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Cattaraugus Gives cultivates giving spirit in Cattaraugus County

In this special blog post, CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit, shares some thoughts on the Cattaraugus Gives program and the true mission behind it. Make sure to add Cattaraugus Gives to your calendar for November 27, 2018, and get ready to support the causes that mean the most to you in our Cattaraugus County […]

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Tips for a great scholarship application

As we kick off scholarship season at CRCF, our scholarship program manager, Ryan Michelle Wilcox, offers some tips for applying. With more than 10 years of experience, she is an expert. Heed her advice, and make sure you have the best application possible! The scholarship portal opens February 1 at Is it really scholarship […]

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Create ripples of good during Cattaraugus Gives

In this special blog CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit talks about Cattaraugus Gives on November 28. In just eight days the community can give back to nearly 40 nonprofits in Cattaraugus County at Mother Theresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to […]

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Celebrate our nonprofits during Cattaraugus Gives

Communications and Fund Development Coordinator Kirk Windus discusses the upcoming Cattaraugus Gives program, which will be held this year on November 28. Windus and the rest of the CRCF staff have worked to encourage and advise other nonprofits in Cattaraugus County in participating in the 24-hour fundraising challenge. On November 28 you will have the […]

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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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