Helping WNY residents build a stronger financial foothold

60+ agencies collaborate closely with United Way through the Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH) Buffalo Coalition to help improve the financial health of hardworking families.

The coalition includes:

  • Foundations
  • Banks
  • Credit unions​
  • Nonprofits​
  • Faith-based & community groups​
  • Educational institutions​
  • Employers​
  • Concerned citizens

Our Focus

CASH focuses on proactive, community-based asset-building strategies, including:

  • Securing working family credits & other income supports (Earned income, Education, and Child Tax Credits)
  • Improving the coordination, reach & consistency of local financial education programming
  • Supporting education & employment opportunities
  • Encouraging homeownership & other asset development through Individual Development Account (IDA) matched savings accounts

Key Results


  • Filed 10,348 Tax Returns for low to moderate income tax filers and their families here in Erie County.
  • Including 8,125 in person VITA prepared returns filed, completed for free, by trained, IRS certified tax preparers.

Our Supporters

Thank you to CASH Buffalo’s generous supporters:

  • Bank of America
  • Citizens Bank
  • First Niagara Foundation 
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Key Bank
  • M&T Charitable Foundation
  • United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
  • United Way Worldwide
  • Walmart Foundation