Welcome to the Cattaraugus Region Community 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 175 funds and scholarships for the benefit of our community.

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83 students together received 100 awards for a total of over $150,000 in 2018, the foundation’s highest total yet.

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

Ryan Schlosser

Ryan Schlosser

Ryan Schlosser is an environmental studies and economics major with a minor ...

Megan Shumway

Megan Shumway recently took the meaning of “Growing Good” international. The Olean High ...

Francesca Bartimole

From Olean High School to IBM, Francesca Bartimole is another CRCF scholarship ...

Christian Daugherty

One of our favorite things at the Foundation is learning about the ...

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