• Summary of Giving

    Contributions reach a broad spectrum of community organizations

  • 2012 Summary of Giving  
    Community Grants: $10,237,761
    Community Sponsorships: $2,805,209
    TOTAL: $13,042,970

    Total Giving by Category:

    • Youth & Education: 58%
    • Community Redevelopment & Neighborhood Revitalization: 18%
    • Health & Human Services: 13%
    • Arts & Culture: 11%

    This support assisted 1,299 nonprofit organizations and partners in 2012.


    2012 Grant Awards

    Examples of First Niagara community support:

  • [Image] Overview Say Yes

    Western NY

    Say Yes Buffalo is dedicated to increasing high school and postsecondary graduation rates among students attending public and charter schools in the city of Buffalo. Say Yes Buffalo provides comprehensive support, including a locally funded college or vocational education, aligned with what research indicates is needed to enable every child to achieve his or her potential. Say Yes Buffalo is made possible by the generosity of Western New York individuals, families, businesses and foundations and Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national, nonprofit education foundation. First Niagara, a lead angel donor, believes this is a worthy investment that will ultimately assist thousands of Buffalo’s youth in achieving their dreams.

    First Niagara donated over $500,000 worth of computers and related equipment to Computers for Children, following the 2012 HSBC branch acquisition. This substantial donation provides valuable resources for the agency and has fostered partnerships with Buffalo City Schools, the Goodwill, City Mission and other organizations, magnifying the impact of this donation.

    First Niagara invests annually in the Larkin Community Improvement Fund, an initiative of the Old First Ward Community Association, which assists owner-occupied homeowners in the Larkin District, home to our corporate headquarters, with exterior improvements to their residences. First Niagara and Larkin Development Group are lead supporters in this neighborhood revitalization project.

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  • [Image] Overview CDS Monarch

    Rochester NY

    CDS Monarch’s ‘Warrior Salute Program’ receives frequent support from First Niagara. The progressive program provides comprehensive employment and clinical rehabilitation services for veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

    PathStone Corporation received a grant from First Niagara in 2012 to support aspiring low- to moderate-income individuals and families in their dream to become homeowners. PathStone offers education, counseling, affordable financing, grant assistance, post-purchase support and assistance to correct health, safety and energy problems in purchased units.

    First Niagara is a proud, longtime supporter of Lifetime Assistance Inc., a community leader that provides comprehensive services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. A First Niagara Regional Community Grant in 2012 assisted them in continuing the great work they do throughout the Rochester area.

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  • [Image] Overview UNHS Grant

    Central NY

    First Niagara became a ‘Corporate Compact Member’ of Say Yes to Education – Syracuse this year with a donation to the program’s ‘Scholarship Endowment Fund.’ Additionally, our Syracuse teammates will be newly engaged volunteers with Say Yes, supporting mentoring and enrichment activities with the Syracuse City School District.

    First Niagara proudly sponsored the Museum of Science & Technology’s (MOST) traveling Ice Age Mammoths & More Exhibit. Featuring roaring, stomping and very realistic robotic prehistoric mammals, the exhibit is stirring the imaginations of MOST visitors.

    First Niagara is committed to providing financial literacy programs throughout our communities. Utica Neighborhood Housing (UNHS) NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center is among our partners in this area, providing important services, such as home buyer education, maintenance seminars, pre/post purchase counseling, and foreclosure counseling, to low- to moderate-income families in Oneida, Herkimer & Madison Counties. A NeighborWorks® organization, the agency has benefitted from recurring First Niagara investment over the past five years.

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  • [Image] Overview Albany Medical Center

    Eastern NY

    First Niagara’s Eastern New York region is a passionate supporter of Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY, providing board members and volunteer teachers while actively participating in the organization’s fundraisers. Additionally, JA of Northeastern NY recently received a grant through our Mentoring Matters program.

