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NCCF's 29th Annual Meeting

NCCF held its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the JCC North Training and Conference Facility. Kathy Kaus, NCCF Board President, welcomed the over 70 community members who attended for a review of the year 2015 as well as Board of Director reports and elections.

Peter Ryan, NCCF Board Treasurer, provided the financial report for 2015. He announced that at the end of 2015, assets were $22,498,359, contributions were $820,077, and $893,635 in grants and scholarships were awarded. Buffamante, Whipple & Buttafaro conducted the 2015 audit and gave NCCF a clean and unqualified opinion indicating that the financial records provided were free of misrepresentations and were in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Gina Paradis, NCCF Vice President and a member of the Nominating Committee, conducted the election of Board, Voting, and Nominating Committee members. For results, see the election box below. The Nominating Committee members, Gina Paradis, Kathy Kaus, Pete Ryan, and Kathy Tampio, were thanked for their service.

The current Grants Committee Chair Priscilla Koch gave an update on the NCCF grants program. She reported that in 2015, NCCF awarded a total of $893,635 in Community Grants, Community Pride Grants, Designated Grants, Environmental Grants, Scholarships and Service Learning Mini-Grants. Several representatives from local nonprofits attended and provided an update on how their recent  NCCF grants have impacted their organizations.
  • Michele Starwalt provided an update on Chautauqua Striders. Striders received two 2015 NCCF Community Grants. The first provided STEM Workshops and tutoring to students age 6 to 15 who are attending schools in northern Chautauqua County. The second grant provided Life Skills Education to children in grades kindergarten to 4th grade who are currently attending Dunkirk City Schools #7 and #3. 
  • Harriet L.Tower, an active community member, reported on two 2015 NCCF Community Pride grants. She proudly explained how the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association grant has helped to improve not only that neighborhood in Dunkirk but also to encourage other Dunkirk residents to take pride in their neighborhoods. The second Community Pride Grant went to Revitalize Dunkirk's Beautification Committee to assist with the purchase of hanging plants and streetscape planters used on Central Avenue.
Eileen Dunn, NCCF Program Coordinator, recognized two members of the Grants Committee for their years of service. Priscilla Koch and John D'Agostino's have each served nine (9) years on the committee.  Priscilla Koch’s leadership as Chair of the committee was noted as well as her “tireless passion and dedication to the committee."  Gratitude was expressed for John’s “extensive knowledge of the community and his sincere interest in the community’s well-being."

Diane Hannum, NCCF Executive Director, provided an update on the Service Learning Mini-Grant Program followed by an NCCF Local Economic Development (LED) Initiative update by Tiffany Yerico, NCCF LED Coordinator.

The meeting wrapped up with an update on NCCF's 30th Anniversary Celebration.  The theme for the celebration is “Building for tomorrow, today”.  Hannum reported that a special focus for the year is encouraging community members to join the Bequest Society.  Those present were invited to participate in the many activities still to come in 2016.  A final “thank you” to those present was expressed by Hannum.  Aloe Vera's Eatery in Fredonia provided delicious refreshments following the meeting.

NCCF Election Results


NCCF Board of Directors

Richard Ryan

NCCF Voting Membership

Newly Elected
Kelly Brown
Marilyn Kurzawa
Danielle Marx
Jill Casey
Rachel Foley
Michael Puglisi
James Rawcliffe
Aaron Resnick
Dan Siracuse
Margaret Tiffany
Elizabeth Tytka

Nominating Committee

Peter Ryan
Richard Ryan
Katherine Tampio

Thank you to all the NCCF volunteers!

Good for milk.
Good for legacies.

Have you ever considered donating a portion of your estate to your favorite charity? Your community?

Whether it’s 2%, 10% or 50%, your gift can make a lasting difference for a cause close to your heart.

You do not need to be wealthy to leave a legacy. Make your core values known by making a planned gift to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Members of our Bequest Society are generous and forward-thinking donors who will support our long-term success and be long remembered.

In addition to supporting our work through your generous cash donations, here are other ways you can contribute to the sustainability of northern Chautauqua County in the long term. These options are a win-win for the donor and the organization. We encourage you to consult with your financial advisor to discuss the tax implications of these options.
  • Bequests. One of the easiest ways to help involves simply naming NCCF as a beneficiary in your will and living trust. A bequest may be for a particular dollar amount or percentage of your estate. Estate tax savings may be significant.
  • Life Insurance Policy and Retirement Assets. Often overlooked by donors, naming NCCF as a partial beneficiary of these assets can provide support for the organization.
Bequest Society members become a special part of the NCCF donor family. They are also honored with: For more information or to discuss a membership visit the Bequest Society page on our website or contact our office at 716-366-4892 or

NCCF Annual Report

Cover of NCCF's 2015 Annual Report
NCCF's Annual Report is now available electronically and hardcopy. To view the report electronically, follow the link below to the NCCF website. 
NCCF 2015 Annual Report

For a hardcopy of the report, call NCCF at 716-366-4892, e-mail at or drop us a note at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY 14048.

Upcoming Events


(Click on photo for webpage.)

Contact NCCF with any questions on these events at 716-366-4892 or

30th Anniversary Celebration Events 

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

Visit us at the
following events:


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

October Celebration
October 6, 2016, Time TBD
Highlighting 30th Anniversary Video
and Bequest Society Members
1891 Fredonia Opera House

Community Foundation

Week Open House

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

Join us for the following events:

Follow us on Facebook for details on the events.
Painting canvases of community landmarks and scenery
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

These events are FREE and open to the community. Limit of 40 people per event, registration is required. Children under 12 will paint a canvas with a parent. Only one event per person.
July 9 - St. Columban's
2546 Lake Rd. (Rt. 5), Silver Creek

July 23 - Dunkirk Lighthouse
1 Point Dr., Dunkirk
August 6 - Noble Winery
8630 Hardscrabble Rd., Westfield
August 20 - Camp Gross
Route 60, Cassadaga

Library Adventure

Traveling display in northern Chautauqua Libraries
Summer 2016
Schedule to be announced


NCCF's 30th Anniversary Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates 
ECR International


Silver Sponsor

Anonymous Donor
Courier Capital
Andrew & Teresa Dorn

Randy & Diana Ordines


Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

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.

July 25 - 31, 2016

Visit NCCF at the Chautauqua County Fair in the Commercial Building! Enjoy a bag of popcorn, find out what is happening at NCCF and enter the Be a Philanthropist contest. We look forward to seeing you!
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