Ralph Wilson Foundation

Smart Citizen Science initiative / Cleveland Water Alliance

A new group along Lake Erie wants to combine big data and smart phones to get the wider community interested in protecting the lake and its tributaries.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation has learned it is the recipient of a $5.97 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Junior Foundation for a new "signature" pedestrian bridge across the Niagara Thruway between the new Centennial Park and area neighborhoods.

Girl Power Part 3: Mary Wilson, The Game Changer

Mar 16, 2020

Despite the advancements delivered by Title IX legislation over the last 50 years, girls still participate in sports less than boys, and the disparity widens with the pressures of adulthood. Why does it matter? Because kids who compete do better in school, at work and throughout life. So WBFO's Marian Hetherly took a look at leveling the playing field in a series she's calling "Girl Power."

State funds have been approved as part of a $300 million effort to expand tourism and economic efforts along the Erie Canal.

Niagara University

Western New York Girls in Sports Day is coming to Niagara County. The first will be held Saturday.


Kids in Western New York will soon have some really unusual outdoor play areas. They come from the latest installment of cash from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, through KaBOOM! - a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids have a childhood filled with balanced and active play.

Chris Caya / WBFO News File Photo

On Sept. 20, workers will start putting up a playground in Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Buffalo's East Side. On Tuesday, kids were asked for their ideas on what the park should look like.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Teens from across Western New York and Southeast Michigan are being asked to offer their opinions. The Ralph Wilson, Jr. Foundation is working to gather 20,000 teen responses. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with a couple of Niagara Falls City High School students who are participating in the "Teen Opinions Count".  

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Explore & More, the new children's museum coming to Canalside, hasn't yet reached its fundraising goal of $29 million. With a full opening just six months away, museum officials say they have plans to help close that gap.

McKinley High School

Buffalo Public Schools are moving forward on efforts to improve sports in the school system, especially trying to make sure student athletes have the grades and game performance to be open to college scholarships.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's ambitious fundraising campaign to support its expansion plan got a financial boost Wednesday morning, when they officially announced a gift from the foundation named for the late founder and original owner of the Buffalo Bills.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The treatment and research of sports-related injuries in the Buffalo community has received a boost. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has delivered a four million dollar gift to the University at Buffalo's Sports Medicine Department. 

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For many struggling school kids in Buffalo, it's likely their after-school help will come from programs like Say Yes to Education, Catholic Charities or the United Way.