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Donor Services


Gifts to secure the future of our community

"It is not how much we give 
but how much love we put into giving"
Mother Teresa

For many years, we have been aware that generous people have included local philanthropy in their estate plans by designating future gifts to the NCCF. The Bequest Society of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation was formed to thank those individuals who have chosen to share with us their plans to leave NCCF a charitable gift through their will or estate plan.

The NCCF exists to address the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. As these change, so does our focus. For this reason, you can be assured that your gift will never become obsolete. Your gift will grow and benefit the community forever.

Do you have questions concerning our Bequest Society? Here are a few questions and answers that may help. 

Is there is a minimum amount I must give in order to make a bequest?

No, there is no minimum dollar requirement. Everyone’s situation is different. Whatever amount you wish to donate is welcomed and appreciated. Disclosing the size of your bequest is at your discretion.

Will my gift be tax deductible?

Historically, bequests have been deductible for federal estate tax purposes. In addition, the gift is usually exempt from state inheritance taxes.

How will my gift be used?

If you wish, you can specify how your bequest is used by designating it for scholarships, general endowment, program support or annual operating support. 

Visit our bequest society page for more FAQs and additional information on creating your legacy. 

We are grateful to all our Bequest Society members for remembering their community in their estate plan. Call or e-mail Diane Hannum to make an appointment to discuss leaving your legacy to the community at 716-366-4892 or

Note: We recommend that you discuss your bequest plans with your family and with your attorney, accountant, insurance agent or financial planner as may be appropriate.

Local Economic Development Initiative's
Annual Summit

Information and Registration

Join us for our

2019 Annual Meeting

& Presentation of the
George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award

Monday, June 17, 2019
4 p.m.

Business Meeting
George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award
Reception with light refreshments.


Everyone is welcome ~ we encourage you to attend!

JCC's North County Training & Conference Facility
10807 Bennett Road, Dunkirk



Reservations are encouraged but not required.

Come and celebrate as we present the 
2019 George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award

Peter D. Clark 


Building community through...

NCCF has multiple grant programs!

These programs include competitive grants, designated grants, agency endowment grants, and scholarships. The Community Grant Program, the Community Pride Program, and the Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund Program are considered competitive grants. We work with these grantees to help them present a successful application and then, by committee, we carefully review all the grants submitted. NCCF's significant areas of support include Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth Development.  

The Board of Directors of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently approved grants totaling $69,389 to 17 local nonprofit organizations through the Spring Community Grants Program and five organizations received $6,550 through the Community Pride Program.

Community Pride Grants awarded include Partners in Kind, Community Bench Project; Dunkirk Historical Society, window painting and signage repair; Westfield Exempt Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Westfield First Responders Tribute; Fredonia Garden Club, Community Beautification Projects; and Imagine Forestville, Forestville Walking Trail.

Spring Community Grants Program grants include Dunkirk Local Development Corporation, Great Lakes Experience Festival; Valley Historical Society, Carriage House Painting Project; Fredonia Grange #1, handicapped accessibility installations; Lake Shore Family Center, Roof Replacement Project; Western NY Rural Area Health Education Center, Rural Medical Scholars Program; Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, scanner, books and testing materials; Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, Summer Festival Entertainment; Imagine Forestville Program, historical home survey; Village of Mayville, Barcelona-Chautauqua Institue Multi-use trail improvements; Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, online shopping cart development; Dunkirk Historical Society, building entrance renovations; and Patterson Library in collaboration with the YWCA of Westfield,  Women Empowered Through STEAM Program

For additional information on NCCF's Grants Program, visit our website, or contact Eileen Ardillo at 716-366-4892 or by e-mail at

It's Cool to be Kind Day - Kindness Benches

Partners In Kind received a Community Pride grant to construct, paint, and deliver Kindness Benches throughout our area.

The benches will have positive phrases, and residents can enjoy them in parks and near Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. 

You can find the Kindness Benches at:
  1. Barker Street Playground, Fredonia
  2. Russell Joy Park, Fredonia
  3. Dunkirk Splash Pad at Wright Park, Dunkirk 
  4. Point Gratiot, Dunkirk
  5. Silver Creek - to be determined
  6. Lakewood Dog Park, Lakewood
  7. Barcelona Light House area, Westfield
~ Three areas are yet to be identified. ~

The goal of the event is to create a sense of community pride and promote overall goodwill towards one another within our communities, resulting in a happier Chautauqua County.

We are excited to be partnering with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for 2019 Give Big CHQ! We have 92 nonprofit organizations signed up and ready for your support!

Why YOU should participate in Give Big CHQ!

Give Big CHQ is a 24-hour online fundraising event designed to raise awareness about our nonprofit sector and to inspire giving throughout our region.

It is a day where we come together as a community to raise money for important programs and projects that are vital to our nonprofits in their work.

Together we can make a difference! Together we can Give Big!

Visit Give Big CHQ for a list of participating nonprofits that need your support on this big day!

Local Artist Paints for the Environment

Sara Baker Michalak

Thank you, Sara Baker Michalak, for your recent donation to the NCCF’s Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund. Earlier this year the Fredonia Technology Incubator was host to her latest show: Metaphysical, an exhibition of mixed media paintings and collages. 

Sara grew up in Western New York and received a BFA degree from the School for American Crafts, in Rochester, N.Y. and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Nature and Culture) from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her work has been on exhibit throughout this area including the New York’s American Craft Museum, and the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Sara has provided opportunities for new arts experiences to students in public schools and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Thank you, Sara, for your fantastic art and your contribution to the Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund. Visit the NCCF’s Environmental Fund page on our website for additional information.

Rev. Clifford K. Cliver and Lucy Cliver Sumsky Scholarship

Established in 2015, this scholarship is designed to assist continuing education students who have been in Chautauqua County foster care.

This continuing education scholarship is awarded annually without regard to the student’s financial circumstances. Eligible students must:

  • be 21 years of age or older,
  • be attending (or have been accepted at) a university, college or trade school,
  • reside in Chautauqua County, and
  • have been in foster care.
Applications are due to our office by July 1, 2019.

Monthly Nonprofit - Community Networking Session 

Tuesday, June 4th
12 - 1:30 p.m.
at the NCCF, 212 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk
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