Upward trend in philanthropic giving continues

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The number of Western New Yorkers giving to local organizations is continuing to increase. Thousands of people donated last year, giving millions of dollars to community nonprofits.

“All you have to do is look around you and see the footprint of philanthropy,” said Betsy Constantine, the Vice President of the Community Foundation which helps manage donations for thousands of Western New York organizations, museums, etc.

Last year, the Community Foundation saw $40 million more than the previous year.

“It’s just a tremendous privilege to see this in people – see the joy they get out of it,” said Constantine.

One of the nonprofits benefiting from philanthropy is Veterans One Stop Center of Western New York.

“Philanthropy is not only donations of money but also time, effort, and talent,” said Roger Woodworth, the President for the One Stop Center, which assists vets with anything they might need – from finding jobs to finding places to stay.

The majority of the $3.6 million the organization receives in funding comes from corporate donations.

“Without donors, we wouldn’t be here,” said Woodworth. “That $3.6 million generates $15 million worth of impact in the community.”

“That’s all because of philanthropy and the generosity of individuals,” said Constantine. “The quality of life for every individual would be greatly reduced without philantrhopy.”

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