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Celebrate and Ice Skate Event

On Saturday, March 19, over 100 community members joined NCCF volunteers and staff for an afternoon of ice skating at SUNY Fredonia’s Steele Hall. The event, “Celebrate and Ice Skate,” was one of the many events planned for NCCF’s 30th-year celebration.

There was plenty do to for everyone, including beginners and non-ice skaters. Aids were available to assist new skaters, courtesy of SUNY Fredonia. Many community members also took advantage of the crafts table and colorful balloons provided by NCCF. Guests snacked on free popcorn and cake pops (from Cakes by Brandi) along with drinks donated by Tops Market.

Congratulations to our Be A Philanthropist winner, Andrea Cooper. Andrea selected Lakeshore Humane Society to receive the $100 grant.  

NCCF staff gives a heartfelt thank you to SUNY Fredonia and its staff, as well as our wonderful group of NCCF volunteers. Volunteers included: Rebecca Banach, Bernadette Banach, Alexia Dixon-Decaire, Eileen Dunn, Julianne Foster, Jim Hannum, Rick Johnson, Michele Johnson, Priscilla Koch, Ida Lord, Dick Lord Jr., Chris Anne Mosier, Nancy Mosier, and Susan Wells (joined by Black Lab, Ariel Wells). A special thank you to Julianne Foster, Communications Intern from SUNY Fredonia, for leading up the organization of this successful event!
Megan Mackowiak won the Celebrate and Ice Skate Celebration Basket!
Thank you for bringing a gift for our four-legged friends. Guests were encouraged to bring a pet-friendly gift  for one of northern Chautauqua's three animal rescue facilities. For each gift donated the guest received entry into the Celebration Basket drawing. Over 60 gifts were received from our generous donors, divided into three groups and delivered to Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, Lakeshore Humane Society and Westfield Stray Cat Rescue. Each shelter received food, treats, toys, supplies, bedding, and towels.
Join NCCF's volunteers and staff for a 30th year celebration breakfast on April 2nd from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Applebee's located on Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Cost for Basket Raffle tickets are 10 tickets for $5 and 25 tickets for $10. Thanks to our generous local businesses and donors, we have exceeded 25 baskets this year. 

During breakfast, remember to enter our Be A Philanthropist contest to win a $100 grant for your charity of choice!

All proceeds benefit NCCF's Service Learning Mini-Grant Program. These mini-grants are offered to all school districts in northern Chautauqua County for projects that incorporate community service and classroom learning

We hope to see you on April 2nd!
Congratulations to our Flapjack Ticket Winners
Linda Brack, Amanda Long, Stacey Rasmussen, and Kathleen Webber

NCCF Grants Program

In the fall of 2015, the Audubon Nature Center received a grant through our Community Grants Program to support free programming in northern Chautauqua County.

Bird Banding - April 11


On Monday evening, April 11, Jennifer Schlick will present “Bird Banding Highlights,” describing one of many activities at the Audubon Nature Center. Visitors of all ages, like this young man with a White-Throated Sparrow, can observe the bird scientists at work.

The 7 - 8:30 p.m. program at the BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia is free and open to the public.

Other programs offered in 2016:

May - Birds & Blooms Walk
June - Friday Lunch Bunch
July - Raising Monarchs
August - Wild Edibles Walk & Potluck Picnic
September - Leaf Print Workshop

For more information on these free north county programs visit the Audubon Nature Center's website,

30th Anniversary Celebration Events 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details on all events.

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser

Saturday, April 2, 2016
8 - 10 a.m.
3908 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk


Chautauqua County Railroad History Show

Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Chautauqua County Fair Grounds

Chautauqua County Fair

July 25 - 31, 2016
Commercial Building

Fredonia Farm Festival

August 26 - 28, 2016

Festival of Grapes

September 16 - 18, 2016
Silver Creek, NY

Community Foundation

Week Open House

November 18, 2016
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fredonia Technology Incubator,
214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY

Community Family Projects

Follow us on Facebook for details on the events.

Art Project Family Event

Painting canvases of community landmarks and scenery
Dates and locations to be determined


Promoting Philanthropy
in Local Libraries

Traveling display in northern Chautauqua Libraries
Schedule to be announced


Photo Contest

Showcasing northern Chautauqua County
Follow us on Facebook for details

Find us on social media

Thank you to NCCF's 30th Anniversary Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates 
ECR International


Gold Sponsors

Peter D. Clark, Attorney
Nestle Purina

Silver Sponsor

Anonymous Donor

Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous Donor, Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill, Bahgat & Laurito-Bahgat, Thomas & Maureen Webb, Observer, Putnam Record Agency, Cattaraugus County Bank

If you or your company would like to become a 30th Anniversary sponsor, contact NCCF at (716)366-4892, or
by mail at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

New Partnership


NCCF is Partnering with Get Your Nickel Back Redemption Center

Bring your bottles and cans to the Get Your Nickel Back Can Redemption Center at 112 West Main Street in Fredonia and request that your redemption money be donated to the Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund Program.

The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund supports programs that promote local environmental education, particularly programs related to Lake Erie and its watershed.


NCCF thanks Get Your Nickel Back  for their enthusiastic support!

Organizations that have benefited from this environmental grant program include:
  • Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
  • Greystone Nature Preserve
  • Dunkirk High School Science Club
  • Brocton Central School
  • Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation
  • Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board
  • Forestville High School Science Club
  • Jamestown Audubon Society

Your contribution can grow into something more through the NCCF.

Project BICEP Programs


Spring 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Foundation Directory Online Database Workshop
Anderson Lee Library
Wednesday, May 4, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Creating a Technology Plan: Part 1
JCC North County Training Center
Wednesday, June 1, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Creating a Technology Plan: Part 2
JCC North County Training Center

To register for any program, or for more information
please contact Eileen Dunn at 
716-366-4892 or

Project BICEP - Building Institutional Capacity and Engaging Partnerships

Listen to NCCF's Viewpoint Interview
Thursday, April 28, 2016
8:45 a.m.

NCCF interns Julianne Foster and Alexia Dixon Decaire discuss upcoming 30th Anniversary events with Dave Rawley during the March 11 broadcast of Viewpoint.
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