Stepping up to ensure a brighter futurE

Next Generation United (NGU) is a giving community for the next generation of leaders who donate $100 or more annually to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. NGU enables a network of young professionals to be agents of change by tackling local worthy causes through fun, social and impactful opportunities. NGU allows WNY's rising leaders to reshape the norms of philanthropy by creating unique connections to community nonprofits that are poised to tackle some of Buffalo’s most pressing challenges.


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Meat & Mingle: An NGU Meat Raffle

Hungry for entertainment? Join Next Generation United for their fun spin on a Western New York tradition - the meat raffle! In true meat raffle fashion, tickets include your fill of beer and wine, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks. Pizza will be available for purchase. There will be baskets to win, along with door prizes; we want everyone to go home a winner!


Sponsorships are available starting at $500 and include tables of eight, recognition and more. 

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NGU's mission is to identify, educate and empower leaders of tomorrow to be catalysts for change in our community through events and service. This is actualized through our marquee event, Pitch10, where WNY-based organizations are selected and given the chance to connect directly with our young professional community and compete for a series of grants to further activate their missions.


This year, NGU awarded $50,000 to the 2023 Pitchers, the largest prize pool in Pitch10’s history. 

The top 3 prizes were awarded to Stitch Buffalo at first place winning a prize of $25,000. Confident Girl Mentoring won second place with $12,000. The Collaborative Center for Social Innovation won third place with $6,000.

check out pictures from the most recent pitch10

Pitch10 Pictures


2023 Pitch 10 Winners: Second Place (left) Confident Girl Mentoring, First Place (center) Stitch Buffalo and Third Place (right) Collaborative Center for Social Innovation







next generation EVENTS

A picture of Volunteers at United Ways Next Generation EventMembers also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other young leaders who share the same passion for the community at Next Generation Uncorked events. Learn about what the most pressing needs are in Erie County, and how you can help solve them, all while sharing a drink and a laugh at some of the best places to hang out in the area.






Brielynn Bell
Goldberg Sagalla

Alex Dean
Lippes Mathias

Olivia Lewis
Wegmans Food Markets
Kelsey Sweet
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Richard Booth

Erin Feeney
Hallmark Trading Card Co.

Tiffany Nguyen
Eli Lilly
Andrea Wahl
Child & Family Services

Emily Ciraolo

Robert Howard

Joseph Schafer
Lippes Mathias
Melissa Wood
University at Buffalo
Ashley Coder
Buffalo Prep

Nicholas Kaczmarek
Oishei Children's Hospital
Catie Sedor
National Fuel

Margaret Zimmer

Pursuit Lending

Ariel Davis
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Ansley Kelly
Wegmans Food Markets

Erinn Steffen


This Photo Shows all of the sponsors that donate to United Way based on rank