and Mrs. Chris M. Galbraith Ms. Dottie Gallagher-Cohen and Mr. Pascal Cohen Dr. Danis J. Gehl and Mr. Scott W. Gehl General Motors Foundation Mr. Jeffrey M. Genrich Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. George Dr. Grant Golden and Deborah A. Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey M. Goldfarb Dr. Samuel Goodloe Jr. Dr. Susan P. Graham and Dr. Jon C. Kucera Greater Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Association Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Mrs. Roberta J. Grimm Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. Gross Mr. Pete Grum Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo HealthNow New York Inc. Heritage Christian Services Foundation
Board Members Anne Conable, Alex Montante, Dr. Anne Saldanha and Katie Schneider were honored for their leadership and service as members of the Community Foundationâ€™s 2015 Advancement Committee.
Heritage Contract Flooring, L.L.C. Aravind and Elizabeth S. Herle The F.B. Heron Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Sherlock A. Herrick Estate of Marilyn Hillman Jeff & Shelley Hirshberg Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. Hispanic Women's League Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Frederic & Marie Houston Mr. Philip H. Hubbell Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hulley Mr. Roger L. Hungerford and Ms. Linda Limina Hunt Charitable Foundation Irr Supply Centers, Inc. Ms. Elizabeth R. Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Luke Jacobs Bruce & Gail Johnstone Roberta & Michael Joseph Bill & Anne Joyce Junior League of Buffalo, Inc. K.C. Keane Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kahn
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Daniel Acker Scholarship Fund Mr. Emil J. Karcich Gerald Kelly Capital Corp. Mr. Dwight E. King and Ms. Leslie L. Duggleby The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc. Kenneth L. and Katherine G. Koessler Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Kreiner Jr. Larson Foundation Lawley Insurance, Inc. Patrick P. Lee Foundation Dr. Murray Levine Mr. Angelo Liberatore Mr. Paul Liberatore Estate of Philip C. Lombardo Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP Lutheran Charities of Western New York M & T Charitable Foundation Mr. Charles Maclay Jr. Mr. Sam Magavern and Ms. Monica Angle Bill & Linda Magavern Magavern Pool, Inc.
Ms. Ruth Mathews Gerald & Barbara Mazurkiewicz Medina Sandstone Society, Inc. Mrs. Mary Ann Milak-Young and Rev. David R. Young Jock & Betsy Mitchell Alex Montante Moog, Inc. Gary L. Mucci, Esq. F.E. Munschauer Family Foundation Michael & Lorrie Munschauer Mr. Kenneth Myszka Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo Dr. and Mrs. Harry S. Newman Estate of Robert North Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, LLP Nyamekye Foundation The John R. Oishei Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Alphonso O'Neil-White Mr. James R. Owen *deceased
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The Park School Foundation of Buffalo Jennifer J. Parker, J.D. Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Penfold Pierce Family Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Pieroni Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Pollock Dr. Kevin and Merle Pranikoff Mr. and Mrs. David S. Quackenbush Mr. Lawrence Quinn Alicia A. Quinones Frank G. Raichle Foundation Ms. Linda G. Ray Dr. & Mrs. J. Thomas Reagan Mr. Kevin G. Reilly Mr. and Mrs. David Rogers Nan & Craig Rung Mr. and Mrs. David P. Rust Saldanha Family Foundation Sandwich Properties Group LP Mr. and Mrs. Alan K. Scheff Hy & Marjorie Scheff Jane A.C. Schmieder, Esq. Jake and Katie Schneider The Norman A. Schoell Charitable Foundation, Inc. Estate of Melba Y. Seibold Shawangunk Runners Mrs. Brenda K. Shelton Estate of Melba and Richard Siebold Mr. and Mrs. David Silverstein Simple Gifts Fund Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Sirianni Mr. John Somers/Harmac Medical Products, Inc. St. John Baptist Church
Gerould R. Stange The Statler Foundation Estate of Rosemarie C. Steeb Dr. Richard Stockton Jr. Mrs. Ruth V. Stockton Michael & Marsha Joy Sullivan Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Swift Ronald and Margaret Talboys Mr. Edwin O. Tilton Richard Tobe and Susan Bring Tobe Ms. Nancy Tobin Michael & LindaMarie Todd
Traina Interactive Inc. Mrs. Patricia Tufillaro Uniland Development Corporation United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Univera Healthcare Dr. Francisco & Janet Vasquez Vogt Family Foundation, Inc. Connie & Jack Walsh Walsh Duffield Insurance Mr. and Mrs. Edward Warnke Ms. Evelyn T. Watson* Mr. Theodore B. J. Weir
The Weissman Family Foundation The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation Western New York Foundation The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Winthrop Financial, Inc. Wayne & Janet Wisbaum WNY Chapter of NYS Association of Certified Football Officials Mr. Charles E. Wright and Ms. Lina Marie Voutour Yahoo! Ms. Rae Ellen Zahradnik Zenner and Ritter, Inc. *deceased
The Power of Endowment $2.0
All balances in millions
$1.6 $1.4 $1.2 $1.0 $0.8 $0.6 $0.4 $0.2
$0.0 ORIGINAL GIFT IN 1936
VALUE IN 2015
TOTAL GRANTS TO CHARITY SINCE 1936
Established in 1936 through the bequest of a local businessman who died suddenly, this fund has grown from $100,000 to more than $1.6 million today. In the meantime, it has given grants of $1.9 million in the clientâ€™s name to organizations in our community.
