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We are a regionally focused foundation. We see WNY’s seven Counties as equals, but recognize that every organization and every circumstance is unique.


The Western New York Foundation is a philanthropic organization created to support activities that improve the quality of life for people who live in the seven (7) counties of Western New York. Since 1951, the Western New York Foundation has supported exemplary nonprofit leaders and organizations meeting the community needs of the Western New York region.

Our goal is to help nonprofits based in Western New York operate more effectively and efficiently by making targeted investments in specific capacities that will meet the unique characteristics and needs of each individual nonprofit.


We deliver grantees the leverage to rise above.