Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation Appoints Three New Board Members

Author: Nicholas Randell

Buffalo, N.Y., May 20, 2024 – The Board of Trustees of The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation has appointed three new members and includes Allen Paul Booker, Dr. Marie A. Cannon, and Dr. Jacqueline Hall. The new members will each serve an initial one year term with the private family foundation that serves Western New … Continued

Participatory Grantmaking at the Tower Foundation: 2024

Author: Nicholas Randell

At the Tower Foundation, we are excited to advance our participatory grantmaking agenda on several fronts in 2024.  Before previewing these in this post, I offer a definition of participatory philanthropy from the Fund for Shared Insight.. Participatory Philanthropy: A philanthropy practice that explicitly includes the participation of  community members with lived expertise in a … Continued

Exploring Intersectionality: A Series of Conversations

Author: Nicholas Randell

On November 20, 2023, the Tower Foundation hosted an online conversation about the intersection of incarceration and substance use.  Panelists from several of our grant partners were invited to discuss the ways in which their work with recently incarcerated youth is affected by substance use disorders within this population.  Rates of substance use disorder are … Continued

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Grant Partner Spotlight: Northeast Arc Ambassadors Represent

Author: Nick Randell, Program Officer

In the fall of 2022, the Tower Foundation’s Community Experts Fund awarded a total of $200,000 to agencies that support programming for young people with intellectual disabilities and/or behavioral health challenges.  The Fund was entirely designed and administered by a group of young adults that represented our funding regions and that had lived expertise across … Continued

Tower Foundation and INP: A Community-First Model of Partnership

Author: Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO, Institute for Nonprofit Practice

When the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP) received our first grant from the Tower Foundation in 2009, little did we know that this investment would blossom into a transformative partnership spanning many years and multiple communities.  Last month, while attending the graduation ceremony for INP’s first-ever Western New York cohort of Core Program graduates through … Continued

Think Bigger Do Good Policy Paper Series Advocates for Increasing Medicaid’s Commitment to Home Visiting

Author: Nicholas Randell

We are pleased to share an update from Think Bigger Do Good Policy Paper Series, a collaborative project of the Thomas Scattergood Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, the Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation, and the Patrick P. Lee Foundation. Each paper in this series identifies a specific challenge and recommends clear strategies to advance the delivery of mental … Continued

Community Experts Fund Awards $200,000

Author: Nicholas Randell

Actions and Voices In September, the hard work of the Tower Advisory team culminated in grant awards to 12 organizations in support of their mentoring and counseling work with youth. The ten members of the team independently reviewed a total of 26 applications, then came together to deliberate across two dynamic evening sessions. All the … Continued

Changes in Store for Advisory Team 2022

Author: Nicholas Randell

This year, the Tower Advisory Team heads in an exciting new direction. In 2022, a dozen or more advisors will come together to launch and execute a grantmaking initiative of their own making. The young people that make up the advisory team (target age is 18-30) represent a mix of the communities where we fund … Continued

Tower Foundation Advisory Team Hits Its Stride

Author: Nicholas Randell

Blog posts in this space have traced the evolution of the Tower Foundation Advisory Team in some detail.  In the fall of 2019, we told you about the initial formation of a seven-member advisory team, made up of young Western New Yorkers with intellectual disabilities. This fun and dynamic group helped us review applications in … Continued