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PA ST C H A I R S O F T H E C O M M U N I T Y F O U N DAT I O N B OA R D Jacob F. Schoellkopf 1919–1922
Philip M. Marshall, Esq. 1985–1987
Frank B. Baird 1922–1923
Edwin Polokoff 1987–1989
Jacob G. Joseph 1923–1927
Richard B. McCormick 1989–1991
Oliver Cabana Jr. 1927–1933
Mrs. Warren W. Lane 1991–1993
George F. Rand 1933–1942
Ronald J. Anthony 1993–1994
Edward H. Letchworth, Esq. 1942–1958
John T. Smythe 1994–1995
Charles H. Diefendorf 1958–1966
James B. Denman, Esq. 1995–1996
J.F. Schoellkopf IV 1966–1969
Gordon R. Gross, Esq. 1997–1998
Charles H. Diefendorf 1970–1971
Holly A. Donaldson 1999–2000
George C. Letchworth 1971–1973
Ruth D. Bryant 2001–2002
Howard T. Saperston Sr. 1973–1975
Joseph F. Crangle 2003–2003
Robert I. Millonzi, Esq. 1975–1977
Robert D. Gioia 2004–2006
Adelbert Fleischmann, Esq. 1977–1978
Joseph J. Castiglia 2007–2008
Mrs. C. Taylor Wettlaufer 1978–1980
Andrew J. Rudnick, Ph.D. 2009–2010
Irvine J. Kittinger Jr. 1980–1981
Alphonso O’Neil-White 2011–2012
Mrs. George D. Unger 1981–1985
Gerard Mazurkiewicz 2013–2014
PA S T E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R S/ P R E S I D E N T S/C E O S Dr. Frances Hollingshead 1920–1932
Carlton P. Cooke 1963–1969
Sara Kerr 1932–1940, 1941–1947
Charles E. Stewart 1970–1979
Lars S. Potter 1940–1941
William L. Van Schoonhoven 1979–1996
Daniel W. Streeter 1947–1963
Gail Johnstone 1997–2007
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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 2015 BOARD MEMBERS 1. Gerard Mazurkiewicz, CPA 2. Lawrence C. Franco, Esq. 10
3. Anne Saldanha, M.D. 4. James Biltekoff 5. Anne Conable* 6. Katie Schneider 7. Melissa Baumgart 8. Alice Jacobs, J.D.
9. Alex Montante 10. John N. Walsh, III 17
11. Gary Brost 12. Gary L. Mucci, Esq., Secretary 13. Marsha Joy Sullivan, Chair 14. Bonnie Durand, Ph.D.
15. Ross Eckert, Treasurer 16. Alphonso Oâ€™Neil-White 17. Danis J. Gehl, Ph.D. 22
18. William Joyce, Vice-Chair 19. Jennifer J. Parker, J.D. 20. Richard Stockton, Ph.D. 21. F rancisco Vasquez, Ph.D., Vice-Chair 22. Michael Piette, Esq.*
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