Buffalo Promise Neighborhood To Receive Up To $6 Million From Annie E. Casey Foundation

 Buffalo Promise Neighborhood To Receive Up To $6 Million From Annie E. Casey
                                  Foundation

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is one of three award recipients in United States

PR Newswire

BUFFALO, N.Y., November 16, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y., November 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
(BPN) today announced that it will receive up to $6 million in funding over
the next several years from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private national
philanthropy that works to create better futures for children by strengthening
families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into
safer and healthier places to live, work and grow.

The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is one of three communities in the United
States to receive funding from the foundation as part of a strategy that
complements the cradle-to-college-and-career continuum of services that BPN is
building to transform the 14215 neighborhood and surrounding community within
the City of Buffalo.

"The Casey Foundation strongly believes that children do well when their
families do well, and that families thrive when they live in supportive
communities," said Ryan Chao, the Foundation's vice president for civic sites
and community change. "We look forward to working with Buffalo Promise
Neighborhood, a likeminded partner, to create a more family-focused approach
to community development, helping to transform this neighborhood into a place
where kids and their parents thrive."

"With this new support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we have more than
doubled the funding that we obtained through the original Promise Neighborhood
grant. These additional resources will strengthen and intensify our efforts
to transform an economically distressed community, and restore hope and
promise to the children and families in this neighborhood," said Mark J.
Czarnecki, President of M&T Bank and Chairman of the Buffalo Promise
Neighborhood Board of Directors. 

The FCCC is premised on a two generation family approach that provides
programming for children and their families that focus on healthy development,
growth and education, and services for adults that concentrate on parenting,
job skills and financial security.

"The two generation approach is a central theme for serving children and
families in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, and we will closely integrate
our efforts with the Casey Foundation's strategy," said David K. Chamberlain,
Vice Chairman, Westminster Foundation and CEO, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.
"BPN will continue developing the partnerships, organization and staffing,
program management and data systems, financial resources and community
outreach capacity to link and integrate seamlessly a continuum of programs and
supports that fulfill Casey's criteria."

BPN is working with various partners in the community to implement this
initiative. These partners include Erie Community College, Buffalo Urban
League, Belmont Shelter Corporation, and Community Health Center of Buffalo,
among others.

"We are truly grateful for this award from one of the leading national
philanthropic organizations in the United States," said Chamberlain. "This
announcement continues the amazing momentum we are building in our efforts to
improve the health, wellness and education of children and families in the
Promise Neighborhood."

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation: The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a
private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation's
children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and
transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and
grow. For more information visit www.aecf.org.

About Buffalo Promise Neighborhood: Founded in 2010, Buffalo Promise
Neighborhood is a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit organization that seeks to
improve performance at three schools on the northeast side of Buffalo –
Bennett High School, Highgate Heights, and Westminster Community – and
transform the surrounding community by providing a continuum of solutions to
children and families, including neighborhood resources, streamlining family
services and improving educational supports.

BPN is a unique public/private partnership that collaborates with a broad
range of partners and service providers, including businesses, block clubs,
non-profits, public entities and other organizations. BPN is supported
through financial and human resources generously provided by M&T Bank as well
as support through the Westminster Foundation. BPN also receives funding from
U.S. Department of Education and the John R. Oishei Foundation. For more
information, please visit www.buffalopromiseneighborhood.org.

Contacts:
Earl Wells/Dan Giacomini
e3communications
716-854-8182

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