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Visit our website at to become a member. There you will find the membership application and a list of our current members. We also encourage you to call the office at 716-366-4892 or stop in at 212 Lake Shore Drive West if you have any questions or to learn more about the NCCF.

NCCF eagerly joins the national network of 750+ community foundations in celebrating the 28th Annual Community Foundation Week November 12 - 18.

We invite the public to CELEBRATE with us!
Friday, November 17, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fredonia Technology Incubator
214 Central Avenue, Dunkirk

Join us for a light lunch and fun activities!

The Fall Community Grants Program awards will be presented
to local nonprofits during the Open House.
It is a great time to meet NCCF volunteers and 
our 2017 fall grantees.

Community Grants Program

Fall 2017 Grants

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved 16 grant awards totaling $63,954 through the 2017 Fall Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program is a biannual program that awards grants to nonprofit organizations seeking funds for projects that address northern Chautauqua’s current needs and opportunities. 

NCCF awarded the following grants:
Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame for Website Redesign;
Cornell Cooperative Extension for “Chautauqua Grown” Program Support;
Festival of Grapes for a Window Restoration Project;
Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse for Furnace/Air Conditioning Installation at Gatekeeper’s House;
Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Association for Water, Septic and Electrical Installation at Cherry Creek Sheriff’s Building;
Chautauqua County Agricultural Society for Photo ID Software, Printer and Computer;
Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue for Shelter Entry Roof Construction;
Chautauqua Works for North County Healthcare Talent Pipeline Program Maintenance Equipment;
Literacy Volunteers for Translation/Tutoring Program;
plusFarm for Adams Art Gallery Project;
Chautauqua County Rural Ministry for a Tabletop Fruit Press and Laptops;
Chautauqua County Historical Society for McClurg Museum Storm Window Installation;
Food Bank of WNY for Partners Fighting Hunger Program;
Dunkirk Fredonia Meals on Wheels for “Dine Well” Program;
Northlake Family Recreation Center for a Concrete Pavilion Pad;
Chautauqua Striders for an Ahira Hall SAT Workshop Series.

Community volunteers comprise the Grants Committee and NCCF thanks them for their hard work and commitment: Helen Baran, Jody Briggs, Jill Casey, Mac Crowe, Ann Eckman, Margaret Ferris, Virginia Harper, JoAnn Kaufman, Alex Moss, Alberto Rey, Rich Ryan and Kurt Warmbrodt. Pete Ryan serves as chairman of the committee, and Gina Paradis is the NCCF president.

Letters of Interest for the next round of funding are due March 1, 2018. Visit the NCCF website for additional information on grant programs or contact Eileen Dunn, Program Coordinator at 716-366-4892 or

To make a gift to one of NCCF’s community benefit funds visit the NCCF’s website or contact the NCCF office at 716-366-4892. 
We are excited to announce NCCF's participation in the New York Gives Day!

The focus of our campaign is to strengthen our community through our Building Community Fund. This fund addresses today’s community needs as well as future needs through grants, economic development, and other programs designed to benefit everyone who lives, works and visits northern Chautauqua County.
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Don’t stand in Black Friday lines or fight Cyber Monday internet traffic, instead, feel the joy of giving this holiday season. Join NCCF on Giving Tuesday, November 28, and support your community by contributing to our Building Community Fund.

NCCF's Giving Tuesday Page

NCCF NY Gives page

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This holiday season, remember to choose the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation when you shop at When you do, Amazon donates to NCCF!

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NCCF hosts networking event

To better understand the needs and concerns of our surrounding communities, regional community foundations have been meeting annually since 2011. NCCF, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, and Allegany County Area Foundation have hosted this event with the goal of sharing concerns, trading ideas, and meeting the challenges that face the communities that each foundation serves.

This year NCCF hosted the networking meeting.  A presentation and tour of the Mayville Train Depot were followed by dinner and networking at Webb's Captains Table Restaurant. The Mayville Train Depot was an excellent example of how community foundations work together as both NCCF and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation contributed funding for building improvements.

A special thank you to Doug Marshall for his excellent presentation on the history of the train depot and insight into the museum pieces displayed.

