The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) announced recipients of the 2022 Golden Pear Grants during a livestream on Facebook in a record-breaking $250,000 distribution of funds, and an additional $100,000 in-kind donations through its educational foundation. Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper was among the organizations selected for an unrestricted grant in the amount of $2,500.
“We are pleased to present Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper with a Golden Pear Grant. Their application was very compelling, and the restoration and protection they provide will impact future generations,” said Deborah Marshall, chief operating officer of the American Fundraising Foundation. “We are grateful for all they are doing to make a difference. The Golden Pear is part of our logo and symbolizes good health, prosperity, longevity and future happiness – all the things we hope for them and the many organizations that impact lives daily.”
“Unrestricted grants like this are the key to being able to continue implementing valued programs that benefit our communities and our water,” Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka said. “This kind of grant also provides us the capacity to pursue and unlock larger federal, state and foundation funds to help protect and restore our waterways and surrounding ecosystems in Western New York.
“We are grateful to the American Fundraising Foundation for this generous support of our mission.”
About Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is a community-based nonprofit organization that protects and restores waters and surrounding ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. For over 30 years, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has been a guardian of Western New York's fresh water, protecting clean water, restoring the health of ecosystems, connecting people to the water, and inspiring economic growth and community engagement. For more information, visit www.bnwaterkeeper.org.
About the American Fundraising Foundation
Each year, the American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund) carefully chooses organizations to support through sponsorship of events, year-end grant distribution, virtual silent auctions, and other programs to raise much-needed unrestricted funds for the important mission of those organizations. AmFund currently partners with over 500 organizations in support of their funding needs.
The national headquarters of AmFund is located in Florida and opens its training center to nonprofit organizations for lunch and learns as well as special programs. Its educational foundation is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) and provides professional training for development directors, executive directors, board members, and others leveraging more than two decades of fundraising experience. It offers expertise in a wide variety of topics for groups ranging in size from 12 to 1,000.
Since its inception in 1999, the American Fundraising Foundation has distributed more than $44 million for worthy causes. Its signature silent auctions featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences are presented at organizations’ special events, whether in person, virtual or hybrid events, drawing admiration, praise and excitement as the entire process elevates the event in the eyes of patrons, board members and the community.
Additionally, AmFund annually donates unrestricted funds known as Golden Pear Grants, to select organizations.
A press release stated, “The Golden Pear, prominently part of AmFund’s logo, is deeply rooted in history as well as in its mission. Throughout history, even before the written word, the pear has been honored as a sacred fruit signifying wisdom, prosperity, good health, longevity and future happiness – all the things AmFund seeks for its nonprofit partners.”