"Say Yes Buffalo is grateful to the First Niagara Foundation for their leadership support that has helped more than 4,000 students go on to college or post-secondary with the help of the Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship over the past four years. These students are the future workforce of our region, and with a college education they will contribute to and benefit from Buffalo’s renaissance. It is estimated that 165,000 new jobs will be created in Western New York in the next ten years and we are confident that these Say Yes scholars will help will help fill these positions. Investing in Buffalo’s young people by ensuring post-secondary education is an opportunity for everyone has a direct impact on our economy, and it is donors like First Niagara Foundation that make this important initiative possible."
David Rust, Executive Director
Say Yes Buffalo
"Four years ago, the First Niagara Foundation made an investment in a new initiative - the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. Since then in a community with significant numbers of unemployed and underemployed adults, BCAT has 83% of our adult workforce training graduates employed. In a city with high school graduation rates hovering around 60%, 96% of BCAT's seniors graduate from high school. The impact of both these initiatives helps build a stronger more vibrant future for our community."
Amber Dixon, Chief Executive Officer
Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology
"Support from First Niagara Foundation has provided Buffalo Prep the ability to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of talented economically disadvantaged underrepresented middle school students across Western New York. First Niagara Foundation is a vital partner in Buffalo Prep’s mission to close the achievement gap and transform discouraging statistics into inspiring stories of success."
Patti Stephen, Assistant Director
"We are so grateful for the generous support of the First Niagara Foundation. Their commitment to funding evidence-based mentoring programs has helped to enhance the work and scope of organizations, like ours, in providing best practice, quality mentoring to the community's most at-risk children."
Thomas Guagliardo, Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
"The First Niagara Foundation has been a long-standing and dedicated partner of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. They have been steadfastly dedicated to ensuring that all students in Western New York, regardless of economic, academic or geographical background, have access to life-changing creative experiences. Their investment in WNY teenagers through the AK Teens program has shepherded countless students towards bright futures in college programs, as artists, and as burgeoning cultural leaders. Together, we believe in the transformative power of arts and culture and its ability to connect and uplight our entire community, beginning with our brightest young minds."
Jillian Jones, Director of Development
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
"On behalf of all of us here at Medaille College, I would like to thank the First Niagara Foundation for the generous grant in support of our Summer Scholars Program. As you know, this year's program will include new credit bearing courses, college readiness workshops, community-based learning and much more. It is a critical element of Medaille's robust student success initiatives, ensuring that students who need a little extra help make it to graduation and, more importantly, into successful, rewarding careers."
Dr. Kenneth M. Macur, President