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 tra The goals of CGLI are to:
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Provide an endowed vehicle for collaborative grantmaking
2. Inspire philanthropy within and for communities of color in Western New York.
3. Cultivate the next generation of philanthropists of color.
4. Create positive change in the lives of youth of color

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant ...
01/03/2024

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant process. These grants, with funding made possible through the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were awarded to nonprofits serving youth ages 10 to 17 in the 14208 and/or 14209 zip codes that support the Buffalo community most directly impact by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting on May 14, 2022, with preference given to Black-led organizations.

One of the nonprofits awarded was Home Beneath Our Feet’s 2023 Summer Growth Program. Home Beneath Our Feet was founded on the principals that every child needs basic life skills and deserves an excellent education. The organization provides platforms for underserved youth to become the best version of themselves, uses STEM, agriculture and holistic education initiatives to address financial literacy, academic achievement, behavioral health, violence prevention, food insecurity and community engagement among at risk youth of Buffalo’s East Side.

“The impact of your contribution extends far beyond the summer months. It has empowered our youth to develop skills and knowledge that will serve them well into the future, contributing to the overall well-being of our community,” said Dwight Lowe, Founder and Executive Director of Home Beneath Our Feet.

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant ...
12/21/2023

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant process. These grants, with funding made possible through the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were awarded to nonprofits serving youth ages 10 to 17 in the 14208 and/or 14209 zip codes that support the Buffalo community most directly impact by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting on May 14, 2022, with preference given to Black-led organizations.

One of the nonprofits awarded was the Buffalo Inner City Ballet. Its Brown Girls of Ballet Project will focus on classes that build the self-confidence of young girls of color through the rigorous movement of classical ballet. Classes will be conducted five days a week and students will work on personal health, as well as reducing stress that young people face during this media age due to a lack of confidence of themselves.

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant ...
12/04/2023

During the Pay It Forward Awards in November, the CGLI recognized the recipients of its 2023 one-time competitive grant process. These grants, with funding made possible through the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, were awarded to nonprofits serving youth ages 10 to 17 in the 14208 and/or 14209 zip codes that support the Buffalo community most directly impact by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting on May 14, 2022, with preference given to Black-led organizations.

One of the nonprofit organizations awarded was Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc. Its Buffalo H.E.A.T. (Health Empowerment Attitude Teamwork) Youth Program addresses the need for compassionate, culturally competent, personally empowering youth development for teenagers of color on the East Side of Buffalo. This program also dives into several aspects of the Social Determinants of Health, including safety through alternative strategies to resolving conflict, healthy food options for good nutrition and practicing how to overcome obstacles at school to ensure successful completion of school and the pursuit of employment and post-secondary education.

On November 2, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) hosted its annual Pay It Forward Awards, where we hono...
11/30/2023

On November 2, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) hosted its annual Pay It Forward Awards, where we honored outstanding individuals and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our community.

During the awards, the CGLI also recognized the recipients of two awards that honor the legacy of the late Judge Hugh B. Scott, one of its founding members. The Judge Hugh B. Scott Community Service Award recognizes a person age 21- 40 from a Western New York community of color who exemplifies a commitment to creating positive change in the lives of youth of color through community service, civic engagement or volunteerism. The 2023 recipient is Isaac De Los Santos, Vice President, Business Banking Senior Relationship Manager at M&T Bank. As part of this award, Isaac was able to award a $2,500 grant to the nonprofit organization of his choice and presented that check to Peace of the City.

The Judge Hugh B. Scott Inspiring Youth Community Service Award recognizes a trailblazing youth of color age 13- 20 from Western New York who exemplifies a commitment to creating positive change through community service, civic engagement or volunteerism, above and beyond activities required or sponsored by school or youth programs. The 2023 recipient is Sinclair Maclin, a student at City Honors School.

November is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories and contributions Indigenous peoples ...
11/21/2023

November is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories and contributions Indigenous peoples have made on our nation’s past, present and future. National Native American Heritage Month provides an opportunity to reflect on the profound impact Native American culture plays in shaping the diverse tapestry of our country.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York and beyond, including those of Native American descent.

Earlier this month, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative hosted its annual Pay It Forward Awards, where we honore...
11/15/2023

Earlier this month, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative hosted its annual Pay It Forward Awards, where we honored outstanding individuals and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our community.

