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Reflections on another successful scholarship season

This month, Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit looks back on another successful season of supporting our local students through the Foundation’s scholarship program. This year 74 students together received 93 awards for a total of nearly $130,000 in financial support to pursue their education. Congratulations again to all of this year’s scholarship recipients. With this […]

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Keeping Oak Hill Park beautiful and memorable for future generations

In this month’s blog Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit writes about the recent work done at Oak Hill Park and the importance of beautifying and preserving our historic city parks.       I noticed recently while walking along 4th Street near Oak Hill Park that the day lilies have started […]

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Give back what you take for granted

This month, Kirk Windus, CRCF communications and fund development coordinator looks back on community projects helped by the Community Fund and the impact they have. Between college basketball games a while back, TNT aired a special story about Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan. Swanigan, now a national player of the year candidate, weighed 360 pounds as a […]

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Donor Stewardship and the Art of Thanking Donors

This month Ryan Michelle Wilcox, CRCF manager of donor services, offers advice to nonprofits looking to improve their donor stewardship programs. I have been thinking a lot lately about gratitude and the Golden Rule. It feels good to thank people, and it feels really good to be thanked. If I do something nice for someone, […]

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Scholarships, from a student’s perspective

As a high school junior and senior, the thought of college tuition was daunting. My vision of attending a private, four-year university seemed to dwindle as I further researched the cost of attendance.  Though my parents did not overtly express similar concern, I’m almost certain that they too wondered how we would afford the increasing […]

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A Year of Growing Good

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#GivingTuesday: Join the movement

Four years ago while attending a conference I heard about a concept being touted in the philanthropy field – it was called #GivingTuesday. While it began slowly, #GivingTuesday is becoming as ubiquitous as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The concept is simple – make giving to charity part of your holiday shopping list – whether by donating a monetary gift […]

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