Annie E. Casey Foundation Commits up to $6 million to Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood (BPN) is receiving up to $6 million in funding over the next several years from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national philanthropy that works to create better futures for children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. 
The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is one of three communities in the United States to receive funding from the foundation as part of a strategy that complements the cradle-to-college-and-career continuum of services that BPN is building to transform the 14215 neighborhood and surrounding community within the city.
“The Casey Foundation strongly believes that children do well when their families do well, and that families thrive when they live in supportive communities,” said Ryan Chao, the Foundation’s vice president for civic sites and community change. “We look forward to working with Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a likeminded partner, to create a more family-focused approach to community development, helping to transform this neighborhood into a place where kids and their parents thrive.”


“With this new support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we have more than doubled the funding that we obtained through the original Promise Neighborhood grant. These additional resources will strengthen and intensify our efforts to transform an economically distressed community, and restore hope and promise to the children and families in this neighborhood,” said Mark J. Czarnecki, President of M&T Bank and Chairman of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Board of Directors. 
The FCCC is premised on a two generation family approach that provides programming for children and their families that focus on healthy development, growth and education, and services for adults that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security. 
“The two generation approach is a central theme for serving children and families in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, and we will closely integrate our efforts with the Casey Foundation’s strategy,” said David K. Chamberlain, Vice Chairman, Westminster Foundation and CEO, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. “BPN will continue developing the partnerships, organization and staffing, program management and data systems, financial resources and community outreach capacity to link and integrate seamlessly a continuum of programs and supports that fulfill Casey’s criteria.
BPN is working with various partners in the community to implement this initiative. These partners include Erie Community College, Buffalo Urban League, Belmont Shelter Corporation, and Community Health Center of Buffalo, among others.
Founded in 2010, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve performance at three schools on the northeast side of Buffalo – Bennett High School, Highgate Heights, and Westminster Community – and transform the surrounding community by providing a continuum of solutions to children and families, including neighborhood resources, streamlining family services and improving educational supports. 
BPN is a unique public/private partnership that collaborates with a broad range of partners and service providers, including businesses, block clubs, non-profits, public entities and other organizations. BPN is supported through financial and human resources generously provided by M&T Bank as well as support through the Westminster Foundation. BPN also receives funding from U.S. Department of Education and the John R. Oishei Foundation.

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What? It offends you that $6 million for the University District gets no posts, while a liquor store in the Elmwood Village allowing dogs inside gets 24?

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They care... well, at least when a derelict building is about to come down or there is some other affront to their sense of "New Urbanism"...


I grew up in this neighborhood from the age of 9 until I finished high school and went to college. I had great friends in the neighborhood, went to City Honors for grades 5-12, and attended local community-sponsored programs in the summer. My very first job was as a Buffalo newspaper delivery girl at age 11 and I participated in the Buffalo Summer Youth program for two summers at age 14 and 15 working at the local Bob Lanier Summer Day-Camp as a counselor. I learned about friendship, responsibility, and work ethics while growing up in this neighborhood....I even had my first love here. I attended UB for undergrad where I graduated with two degrees and I then attended NYU for my Master's where I graduated at the top of my class in my program. My point is that these neighborhoods matter as do the children living in them. These forgotten about areas of Buffalo have the potential to produce our future leaders. I am excited about this program and hope it is successful. Lastly, I have a message for the BR readers who only comment or care about the Elmwood Village, Allentown, Downtown etc I highly suggest you start taking a sincere interest in the other areas of Buffalo like the East Side instead of pretending it doesn't exist.

I grew up in this neighborhood from the age of 9 until I moved to live on campus at UB for college. I had a ton of friends, went to City Honors for grades 5-12, and attended local day-camp activities in the summer. My younger sister now owns the house we grew up in. I'm very happy to see funding committed to the neighborhood for the future. This is a great program and I hope it is successful. And for all the BR readers who are always commenting on articles about the Elmwood Village, Allentown, Downtown etc I suggest you start taking some interest and pride in the rest of Buffalo since the city is made up of these neighborhoods as well.

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