Where are they now?

Nathan Ahlstrom
John J. & Helen B. Mancuso Scholarship, 2009

All Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation scholarship recipients are unique, but it is always gratifying when they return after graduation. For Nathan Ahlstrom, a 2009 Dunkirk High School (DHS) graduate, coming home was a natural fit.

Nathan (Nate) was a recipient of the John J. and Helen B. Mancuso Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2004 through the estate of Mrs. Mancuso following her death in 2004. Helen worked for many years as a clerk for the former True Temper Plant in Dunkirk and her husband John worked for the City of Dunkirk school system. He passed away in 2003. John advanced from history teacher to assistant high school principal before his appointment in 1978 as principal of the Dunkirk High School. Although the Mancuso’s did not have children of their own, they were proud of, and dedicated, to the many students who passed through their lives. The scholarship was created to assist Dunkirk High School seniors pursuing a degree in social studies education.

When asked what inspired him to pursue a degree at SUNY Fredonia in Social Studies/Adolescence Education, his response was not what but who. Two teachers at DHS shaped Nate's passion for history - Mr. Catalano and Mr. Robertson. Although Mr. Catalano has retired, Mr. Robertson still teaches and has become a mentor to Nate.

While still in college, Nate’s first job was teaching history to inmates at the Lakeview Correctional Facility. He found that job rewarding as inmates were eager to learn as they worked toward their High School Equivalency Diploma.

Currently, Nate is teaching 11th grade U.S. History at DHS and pursuing his master’s degree in history at the University of Buffalo. There is a different dynamic at the school as former teachers are now colleagues. Having attended DHS, Nate feels he can relate more closely to the students as he knows what it is like to be a kid at Dunkirk High School.

Back home in Dunkirk, Nate lives with his wife Ashley and their 3-year old daughter Olivia. When asked about coming home to teach he stated that he was willing to teach anywhere but was so grateful to find a teaching position in Dunkirk. Nate loves this area and hopes to retire here. Dunkirk’s diversity is what appeals to him as well as the areas recreational and cultural opportunities.

When asked what this scholarship meant to him, Nate was humble in his gratitude for this scholarship as Mr. Mancuso influenced many in his family during his tenure at DHS. "I would say thank you to Mr. Mancuso and his wife for giving so much back to the community and truly dedicating their lives toward education. The sacrifices they made for other people are just astonishing and should make us all reflect on what it means to be truly part of a community." 

What advice does Nate have for graduating students? “What I would like to tell students is that the point of life is to learn as much as possible before you leave, not to be as cool as possible.  High school is full of emotions and distractions that often make us think that being cool and liked is the point of living.  However, knowledge is the point of living.  So if you’re worried that being smart is not cool, just remember that the knowledge you gain in school is going to help you to be a happy and successful person for the rest of your life but being cool fades as soon as you graduate.”

For more information on this scholarship (John & Helen Mancuso Scholarship) or other scholarship opportunities at the NCCF, visit

NCCF on the radio!

Celina Kryk (SUNY Fredonia Intern), Ida Lord and Diane Hannum appeared on WDOE's Viewpoint with Dave Rowley on Monday, October 30. Catch us on our next appearance Friday, November 24!

What better gift than the gift of
giving back to your community!

Are you looking for creative gift ideas?
Do you want to make a difference in your community?
We are here to help!

Many families and individuals have made philanthropy a part of their holiday season. Why not choose to make a gift to a fund in the name of those “hard to shop for” individuals on your gift list? Whether you honor a loved one who passed away this year or a favorite charity, giving is a joyful and rewarding experience. Gifts can be in any amount. 

Visit the NCCF's Holiday Giving web page and start shopping today!
  • Select a fund that matches the gift recipient's interests
  • Follow the instructions 
  • Submit your order and tax-deductible contribution
We will send everyone on your list a personalized, festive holiday card announcing your gift (the amount will not be mentioned unless you desire). 

Also - any gifts given on November 28 will count towards our New York Gives/Giving Tuesday total!

Contact or 366-4892 with any questions.

Happy Holidays!

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