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Buffalo Promise Neighborhood To Receive Up To $6 Million From Annie E. Casey Foundation

"The two generation approach is a central theme for serving children and families in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, and we will closely integrate our efforts with the Casey Foundation's strategy," said David K. Chamberlain, Vice Chairman, Westminster Foundation and CEO, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.  "BPN will continue developing the partnerships, organization and staffing, program management and data systems, financial resources and community outreach capacity to link and integrate seamlessly a continuum of programs and supports that fulfill Casey's criteria."

BPN is working with various partners in the community to implement this initiative.  These partners include Erie Community College, Buffalo Urban League, Belmont Shelter Corporation, and Community Health Center of Buffalo, among others.

"We are truly grateful for this award from one of the leading national philanthropic organizations in the United States," said Chamberlain.  "This announcement continues the amazing momentum we are building in our efforts to improve the health, wellness and education of children and families in the Promise Neighborhood."

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation: The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private national philanthropy that creates better futures for the nation's children by strengthening families, building economic opportunities and transforming neighborhoods into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information visit www.aecf.org.

About Buffalo Promise Neighborhood : Founded in 2010, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve performance at three schools on the northeast side of BuffaloBennett High School, Highgate Heights, and Westminster Community – and transform the surrounding community by providing a continuum of solutions to children and families, including neighborhood resources, streamlining family services and improving educational supports.

BPN is a unique public/private partnership that collaborates with a broad range of partners and service providers, including businesses, block clubs, non-profits, public entities and other organizations.  BPN is supported through financial and human resources generously provided by M&T Bank as well as support through the Westminster Foundation.  BPN also receives funding from U.S. Department of Education and the John R. Oishei Foundation.  For more information, please visit www.buffalopromiseneighborhood.org.

Contacts: Earl Wells/ Dan Giacominie3communications716-854-8182

SOURCE M&T Bank

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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