It was an inspiring celebration as we continue to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color in Western New York. Learn more about the awards ceremony and the recipients here: https://www.cfgb.org/news/communities-of-giving-legacy-initiative-honors-2023-community-champions-at-annual-pay-it-forward-awards/

We had an amazing time at the 2023 Pay It Forward Awards last night, where we celebrated and recognized outstanding indi...
11/03/2023

We had an amazing time at the 2023 Pay It Forward Awards last night, where we celebrated and recognized outstanding individuals and nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in the lives of trailblazing youth of color.

Take a look at this short recap of the event from WGRZ and stay tuned for more photos soon!

Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative celebrates those who help create a legacy and encouraging the next generation to get involved where they live.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative celebrates and recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a differenc...
11/01/2023

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative celebrates and recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the lives of trailblazing youth of color at the Pay It Forward Awards: Passing the Torch to Future Generations on November 2, 2023.

This year, we're honoring our two Pay It Forward Award winners: Alexsandra López and Maritza Vega.

October is Italian-American Heritage Month, an annual celebration that honors and recognizes the centuries of achievemen...
10/26/2023

October is Italian-American Heritage Month, an annual celebration that honors and recognizes the centuries of achievements, successes and value contributions of Italian Americans throughout the country. Over 5 million Italians have immigrated to the United States throughout the 1800s, 1900s and 2000s, with today’s total number of Americans of Italian descent reaching over 26 million, making them the fifth largest ethnic group in our nation.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York and beyond, including those of Italian American descent.

Today, our office is closed in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. On this day and every day, we reflect on lessons from t...
10/09/2023

Today, our office is closed in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day. On this day and every day, we reflect on lessons from the past and work toward a new shared future - one with prosperity, equity and opportunity for all.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative is proud to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that are cul...
10/04/2023

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative is proud to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that are cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color. Please join us for an evening of celebration and inspiration at the 2023 Pay It Forward Awards: Passing the Torch to the Next Generation on November 2, 2023.

Space is limited! Register here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Goukh91zbkq39ttK-oAnl2laiD_P30VKoLERcXw1DJZUMVZDRDdJSjMxTE1LTUM3Mkw4NzRHUUVROS4u

Do you know a high school junior or senior of color looking to make a difference in our community? Encourage them to app...
09/27/2023

Do you know a high school junior or senior of color looking to make a difference in our community? Encourage them to apply for the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative’s Young Philanthropists program, which explores how they can use their passions to give back. Through an engaging curriculum, students will learn about philanthropy and collaborate with their peers to decide how to award two grants to organizations that support youth of color in Western New York.

Learn more about the program, its schedule and how to apply here: https://www.cfgb.org/the-young-philanthropists/

Every year from September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month, a time in the United States to ...
09/18/2023

Every year from September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month, a time in the United States to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This year’s theme is ‘Prosperity, Power, and Progress,’ recognizing the significant strides of economic, political and social growth within the Hispanic community.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating 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.

Last call for nominations for the Pay It Forward Awards! Nominations due by September 15, 2023.Communities of Giving Leg...
09/06/2023

Last call for nominations for the Pay It Forward Awards! Nominations due by September 15, 2023.

Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is pleased to announce that the nomination process for its Pay It Forward Awards is now open.

These annual awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals or organizations that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York.

Nominations are due by September 15, 2023.

Click the link for more info: https://www.cfgb.org/news/nominations-open-for-community-of-giving-legacy-initiatives-2023-pay-it-forward-awards-deadline-is-september-15/?fbclid=IwAR0M0gvksf7zpcEqEyVZ0clRQCZl-QQ0Rb_YPFxjczwsCGh-OXZx2O8RHDs

On August 16, CGLI network partners met at the Community Foundation office for a luncheon. It was an opportunity to shar...
09/05/2023

On August 16, CGLI network partners met at the Community Foundation office for a luncheon. It was an opportunity to share ideas about how to engage with trailblazing youth of color in Western New York and continue moving the CGLI's mission forward.

Learn more about the CGLI here: https://www.cfgb.org/community-change/initiatives/cgli/

August is Black Philanthropy Month, a 31-day observation celebrating the many contributions that Black philanthropists h...
08/28/2023

August is Black Philanthropy Month, a 31-day observation celebrating the many contributions that Black philanthropists have made to the Western New York community. This month and year-round, we continue to acknowledge the positive change African-decent giving has played, as well as recognize and honor their generosity and impact. August 28th is also Give 8/28, a giving day dedicated to grassroots, Black nonprofits.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within the eight counties of 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/

Check out the latest Letter from the CGLI Chair, Oswaldo Mestre, Jr.: https://mailchi.mp/6b1b0d785dd6/cgliletterfromchai...
08/23/2023

Check out the latest Letter from the CGLI Chair, Oswaldo Mestre, Jr.: https://mailchi.mp/6b1b0d785dd6/cgliletterfromchairfebruary2023-13885137

The letter highlights recent updates about the CGLI, including the 2023 Young Philanthropists program, one-time competitive grant recipients, and recipients of the Judge Hugh B. Scott Community Service Award and the Inspiring Youth Community Service Award. You’ll also find a link to nominate a candidate for the 2023 Pay It Forward Awards.

