COMING TOGETHER
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.

GRANT DISTRIBUTIONS

The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded a total of $5.5 million in grants to 109 nonprofit organizations throughout Western New York.

Phase 1 of Funding – April 7, 2020

$4.5 million in funding to 74 organizations

FULL LIST – PHASE 1

Phase 2 of Funding – April 29, 2020

$1 million in funding to 35 organizations

FULL LIST – PHASE 2

WNY SUPPORTERS.

The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is supported by a coalition of the region’s philanthropic organizations, including:

FOUNDERS

HEALTH FOUNDATION FOR WESTERN &
CENTRAL NEW YORK

UNITED WAY OF BUFFALO
AND ERIE COUNTY

COMMUNITY
FOUNDATION FOR
GREATER BUFFALO

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

Citizens Bank

The Peter C. Cornell Trust

Cullen Foundation

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

General Motors

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

Independent Health

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

M&T Bank

National Fire Adjustment Company

The Papa Family

National Grid

New York State Health Foundation

Niagara Area Foundation

Sandy and Margery Nobel

Pinto Foundation Fund

Andrew Rampado

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

Wegmans

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

Western New York Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Community Leaders

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

David Bauer

John Berger

Don Boswell

Bob and Mary Ann Budin

Patricia and David Clabeaux

Warren Colville

John and Nicole Connelly

Michael W. Cropp, M.D.

Adrian F. & Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

John Mineo and Vicki Feine

Jay Gershberg

Bill and Mary Gisel

Bruce and Gail Johnstone

Bill Lawley

Mike Lawley

Judy Jack Lewis and Larry Lewis

Jeffrey C. and Cynthia M. Littmann

Lisa M. Mendonza, M.D.

Carl Montante, Sr.

Carl Montante, Jr.

Michael Montante

Laura Montante-Zaepfel

Kathleen M. Mylotte, M.D.

William Paladino

Ann Pentkowski

John and Maria Pieroni

TJ Revelas

Roberta and Noah Rifkin

Chris Ross

Dr. Zvi Sharf

Patricia Smith

Anthony Spada, Jr.

Paul Tesluk

Michael Vitch

Ted and Ginna Walsh

Daniel Weintraub

Mary Wilson

Bruce Wisbaum

Margaret and Bob Zak

Larry and Leslie Zielinski

INDIVIDUAL DONORS

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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