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CRCF endowments generate over $13,500 in grants in March

Thu, Apr 11th 2024 01:00 pm

Four donor designated funds of the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation have awarded gifts totaling more than $13,500 to area nonprofit organizations.

The donors who established these four funds – Luella Potter Endowment Fund, Kay and Oliver Williams/Rushford Endowment Fund, Jim and Gail Olson Mercy Flight Fund, The Rev. Leo J. Gallina Endowment Fund for St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church – designated organizations that mattered to them to receive annual grants from their funds.

The Kay and Oliver Williams/Rushford Endowment Fund makes possible annual grants to eight organizations that support the identity and long history of the Rushford community.

This year’s grants included:

  • First Baptist Church of Rushford - $1,146
  • Northern KonXions United Methodist Church - $1,146
  • Rushford Free Library - $1,146
  • Cuba-Rushford School District - $776
  • Rushford Cemetery Association - $776
  • Podonque Cemetery - $776
  • Olean Troop 621 - $776
  • Rushford Concert Band - $776

The Luella Potter Endowment Fund provided a grant of $2,792 to Southern Tier Catholic School. The fund was named in honor of Luella Potter who taught at Southern Tier Catholic School for 39 years.

Since the inception of this fund, Southern Tier Catholic School has received over $40,000 in support.

The Jim and Gail Olson Mercy Flight Fund made possible a grant of $1,416 to support the Olean Mercy Flight station. Mrs. Olson established the fund in 2013 to provide annual support for the Olean Mercy Flight hangar.

The Rev. Leo J. Gallina Endowment Fund for St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, established by Father Gallina, supports St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church, Bradford, Pa., including support of parishioners in need and its community outreach to help others. The grant for this tear totals $1,992.

CRCF Executive Director Kirk Windus commented, “When these funds make their annual grant distributions, it serves as a reminder to me of the power of endowments. Local organizations receive significant and dependable support from these distributions thanks to the forward thinking and giving spirit of the donors.”

Donations can be made to any of these funds at CRCF, 301 North Union St., Suite 203, or online at cattfoundation.org.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email [email protected], or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).