Welcome to the Cattaraugus Region Coummunity Foundation. We’re growing good in our community by connecting donors to the causes they care about most. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.


Explore our Funds

The Foundation manages more than 130 funds and scholarships for the benefit of our community.

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80 scholarships and over $112,000 were given in 2016.

Available Scholarships


Nonprofit Networking Day

The foundation is expanding nonprofit connections through its annual workshop for nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers.

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Success Stories

Ethan Kelley

Ethan Kelley

Ethan Kelley has been busy growing some good of his own since ...
Martha Ruether

Martha Ruether

Again and again, Martha Ruether, a Jonathan Teuscher scholarship recipient, amazes us with ...
Allex Granger 1

Allex Granger

Allex Granger, who was the recipient of the John J. Murphy Family ...
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CRCS Outdoors

The CRCS Outdoors program, an extension of the Cuba-Rushford Central School Fisheries and ...

How We're Growing Good Together

“Every year when a scholarship is presented at graduation, it will enable Michele’s memory to come alive because of you.”
– David and Irene Krahe to donors to the Michele Krahe Peace OHS Scholarship in memory of their daughter


“My first year was incredible, and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am in college without the financial help of Mr. John J. Murphy and, of course, all of you guys at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. Thank you for all of the hard work that you put in to help increase the chances of success for others. I truly appreciate all of the work that you guys do, and I understand that I would not be where I am today without special people like yourself who do the behind the scenes work to make sure that we are on track.”
— Alexa Donner, John J. Murphy Family Scholarship awardee

“The needy of Olean and area are the benefit of this wonderful foundation and it will go on to help so many for a long period of time. The foundation is a fantastic vehicle to help others.”
— Ben Schwabenbauer, former Olean Food Pantry president, Otto-Eldred Alumni Association scholarship chairman and Ben & Rose Schwabenbauer Educational Scholarship Fund donor

“Since our inception in 2002, the Olean City School District Foundation has been extremely pleased with the leadership, guidance and support of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. Their services have been invaluable to us, and have allowed us to solely focus on our growth as a foundation. The fact that we don’t have to worry about buying our own software or hiring an investment manager and auditor to oversee our assets completely puts our minds at ease.
I can say with no hesitation that our foundation would not have experienced the growth and success that we have without the help and support of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation. Our partnership over the last decade has been more than we ever could have imagined, and I’m excited to embark upon the next decade with them.”
—Adam Bennett, Olean City School District Foundation president