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The Tower Foundation is a family foundation that supports and collaborates with nonprofit organizations and community partners that share our mission of helping children, adolescents, and young people affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health issues, and substance use disorders. Our work is focused in Western New York and Eastern Massachusetts, areas that are important to the Tower family.

In keeping with the Tower Family’s original vision, we believe that every young person deserves a chance to reach their highest potential and a chance to overcome barriers to their version of success. We know that many of the individuals who are impacted by these issues are often overlooked and stigmatized, creating additional challenges.

We see our role as more than just a funder. In addition to financial support, we help organizations build their capacity to help people, we create connections between collaborators and resources, and we leverage our assets with other funders. Our goal is to make the greatest possible impact on young people striving to achieve their own definition of success.

Our Mission

As grantmaker, partner, and advocate, the Tower Foundation strengthens organizations and works to change systems to improve the lives of young people with learning disabilities, mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities.

Our Vision

The Tower Foundation envisions equitable communities where all young people are included, accepted, and valued; and are confident in themselves.

Our Values

The Tower Foundation values:

  • Diverse Voices – We listen to and learn from those with different points of view and perspectives. We seek to be proximate with the communities we serve – continually engaging in respectful conversation and incorporating what we hear into our work.
  • Collaboration – We understand that in order to make progress, we must build relationships with our partners and share knowledge, resources, expertise, and strategies.
  • Innovation – We embrace change and are willing to take risks, recognizing the potential for transformative effect. We look for opportunities to try new and creative strategies and encourage others to do the same.
  • Perseverance – We recognize that change work can be slow and challenging. We are committed to the long-term improvement of organizations and communities.