Mahar Family Foundation supports 14 charitable organizations

Fourteen charitable organizations recently received grants from the Mahar Family Foundation Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Roberta Mahar and her late husband, Francis Mahar, established the fund in memory of Francis, Margaret and Daniel Mahar. Fund advisor Roberta Mahar recommends grants to philanthropic organizations and programs supporting those in need each year.

Grants this year total $1,425.

Grants of $100 were made to the following organizations:

  • Mercy Flight of Western New York
  • Mary of the Angels Basilica (for community Christmas dinner)
  • Olean First Baptist Church (for community Easter dinner)
  • Portville Food Pantry
  • Interfaith Caregivers
  • Interfaith Caregivers Gift Tree Program
  • Genesis House
  • SPCA in Cattaraugus County
  • SPCA in Allegany County
  • Vincent DePaul Society at St. John’s Church
  • Olean Food Pantry Building Campaign
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
  • The Bridge Outreach Program at St. Bonaventure Church (thrift store and food pantry)

Wings Flights of Hope, which provides emergency medical transport to patients across the Northeast, received $125.

“For donors like Roberta, a family foundation fund is a great vehicle for philanthropy as it provides both flexibility and a perpetual way to remember loved ones,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “Family and charity are both important to her, and the Mahar Family Foundation Fund allows her to preserve the memory of loved ones and lend support to charities that she loves and that need support each year.”

The Mahar Family Foundation has made possible nearly $12,000 in grants supporting local charitable organizations since Roberta and her late husband established the fund in 2004.

Donations to the Mahar Family Foundation can be made at 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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