We offer philanthropic support designed to help nonprofits strengthen their organizations, become successful in achieving their missions and further enhance their ability to improve lives throughout Western New York. We give priority to our current and potential grantees for much of this work.
Given our deep respect for the work that our grantees do, we take the time to listen carefully, plan thoughtfully, and develop a customized response and strategy that addresses each organization’s goals. Also, as a leader in the community, we are also able to offer resources to the local nonprofit community as a whole and to spearhead initiatives that benefit the entire region.
Eligibility / Availability
- While we work primarily with our grantees as needs arise, we work with potential grantees who meet eligibility requirements.
- Many of our relationships with nonprofits start long before we provide a grant.
- Philanthropic support is provided based on availability of our in-house resources. We prioritize projects based on urgency and need, the unique nature of the organization’s mission, and the organization’s ability to devote time and resources.
Areas We Support
Affiliations and mergers
- As a community convener, we will facilitate informal conversations among leaders of organizations that are interested in exploring a merger or strategic alignment; please contact us to initiate this process.
Collaboration and innovation
Serving as a community-wide leader and convener, cultivating networks and promoting collaborations, including partnerships to stretch grant dollars
Bringing organizational leaders together to build consensus for action around community issues
Analysis, planning and strategy
Guidance and recommendations on potential marketing and communications partners
Providing Capacity Building Tool Kits that include general communications guidance, expert tips, and best practices; please feel free to use these tool kits in your organization, and share them with others
Leadership development and training
Organizational development and strategy
Guidance and recommendations on executive transition and succession, organizational, administrative, and operational best practices, and Implementation and execution of strategic goals
Research, evaluation, and knowledge management
In addition to serving as a robust resource for community information needs, we proudly share our knowledge, best practices, research, and lessons learned.
> Learn more about our approach to research and learning
For deeper expertise in various areas, we can connect grantees to a rich network of partners in areas including finance, fundraising, legal, marketing, real estate and technology