    First Niagara supports the Literacy Volunteers of America – Greater Rensselaer County through active involvement in the agency’s participation in "Everybody Wins!," a national program that seeks to increase children's prospects for success in school and life through one-to-one reading/mentoring. ENY teammates volunteer their time by going to local schools and reading aloud to children once a week during lunchtime.

    First Niagara contributed to Albany Medical Center’s expansion project to ensure the Center can meet the growing demand for its services. The new six-story ‘Patient Pavilion’ adds 325,000 square feet of new patient care space while renovating 46,000 square feet of existing space.

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  • [Image] Overview Connecticut Science Center

    New England

    A First Niagara grant to the Connecticut Science Center assisted in the creation of the Center’s newest permanent exhibit, the Robot Humanoid exhibit. The fun and educational exhibit features “Quiz,” a two-foot-tall robot programmed to interact with Science Center visitors and teach the science of robotics. In addition to providing visitors with hands-on opportunities to work with this cutting-edge technology, the exhibit highlights the work of real-world inventors and engages youth in exciting science experiences, both of which may motivate them to become the next generation of inventors. As part of the exhibit launch, First Niagara sponsored a robot-naming contest in cooperation with Hearst Newspapers, and a Customer Appreciation Day at the Center in October.

    In New England, First Niagara provides generous support to the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership (CT) through our Mentoring Matters grant program. These exceptional mentoring programs provide a variety of services to area youth, from school-based mentoring and recruitment of mentors of color to financial literacy workshops for youth. In addition to bringing more caring adults into the lives of youth, the programs have elevated the awareness of the distinct positive effects of mentoring.

    First Niagara partnered with Manchester Community College, the Town of Manchester (CT), and the Downtown Special Services district to create MCC on Main, a satellite campus in downtown Manchester. The project has succeeded in its goal to bring economic vibrancy and stability to the downtown area with the addition of MCC students. The donation of a former Bank facility made way for the college's new art gallery and additional classroom space. First Niagara also contributed to the renovation costs essential to preparing the building for its exciting new use.

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  • [Image] Overview Ickabob Crane

    Tri-State

    First Niagara is busy establishing working partnerships in areas new to our footprint. Through a recent grant to the Rockland Housing Action Coalition, we’re supporting the Coalition’s education and counseling programs for more than 1,300 low- to moderate-income individuals annually. Programs and services emphasize the financial/technical skills clients need to rent, purchase and maintain their homes, as well as creating action plans with realistic goals to manage various financial situations.

    Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) celebrates the history, architecture, landscape, and material culture of the Hudson Valley, advancing its importance and thereby assuring its preservation. First Niagara sponsored three popular HHV Fall festivals in 2012, educating and entertaining an estimated 30,000 participants through the distinctive events.

  • [Image] Overview Meadville Dental Clinic

    Western PA

    First Niagara is a partner with the Northside Leadership Conference in a multiyear initiative to support the revitalization of the historic and culturally rich collection of Northside neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. The neighborhood redevelopment partnership supports revitalization initiatives with a substantial six-year investment.

    In 2012, First Niagara helped establish the Meadville Medical Center Dental Clinic, a facility dedicated to providing essential dental health services to low-income, underinsured and uninsured individuals and families in the Crawford County Region.

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  • [Image] Overview Habitat Volunteerism

    Eastern PA

    First Niagara extended its successful partnership with three EPA regional mentoring providers, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lehigh Valley, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bucks County, to implement programs that will benefit over 175 participants. Initiatives include the First Niagara/Big Brothers Big Sisters Beyond School Walls program, a program which features mentoring matches between 25 First Niagara employees and 25 area elementary students, plus numerous other high-impact mentoring programs throughout Eastern PA.

    In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Chester County, First Niagara is funding homeownership opportunities for families in the city of Coatesville. A vigorous neighborhood revitalization effort features Habitat volunteers building 45 homes in the Cambria development in the city of Coatesville. Each home will be sold to a qualified low-income family in need.

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