Sign up to the CGLI mailing list here: https://cfgb.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=24eb1046eddaf7b5f1dd53107&id=18dc410cf7

𝐀𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐬...Committed to cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color in W...
08/22/2023

𝐀𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐬...

Committed to cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color in Western New York, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI) continues to make an unforgettable difference.

In 2022, it provided unique educational opportunities to dozens of young professionals and students like Bith Deng, a senior at City Honors. Bith participated in the CGLI’s Close Up Washington, D.C., experience, which provides students with opportunities to learn about government and democracy while engaging with fellow high school peers from around the world.

The takeaways of the experience were many, and one that stood out to Bith was being able to take one side of a debate and effectively convey points and arguments, strengthening his voice and equipping him with experience that will serve him well for years to come. “With this program, I was able to develop my skills and acquire knowledge on the elements of debate and how to approach an argument,” Bith said.

James Heard, a senior at South Park High School, also participated in the Close Up experience. “I learned that to make change in this nation, we have to start from our local city or town and talk with our Mayor to start a change. That way, our voices can be heard and spread throughout every state so we can achieve our mission of justice, peace and equality,” he noted. James was also part of the CGLI’s Young Philanthropists program, a teen leadership opportunity in which students learn about philanthropy.

Learn more at thecgli.org.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) is pleased to announce that the nomination process for its Pay It For...
08/14/2023

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) is pleased to announce that the nomination process for its Pay It Forward Awards is now open.

These annual awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals or organizations that embody the CGLI’s mission of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York.

Nominations are due by September 15, 2023.

Click the link for more info: https://www.cfgb.org/news/nominations-open-for-community-of-giving-legacy-initiatives-2023-pay-it-forward-awards-deadline-is-september-15/?fbclid=IwAR16iDopuohgpdfXbs2BVYWq2QDFFtvNqZI7i7y8xTO342EswKgbw5z0jII

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo that f...
08/07/2023

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo that focuses on cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color, is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Judge Hugh B. Scott Community Service Award and the Inspiring Youth Community Service Award, both of which honor the legacy of Judge Hugh B. Scott.

The Judge Hugh B. Scott Community Service Award 2023 recipient is Isaac De Los Santos, Vice President, Business Banking Senior Relationship Manager at M&T Bank.

The Judge Hugh B. Scott Inspiring Youth Community Service Award 2023 recipient is Sinclair Maclin, a student at City Honors School.

Click the link to learn more about these awards and this year's recipients: https://www.cfgb.org/news/communities-of-giving-legacy-initiative-announces-recipients-of-the-2023-community-service-awards-honoring-judge-hugh-b-scott/?fbclid=IwAR3attpNR1Wg5DmwpeZTmEMtV3A5DtdrPNzFQ7i1ypTyfElb6dk9eCwunzI

𝐀𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐬...Committed to cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color in W...
08/01/2023

𝐀𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐳𝐞𝐫𝐬...

Committed to cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color in Western New York, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI) continues to make an unforgettable difference.

One highlight of the CGLI is its annual Pay It Forward Awards, which took place for the 11th time in November. The Pay It Forward Awards recognize personal and professional accomplishments and how they increase philanthropy in communities of color. In 2022, two new community service awards were introduced, honoring the legacy of the late Judge Hugh B. Scott, a founding member of the CGLI. Winners include Tiffany Lewis, Afsah Kamran, and Daphne Ross.

To learn more about our initiative, visit thecgli.org. To read the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2022 Annual Report, visit https://issuu.com/cfgbadmin/docs/community_foundation_2022_annual_report_web_final?fr=sYzg4YzE0NjU3NTE&fbclid=IwAR0XH1b9gnK43NRu-P3_CDiUqJI9xCqwNJhy4DES_572qUIX6AAX68JgLGo

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) announced awards totaling $30,000 to four Western New York nonprofit ...
07/21/2023

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) announced awards totaling $30,000 to four Western New York nonprofit organizations through a one-time competitive grant process.

Funding for the grants was made possible through the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

These grants have been awarded to area nonprofits that support the Buffalo community most directly impacted by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting that occurred on May 14, 2022, and serve youth ages 10 to 17 in the 14208 and/or 14209 zip codes within the City of Buffalo.

