TO OVERCOME CRISIS.
Western New Yorkers are known for our resiliency, generosity, and collaborative spirit. As the COVID-19 health crisis unfolds, these positive attributes will be called upon like never before.
To address the most critical needs in our community, local philanthropic organizations are collaborating to create and support the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund. And we need your help.
PURPOSE OF THE FUND.
The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is an opportunity to assist those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19. By pooling funds and encouraging additional support, we can help essential organizations with funding designed to complement public sector funds.
DONATE TO HELP THE HELPERS.
Donations will enable us to rapidly deploy resources in the immediate areas of health, human services, mental health, food, childcare, transportation, and support for frontline responders. The needs are immense and time is of the essence. We invite you to share this message with anyone who may be able to contribute.
The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded a total of $6.6 million in grants to 156 nonprofit organizations throughout Western New York.
Phase 1 of Funding – April 7, 2020
$4.5 million in funding to 74 organizations
Phase 2 of Funding – April 29, 2020
$1 million in funding to 35 organizations
Phase 3 of Funding – May 28, 2020
$992k in funding to 47 organizations
The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is supported by a coalition of the region’s philanthropic organizations, including:
HEALTH FOUNDATION FOR WESTERN &
CENTRAL NEW YORK
UNITED WAY OF BUFFALO
AND ERIE COUNTY
THE JOHN R. OISHEI FOUNDATION
Foundations and Corporations
AAA Western and Central NY
Avangrid Foundation / NYSEG
The Baird Foundation
The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Blue Fund
Better Buffalo Fund
Buffalo Bills Foundation
Buffalo Sabres Foundation
EJ and Karen Butler
William & Ida Christie Fund for Music
The Peter C. Cornell Trust
James H. Cummings Foundation
Paul P. Dosberg Charitable Fund
East Hill Foundation
The Paul and Helen Ellis Charitable Trust
The Fisher Family Fund
Gallogly Family Foundation
Garman Family Foundation
O. Richard Goldman Philanthropic Fund
Joanne Champion Granger Fund
Marie S. & Frederic K. Houston Fund
Hunt Charitable Foundation
Ruth E. Huppuch Living Trust
Nick Iannarelli Memorial Fund
D. Bruce and Gail Johnstone Fund
D. Bruce and Gail Johnstone Philanthropic Fund
Key Bank and First Niagara Foundation
Patrick P. Lee Foundation
Grigg Lewis Foundation
George and Teresa Lukis Family Fund
National Fire Adjustment Company
The Papa Family
New York State Health Foundation
Niagara Area Foundation
Sandy and Margery Nobel
Pinto Foundation Fund
Rotary Foundation of Amherst East
S & J Schwartz Fund
Simple Gifts Fund
Stockton Family Fund
Sullivan Family Foundation
Peter and Elizabeth C Tower Foundation
Warzala Family Charitable Fund
Watson Billings Family Foundation
The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
Western New York Foundation
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Local community leaders have joined forces to launch the Community Leaders Response Fund, pledging their personal financial support. This effort is being led by Michael W. Cropp, M.D., President & CEO of Independent Health.
Stuart and Joyce Angert
Bob and Mary Ann Budin
Patricia and David Clabeaux
John and Nicole Connelly
Michael W. Cropp, M.D.
Adrian F. & Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker
John Mineo and Vicki Feine
Bill and Mary Gisel
Bruce and Gail Johnstone
Judy Jack Lewis and Larry Lewis
Jeffrey C. and Cynthia M. Littmann
Lisa M. Mendonza, M.D.
Carl Montante, Sr.
Carl Montante, Jr.
Kathleen M. Mylotte, M.D.
John and Maria Pieroni
Roberta and Noah Rifkin
Dr. Zvi Sharf
Anthony Spada, Jr.
Ted and Ginna Walsh
Margaret and Bob Zak
Larry and Leslie Zielinski
COVID-19 has profoundly impacted our daily lives—but it cannot change who we are or what our community stands for. Thank you to the hundreds of individuals (and counting) who have generously donated to the fund.
HOW ORGANIZATIONS CAN STAY INFORMED.
We recognize that many nonprofit organizations are facing immediate and unprecedented challenges. Rest assured, we are working diligently to fully understand the evolving needs and determine how to best support those on the front lines of this crisis.
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