• What We Do

    We live here. We work here. We strive to make a difference here

  • Welcome

    Strong communities are places where citizens have opportunities to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. At First Niagara, we’re collaborating with effective community partners, investing in the great work they do, and empowering them to do more for our communities. When our partners thrive and Do Great Things, we all benefit.

    Our philanthropic giving focuses on supporting Youth and Education and Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization while addressing the unique conditions in each of our distinctive regions. These priority areas are relevant for us as a financial institution and collectively identified as urgent needs in the communities we serve across New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

    Our employees’ passion for our charitable initiatives reinforces the financial investment we’re able to make. A robust spirit of volunteerism among First Niagara teammates complements our corporatewide efforts. Volunteer efforts with our community partners are at an all-time high and continue to grow as part of our corporate culture.

    Everyone at First Niagara, from our employees to our customers, values the results produced when constituents pull together to make a community stronger, more vibrant, and alive with new possibilities. We invite you to explore our community commitment through the investments we’ve made and the stories we’re here to tell about how, by working together, we’re empowering our communities to Do Great Things each and every day!

    Focus Areas

    As the needs of our communities are many, First Niagara seeks to support organizations and programs that focus on one or both of the following areas that we believe are critical to enriching our communities:

    • Youth and Education: Initiatives that directly empower youth to thrive and enhance their capacities through programs and opportunities that provide mentoring, skill building, job training, and access to education to help them achieve their full potential.
    • Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization: Initiatives that advance and increase self-sufficiency, stabilize housing, improve neighborhoods, encourage community collaboration and build partnerships.
  • View First Niagara’s grant and sponsorship application process.
  • First Niagara’s contributions reach a broad spectrum of community organizations.
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