Preference was given to Black-led 501(c)(3) organizations.

Click the link to see the full list of recipients: https://www.cfgb.org/news/communities-of-giving-legacy-initiative-announces-grantees-for-one-time-grant-process/

July is French American Heritage Month, a time designated to celebrate and honor the past and ongoing influences and con...
07/10/2023

July is French American Heritage Month, a time designated to celebrate and honor the past and ongoing influences and contributions the French have made to the United States of America. The relationship between the U.S. and France goes all the way back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and French Americans have continued to shape and design the growth of the United States even today.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within the eight counties of Western New York, including those of French American descent. We continue to honor and celebrate the history and contributions French Americans this month and year-round.

06/30/2023

The CGLI and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable firmly believe our region will see even greater growth when everyone can learn, work and further contribute to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community. The Supreme Court ruling that strikes down affirmative action threatens equitable access to higher education for people of color.

This is a concern for our City and Region. The Racial Equity Dividend Report, published by the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable in 2016, reported that, “while nearly all of the region’s white students (98%) attend schools in good-standing, fewer than three-quarters of students of color (72%) are afforded the same opportunity.” The report further documents that this gap is persistent, widening, and “most pronounced for African American students.” Simply put, all children deserve a high quality education, but systemic disparities mean that children of color are less likely to attend schools considered in good standing by New York State. Without affirmative action, large numbers of students of color will face even greater challenges accessing higher education.

We must continue to work together to build bridges and change systems by changing policies, practices and procedures to achieve racial equity in our community and beyond.

Last week, four high school juniors completed the CGLI's Young Philanthropists, a program designed to spark curiosity ab...
06/27/2023

Last week, four high school juniors completed the CGLI's Young Philanthropists, a program designed to spark curiosity about grantmaking, community impact and philanthropy. Students were honored at a Capstone Ceremony, during which they also awarded two $1,500 grants: one to Confident Girl Mentoring Program, Inc. and one to Home Beneath Our Feet, Inc.

Read more about the grant recipients and their projects here: https://www.cfgb.org/news/buffalo-high-school-students-complete-communities-of-giving-legacy-initiatives-2023-young-philanthropists-program-as-part-of-the-curriculum-students-award-two-1500-grants/

Congratulations to four high school juniors who completed the CGLI's 2023 Young Philanthropists! The program is designed...
06/22/2023

Congratulations to four high school juniors who completed the CGLI's 2023 Young Philanthropists! The program is designed to spark curiosity about grantmaking, community impact and philanthropy. Students, who were honored at a Capstone Ceremony earlier this week, include: Abthaha Chowdhury, Lafayette High School; Aliyah Hugley, Tapestry Charter School; Bishara Lott Jr., East Pathways High School; and Terrence McCarthy, McKinley Vocational High School.

Today, we’re commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery while retelling the story of Black peopl...
06/19/2023

Today, we’re commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the end of slavery while retelling the story of Black people’s ongoing struggle.

While more than three million slaves living in Confederate states were declared free in 1863, it took more than two years for the news to reach Texas, and it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that state residents learned of the news. The following year after the news spread throughout the country, the first official Juneteenth celebrations took place, making it an annual tradition we continue to celebrate in the 21st century.

Each and every day, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative continues to celebrate Juneteenth and support trailblazing youth of color within Western New York.

This Caribbean American Heritage Month, we continue to acknowledge and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have shaped...
06/15/2023

This Caribbean American Heritage Month, we continue to acknowledge and celebrate the Caribbean Americans who have shaped and are continuing to shape our future one day at a time. In 2005, the House of Representatives passed a bill recognizing the significance of Caribbean Americans, which was officially signed by President George W. Bush in June 2006. This month-long observance is designed to support and promote the rich culture and heritage of Caribbean American people.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within the eight counties of Western New York, including those of Caribbean American descent. We recognize and honor the contributions they have made and continue to make to our community.

This June, we’re celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month and recognizing the various ways Caribbean Americans have...
06/05/2023

This June, we’re celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month and recognizing the various ways Caribbean Americans have contributed to our country, from their rich history and vibrant culture to fine arts and historic achievements.

Now, and every month thereafter, The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) continues to recognize the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth in the Western New York community, including those of Caribbean American descent.

Check out the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2022 Annual Report. The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative...
06/01/2023

Check out the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2022 Annual Report. The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative is featured on page 38.

Read Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2022 Annual Report by Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo on Issuu and browse thousands of other...

