Meet our Spring 2019 Grant Partners


Author: Don Matteson

The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation is pleased to announce its recent grant awards totaling nearly $1.3 million to 15 organizations for projects benefitting Erie and Niagara Counties in Western New York, as well as Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Essex County in Eastern Massachusetts. “It’s a great privilege to support these organizations as they work … Continued

Making things just a little easier for grantees


Author: Don Matteson

One day a few weeks ago, Chuck popped his head into my office. He told me that he’d just finished up a videoconference with one of our grantees. They were wrapping up the first year of a grant, and the videoconference served as the formal report narrative. They talked about all the things you’d expect … Continued

What We Mean by Eliminating Mental Health Stigma


Author: Don Matteson

As part of our strategic planning process a couple of years ago, our Trustees and staff established goals for each of our four issue areas. These goals were intended to reflect the, “desired end state” for the populations we serve in the communities we fund. When we got to the mental health category, we led … Continued

What’s with the Shirts?


Author: Don Matteson

One of the changes we’ve made over the past few years is how we dress when we’re out in the community. Most often, people think of program officers as stern-faced foundation representatives decked out in suits, ties, and other formal business attire. When we’re out doing our work for the Tower Foundation, more often than … Continued