Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo is celebrating its centennial year by giving away $1 million.

Aimee Machado

Twice a month, a group of young black and brown men, all from different parts of Buffalo, come together to learn about themselves and each other.


Thomas O'Neil-White

A day full of deep dives into workplace diversity and inclusion took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Monday. The symposium was presented by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

It was 100 years ago when George Rand, then the President of Buffalo's Marine Midland Bank, got the ball rolling in creating a foundation to help fund efforts to improve the lives of those living in the region. The result today is the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Its current President and CEO is Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, who visited our WBFO studios to outline the Change Maker Awards.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A local organization is looking to recognize people living in Western New York who are making difference in their community. The selected change makers will be recognized with a sizable award.


Buffalo City Swim Racers

A local swim club working to increase swimming and water safety among Buffalo’s minority populations is continuing to grow, and is now doing it with the help of two foundations.


Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Erie County has one of the highest blood lead testing rates in New York state. And most children with Elevated Lead Levels live in the city of Buffalo. That's according to a new report released by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and several partners including the city and the county.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The partners who earlier this year released a report known as State of Play Western New York were in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, seeking input from community stakeholders as they plan how to advance a project designed to increase youth sports participation and, in turn, improve their health.


Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

How can Western New York fix the lack of physical activity among its kids? Two local foundations are looking for your help finding the answer.


Michael Mroziak/WBFO

A team effort to encourage more youth participation in sports is expanding and going nationwide. And one of the institutions that helped roll out a plan at the Western New York level earlier this year is joining more partners on the national project.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The State of Play report released in Western New York last week identified a lack of youth participation in sports, despite a wide majority of parental appreciation of the benefits of physical activity by their kids. That report, as we previous reported, encourages a renewed interest in free play. It also encourages letting kids try a wide variety of sports, avoiding early specialization. Experts and even one former pro athlete share the opinion that intensive concentration on one sport at a young age is a mistake.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A newly-released report about youth sports participation in Western New York shows a lack of physical activity by many young people. But it also offers ideas on how to get kids more interested and involved with sports. It begins with a question for the children: "What do YOU want?"


Say Yes Buffalo success highlighted at national event

Apr 20, 2017
WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo's success was presented to a national audience this week at the America's Promise Alliance summit.  America's Promise is working to increase graduation rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the leader of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo served on a panel discussion about how Buffalo is increasing its graduation rate.

Chris Caya WBFO News

There's a new place for the region's nearly 5,000 nonprofits to turn to for strong leadership.

Buffalo reading program receives national recognition

Jul 29, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An effort to teach young Buffalo children to read and attend school is slowing paying off. A leader from The Annie E. Casey Foundation has delivered a Pacesetter Community Award for Buffalo's Read to Succeed program.

Kleinhans Music Hall archive

Kleinhans Music Hall will soon be sharing its collection of historic photos and artifacts with the public. The newest addition, unveiled Wednesday, is an old photo album from the former Kleinhans store downtown.

WBFO News File Photo

While Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says his thoughts and prayers are with friends and colleagues in the city of Baltimore, he is also taking proactive steps avoid similar unrest in Buffalo.

Local leader will speak to White House panel today

Feb 12, 2015
photo courtesy of CFGB website

Public-private initiatives in the city of Buffalo, like Promise Neighborhoods and Say Yes to Education, are drawing national attention. Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will discuss those programs at a White House panel today.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo hosted the F.B. Heron Foundation late last week. The Heron Foundation, a major investor to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is now exploring other possible investments opportunities in our region. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Heron Foundation president Clara Miller about their strong interest in Buffalo.