In Western New York, we take pride in our resiliency, generosity, and collaborative spirit. As the COVID-19 health crisis unfolds, these positive attributes will be called upon like never before.  To address the most critical needs in our community, local philanthropic organizations are collaborating to create and support the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund. And we need your help. 



If you would like to make a donation by check, please mail to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Make check payable: United Way of Buffalo & Erie County c/o WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund


The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is an opportunity to assist those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19. By pooling funds and encouraging additional support, we can help essential organizations with funding designed to complement public sector funds. Your donation will help us to rapidly deploy resources in the immediate areas of health, human services, food, childcare, and support for frontline responders. The needs are immense and time is of the essence. We invite you to share this message with anyone who may be able to contribute.



We recognize that many nonprofit organizations are facing immediate and unprecedented challenges. Rest assured, we are working diligently to fully understand the evolving needs and determine how to best support those on the front lines of this crisis.  Immediate funding will complement public sector efforts and granting decisions to 501(c)3 organizations will be focused on basic needs. Local foundations have been assessing immediate community needs and will invite a selection of organizations that are addressing these needs to apply for funding. To receive updates on WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund, please sign up for the fund mailing list


The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is supported by a coalition of the region’s philanthropic organizations, including:

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Blue Fund

Buffalo Bills Foundation

Buffalo Sabres Foundation

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Cullen Foundation

East Hill Foundation

Garman Family Foundation

Grigg Lewis Foundation

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

James H. Cummings Foundation

Key Bank and First Niagara Foundation

M&T Bank

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

Patrick P. Lee Foundation

Pinto Family Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Baird Foundation

The John R. Oishei Foundation

The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

Western New York Foundation