Learn what’s happening at the Foundation and in the communities where we work. Hear from staff and partners about their accomplishments and lessons learned along the way.

*** 2020 Grant Guidelines will be posted mid-November on our “Apply for a Grant” page***
System Redesign Part I: Why It Matters

Author: Megan MacDavey

System Redesign and Why It Matters We here at The Tower Foundation have been paying attention over the last couple of years to the big changes happening in the health care delivery system. Why? Well, a few reasons. First, changes to the health care system mean big changes to not only the health care providers … Continued

The Tower Inquisition

Author: Megan MacDavey

A screening call? A clarification call? Which is it? WHAT is it? I just toiled over a preliminary application for you — what more could you possibly need from me??? What is this, torture?  Hey there. Yes, you with your head on your desk. This is not a trap! We like screening calls a lot (which we have … Continued


Author: Megan MacDavey

My morning started in all its usual familiarity and chaos. (Peeling myself away from my kids in the morning is something I have not yet mastered since welcoming our second kiddo into our family this past summer.) My husband and I ran around, frantically executing the diaper-clean-clothe-feed-the-kids routine, managing to make ourselves look quasi-presentable, and … Continued

In Appreciation of the “Real Heroes”

Author: Chuck Colston

A few months ago, I attended an awards ceremony at the Dale Association. It was a great event with plenty of tasty desserts. The Foundation was among eight honorees recognized for their service to the community. While we were an award recipient; it underscores the fact that nonprofits are the “real heroes.” They do all … 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

American Association of Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD) 2016 Conference

Author: Chuck Colston

Last June, I attended the American Association of Intellectual Disabilities (AAIDD) Annual Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia is commonly referred to as the “Peach State.” Of course I made sure that I took in some southern cuisine that included a bowl of delicious peach cobbler. After dinner, I drove by the birth home of … Continued

Join the Conversation: An Anti-Stigma Campaign

Author: Nicholas Randell

Just a few days ago, Chuck and I stopped off for a celebration at a downtown Buffalo restaurant. The celebration toasted almost two years of hard work from a coalition of Erie County-based behavioral health providers, agencies, and funders. The group had come together to respond to the negative perceptions that so many continue to … Continued

Dandelions are Flowers, Not Weeds

Author: Dawn Pytlik

Like dandelion seeds, our four main funding categories – mental health, substance abuse, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities – have most likely drifted into your life, affecting either someone you know or someone in your own family. One of these seeds floated into my life fourteen years ago. My twin sister, who was pregnant at … 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

Cradle Beach Respite Weekend

Author: Nicholas Randell

It is hard to beat a site visit for connecting with the vital work that our grantees do.  But they are not always as fun as the one I made to the Cradle Beach respite weekend on a chilly Saturday morning this March. Cradle Beach is best known for its inclusive summer camp sessions, but … Continued