HHC like to take this opportunity to Congratulate the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2021 Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative Pay It Forward Award Recipients for this well deserved recognition for their outstanding service and contributions to WNY Community Muchas Felicidades Dinorah Dee Santos, Stan Martin, Terrence Jenkins, Hispanic Women's League.
We offer our sincere condolences to the family of U.S. Magistrate Hugh B. Scott, a remarkable man who defined what it meant to give back to Western New York. He was a trailblazer in the legal community, and was the first African American to be appointed to the Federal bench in the Western District of New York in 1994.
The Honorable Hugh Scott also made an impact in Western New York through his commitment to the Community Foundation, where he served as a Board member from 2004 to 2014. He was a founding member of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative, led the effort to develop free legal clinics for students and families in the Buffalo Public Schools through Say Yes Buffalo, and was a guiding force as a founding member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.
The Honorable Hugh Scott will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. His contributions will certainly be felt for generations to come and his kindness will live on in our hearts. ❤️
The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative has a mission to cultivate positive change for trailblazing youth of color in WNY.
We are happy to be able to help support local students with the technology they need to be successful for remote learning...
The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative is hosting its annual Pay It Forward Awards virtually this year!
We hope that you will join us on Thursday, November 5 at 5 p.m.
▻ Click the link for details & to register
➤ Story 58 of 100: Danis Gehl
Whether it is because of her tireless work in adult education, housing and neighborhood development, or serving on numerous boards, Dr. Danis Gehl is a recognized leader in the WNY nonprofit sector.
She is the retired Associate Executive Director of the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center and a Council Member of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo that recognizes the importance of endowment-building as a sustainable means of inspiring philanthropy for and within communities of color to impact future generations. Dr. Gehl is also a member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, convened by the Community Foundation, which includes over 200 partners working together to advance racial equity and accelerate shared regional prosperity. She is someone who is passionate about working to help people see the power of collective action.
Growing up the oldest of six children in the Civil Rights era, Dr. Gehl's parents stressed the importance of education. She credits her mother and Sister Philip Marie Cirincione SSJ with encouraging her to be part of the United Citizens Organization, which changed her life. Her role in that gave her the desire to help harness the power of knowledge to make a change. “Those wise women reminded me that everyone has something to give and we are each obligated to give it,” Dr. Gehl said.
When it came time to planning her giving, Dr. Gehl established the Rosa L. and LaMarr Norman, Sr. Education Fund at the Community Foundation. This endowed fund will continue to support the causes that are most important to Dr. Gehl and her family today, tomorrow and forever.