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Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative

Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative strives to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within WNY.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) was created in 2008. The CGLI is governed by multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of community leaders who are trailblazers and recognize the importance of endowment building as a means of inspiring philanthropy for and within communities of color.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) was created in 2008. The CGLI is governed by multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of community leaders who are trailblazers and recognize the importance of endowment building as a means of inspiring philanthropy for and within communities of color.

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As we close out the month of February, it is important to remember that Black History is not a month, but a tribute to t...
02/28/2022

As we close out the month of February, it is important to remember that Black History is not a month, but a tribute to the African American men and women that made great strides and contributed to the history of the United States with their achievements.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color living within Western New York, today and every day. While Black History Month is a time to create opportunities for deeper and broader understanding, Black history should be celebrated all year long.

The mission of the CGLI is to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color in our communities a...
02/02/2022

The mission of the CGLI is to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color in our communities and this month, we celebrate those that came before us during Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual celebration initiated by historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson as an opportunity to honor the many accomplishments made by African American leaders in America. Celebrated nationally throughout the month of February, Black History Month continues to be a time to promote positive examples of African American culture, achievements, historical events, and to spotlight significant African American men and women who have helped shape the course of American History.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), hosted its virtual Pay It Forward Awards on November 4, 2021. This a...
11/18/2021
CFGB 2021 Pay It Forward Awards

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), hosted its virtual Pay It Forward Awards on November 4, 2021. This annual event recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York. In case you missed it, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/dxoHIro1rI4

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Dinorah Santos from The Belle Center......
11/03/2021
Virtual Pay It Forward Awards

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Dinorah Santos from The Belle Center...

Our annual Pay It Forward Awards recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York.

We are excited to honor Dinorah and three other award recipients at our 2021 virtual ceremony!

Register to attend this free virtual event using the link below...

Register to attend: Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021

Last call! Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize local leaders that embody t...
11/02/2021

Last call! Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register for this free virtual event here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Stan Martin from HOPE Buffalo...Our ann...
11/01/2021
Virtual Pay It Forward Awards

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Stan Martin from HOPE Buffalo...

Our annual Pay It Forward Awards recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York.

We are excited to honor Stan and three other award recipients at our 2021 virtual ceremony!

Register to attend this free virtual event using the link below...

Register to attend: Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize the Hispanic Women’s League and three ...
10/28/2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize the Hispanic Women’s League and three other local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register for this free virtual event here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor the Hispanic Women's League...Our annua...
10/27/2021
Virtual Pay It Forward Awards

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor the Hispanic Women's League...

Our annual Pay It Forward Awards recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York.

We are excited to honor the Hispanic Women's League and three other award recipients at our 2021 virtual ceremony!

Register to attend this free virtual event using the link below...

Register to attend: Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Dinorah Santos and three other local l...
10/27/2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Dinorah Santos and three other local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register for this free virtual event here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Stan Martin and three other local lead...
10/26/2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Stan Martin and three other local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register for this free virtual event here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Terence Jenkins from Waterfront Element...
10/25/2021
Virtual Pay It Forward Awards

Join us virtually at our Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, Nov. 4th as we honor Terence Jenkins from Waterfront Elementary School...

Our annual Pay It Forward Awards recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York.

We are excited to honor Terence and three other award recipients at our 2021 virtual ceremony!

Register to attend this free virtual event using the link below...