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May each year because of two key dates:·        May ...
05/23/2023

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May each year because of two key dates:

· May 7, 1843: Marks the first arrival of Japanese immigrants to the United States
· May 10, 1869: Recognizes the significant contributions from Chinese workers that aided in the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, fundamentally developing the American West

This month and every month year-round, the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) continues to support and promote positive change in the lives of youth of color living within the Western New York community, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

May 14, 2022, forever changed our community. We will never forget the 10 lives lost, those that were injured, the Jeffer...
05/14/2023

May 14, 2022, forever changed our community. We will never forget the 10 lives lost, those that were injured, the Jefferson Avenue Tops Friendly Market employees, and the African American community directly affected by that day.

CGLI is committed to achieving racial equity in every corner of Western New York and beyond. Our dedication to promoting positive change in the lives of our young people remains strong and unwavering.

In spite of the tragic shooting, CGLI continues to uplift youth in the East Buffalo community directly impacted by providing a variety of opportunities, including a one-time grant process for organizations supporting youth of color in the 14208 and 14209 zip codes.

Today, we're wishing two members of our CGLI family a very happy birthday  - Aaron Hord, Director, Client Relations at t...
05/04/2023

Today, we're wishing two members of our CGLI family a very happy birthday - Aaron Hord, Director, Client Relations at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Oswaldo Mestre Jr., Chair.

Thanks for everything you both do!

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time designated to recognizing the contributions and inf...
05/02/2023

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time designated to recognizing the contributions and influence Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to the United States. Established in 1992, this annual celebration honors the history, arts, culture and other achievements of Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans and Native Hawaiians.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color, including those of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. We recognize and honor the contributions the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has made to the Western New York community this month and beyond.

As we continue to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, it’s important to recognize, celebrate, learn and become cultu...
04/27/2023

As we continue to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, it’s important to recognize, celebrate, learn and become culturally aware of the contributions Arab Americans have made to Western New York. Here are some ways to recognize Arab American Heritage Month:

· Read Books by Arab Americans – Reading books by Arab Americans allows you to engage with their work and learn more about their diversity, perspectives and lived experiences.
· Support Arab American Businesses – Western New York has many Arab American-owned small businesses that you can support.
· Explore Arab American Culture – There are many opportunities to explore and engage in Arab American history, art and culture.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) continues to promote positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color, including those of Arab American descent. We honor and celebrate the history and contributions of Arab Americans in Western New York this month and year-round.

Last call, this one-time grant opportunity is closing soon!The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initia...
04/25/2023

Last call, this one-time grant opportunity is closing soon!

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo that focuses on cultivating positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color, announced a one-time grant opportunity in 2023 to support the Buffalo community most directly impacted by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting that occurred on May 14, 2022.

This grant process is made possible thanks to the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Serve zip codes 14208 or 14209 within the City of Buffalo
- Serve youth ages 10 to 17
- Be an organization with a current 501(c)(3) status; preference will be given to Black-led 501(c)(3) organizations.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on May 1, 2023. Learn more: https://www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/community-of-giving-legacy-initiative/?fbclid=IwAR0F8sh5DEL1Zz_Y63F4aY7BknK8ze6USH2HZOOpujd93rqnESNrENhV1TQ

CGLI Council member Dr. Tamara O. Alsace is highlighted in this WKBW AM Buffalo feature in honor of Women’s History Mont...
04/18/2023

CGLI Council member Dr. Tamara O. Alsace is highlighted in this WKBW AM Buffalo feature in honor of Women’s History Month in March. In this video, Dr. Alsace shares some insight into her former position as director of the Multilingual department of Buffalo Public schools and gives some advice to the young women blazing trails for the next generation.

We’re in the final week of Women’s History Month and we had another amazing woman on the show today.

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden Jr. issued a proclamation declaring April 2023 as Arab American Heritage Month, r...
04/12/2023

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden Jr. issued a proclamation declaring April 2023 as Arab American Heritage Month, reflecting on the achievements and diversity of Arab Americans in arts, sciences, businesses and beyond. So, this month and every month thereafter, we’re celebrating National Arab American Heritage, recognizing the boundless contributions of Arab Americans to the Western New York community.

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) recognizes the importance of cultivating positive change in the lives of youth of color living in Western New York. We continuously celebrate and honor the history and contributions of Arab Americans in our community.

Last call for nominations! Do you know someone who represents the next generation of servant leaders in our Western New ...
04/06/2023

Last call for nominations! Do you know someone who represents the next generation of servant leaders in our Western New York communities of color? Consider nominating them for one of two Judge Hugh B. Scott Awards by TOMORROW, April 7! Click here to learn more and nominate: https://www.cfgb.org/community-change/initiatives/cgli/

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