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.

Become a Next Generation United Member


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.


Last year, NGU awarded $50,000 to the 2023 Pitchers, the largest prize pool in Pitch10’s history. We're excited to keep the momentum going in 2024! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 25, 2024 and check out our RFP. All applications are due back on Friday, June 7, 2024.



Download 2024 RFP



In 2023, 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


NGU Young Professional Community Connect

Get ready to elevate your networking game and make meaningful connections at our upcoming YP Community Connect, taking place at the iconic Seneca One Tower on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.

NGU is thrilled to invite you to an evening filled with energizing conversations, collaboration opportunities, and a chance to explore how we can collectively make a difference in the Buffalo community. As young professionals, we understand the importance of synergy and collaboration, so we're bringing together YPs and their respective organizations to foster awareness around our shared missions and how we support our beloved city.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting in your career, this event promises to be an invaluable opportunity to expand your network, gain insights, and contribute to the vibrant fabric of our community.

Here are the event details:

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: Seneca One Tower, 1 Seneca Street Buffalo, NY 14203


Light appetizers will be provided by NGU!

next generation EVENTS

A picture of Volunteers at United Ways Next Generation EventMembers have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other young leaders who share the same passion for the community at Next Generation mixer 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