Register to attend: Thurs. Nov. 4, 2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Terence Jenkins and three other local ...
10/25/2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize Terence Jenkins and three other local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register for this free virtual event here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize local leaders that embody the CGLI’s m...
10/19/2021

Join us virtually at the 2021 Pay It Forward Awards on November 4 as we recognize local leaders that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Please join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration as the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recog...
10/08/2021

Please join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration as the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes trailblazers at the Pay It Forward Awards on Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5 - 6 p.m.
2021 Recipients:
• Terence Jenkins, Waterfront Elementary School
• Stan Martin, HOPE Buffalo
• Dinorah Santos, The Belle Center
• Hispanic Women's League
To confirm your attendance, please register here: https://forms.office.com/r/YneinmMXMP

Hispanic Heritage Month, or Mes de la Herencia Hispana, is an annual celebration set to commemorate Hispanic and Latino/...
09/17/2021

Hispanic Heritage Month, or Mes de la Herencia Hispana, is an annual celebration set to commemorate Hispanic and Latino/a/x independence, culture, history and achievements in America. Observed from September 15 to October 15, it aims to bring awareness and education of the impact and the ongoing contribution the Hispanic and Latino/a/x people have across the U.S.

The mission of the CGLI is to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color, including those of Hispanic descent, in our communities. This month and beyond we honor and celebrate the Hispanic and Latino/a/x communities in Western New York.

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Pay It Forward Awards will be held on November 4. This annual event recognizes community l...
09/08/2021

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Pay It Forward Awards will be held on November 4. This annual event recognizes community leaders for their personal and professional accomplishments that have increased philanthropy, services and education to communities of color in Western New York.

Do you know an individual or organization in Western New York that has consistently supported and helped youth of color ...
09/01/2021

Do you know an individual or organization in Western New York that has consistently supported and helped youth of color in our community? Consider nominating them for the CGLI’s Pay It Forward Awards!

Each year, the CGLI recognizes four outstanding individuals or organizations that embody its mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Awardees will be honored at the annual Pay It Forward Awards in November.

Learn more and nominate here:
https://forms.office.com/r/9UsSeD8Dk7

On this day in:1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which, became a “flashpoint in th...
08/28/2021

On this day in:
1955: 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which, became a “flashpoint in the civil rights movement.”
1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
2005: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The storm, which devastated New Orleans, inordinately impacted many of the city’s Black residents.
2008: Then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first Black man to ever win the nomination and bid for the presidency.

August is Black Philanthropy Month and today is Give 8/28, a giving day dedicated to grassroots, Black nonprofits.

The CGLI cultivates positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. Learn how the CGLI is inspiring philanthropy within and for communities of color in Western New York, today and every day: https://www.cfgb.org/community-change/initiatives/cgli/

Karla General was first introduced to the CGLI during a collaborative event with the Native Professionals Network. She h...
07/15/2021

Karla General was first introduced to the CGLI during a collaborative event with the Native Professionals Network. She had just moved to Buffalo and was interested in opportunities to connect with those working to improve the lives of communities of color. “As a queer, Mohawk woman who is relatively new to Buffalo, I was drawn to the mission of CGLI for its inclusivity and focus on building opportunities for positive change in the lives of all youth of color,” Karla said.

Now a CGLI Council member, Karla hopes to pay it forward to communities of color in Western New York, especially its Indigenous communities.

“I am looking forward to building partnerships and networks with like-minded people and organizations that value the diversity of Western New York, engaging with others to share Indigenous perspectives, and working together to contribute to building back Buffalo,” she said. “Organizations like the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and its Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative are critical for creating those lasting experiences and opportunities for youth of color that will strengthen all of our communities in sustainable ways that can benefit generations to come in Western New York.”

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726 Exchange St, Ste 525
Buffalo, NY
14210

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CGLI affiliated youth become productive adults intentionally using philanthropy to improve the lives of new generations of trailblazing youth.

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Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
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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
#100StoriesFor100Years ➤ 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.
Last call for applications! Process closes Fri. 8/30/19 at 4pm ⏰ The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative is proud to announce a grant opportunity under its Emerging Philanthropists of Color initiative! Two grants will be awarded to nonprofits who are serving people of color and are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna or Niagara Falls... Click the link to learn more!
I thank the students from the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative for visiting me at my office today. I spoke about my role as Mayor and about my Administration’s efforts to make #Buffalo a fair and equitable City of Opportunity for ALL. The mission of the CGLI is to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living in WNY!
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