Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

In 2012, HUD awarded the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo the Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations for its Buffalo’s Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. Through its $760,000 grant, which leveraged an additional $6.4 million, the foundation helped more than 200 families weatherize homes, 270 low-income persons receive training in retrofitting, and 200 people find living wage jobs. In 2014, the foundation hosted a convening of local businesses, community leaders, outside investors, and the F.B. Heron Foundation, to identify opportunities for impact investing. The foundation is on the advisory council of Open Buffalo, a collaborative effort aimed at worker equity and high-road economic development, and one of three projects in the nation chosen for the Open Places Initiative of the Open Society Foundation.

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