Press Releases

Discover the latest press releases for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr Foundation.

October 17, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces $200 Million Investment in Parks & Trails Initiative

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces $200 Million Investment in Parks & Trails Initiative The gift honors the Foundation’s namesake, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr, on the 100th anniversary of his birth and celebrates his legacy in the communities he was most devoted to. The funds will be split evenly, dedicating $100 million to each region […]

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September 6, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces STEM 2035 Cohort

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced its cohort for STEM 2035, a $5.5-million initiative through which grant funding and technical assistance will be provided to existing afterschool and summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs in Western New York and Southeast Michigan.

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April 3, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Expands its Opportunity to Impact Caregivers with $4 million Investment and Partnerships with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Expands its Opportunity to Impact Caregivers with $4 million Investment and Partnerships with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York RCWJRF provides $2 million grant to each organization to endow new Program Officer positions focused on strategies and program to support caregivers […]

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March 19, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces STEM 2035

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces STEM 2035 Beginning today, the Foundation is requesting applications to support afterschool and summer science, technology, engineering and math programs for youth in grades 6-12

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March 15, 2018

MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge Launches in North America, in Collaboration with Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

MIT’s 2018 Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) Launches in North America; Over $1 Million to be Awarded to Organizations Reinventing the Future of Work CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 15, 2018 – Today, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) announced that it will expand the global reach of its Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Collaborating with the Ralph […]

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March 1, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Launches Built to Play Initiative to Provide More Opportunities for Kid-Driven Free Play Across Western New York and Southeast Michigan

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation (RCWJRF) today announced Built to Play, an initiative designed to give children and youth across Western New York and Southeast Michigan more opportunities for free play through the creation of new, interactive public play spaces. To fund and operate the initiative, the Foundation will invest up to $5 million in each region

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December 4, 2017

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces Vision for a Center for Nonprofit Support in Detroit

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces Vision for a Center for Nonprofit Support in Detroit TechTown, Michigan Nonprofit Association and Community Wealth Partners to ‘build out’ the Center’s operations and early services   Detroit, MI (December 4, 2017) – Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced its plans today to develop and pilot a yet-to-be-named Center […]

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October 19, 2017

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Highlights 2017 Grants-to-Date

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Highlights 2017 Grants-to-Date Foundation has committed nearly $24 million in grants across 40 organizations impacting its four areas of focus   Detroit, MI /Buffalo, NY (Oct. 19, 2017) – Just one year after the launch of its official grant application portal, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation today highlighted nearly […]

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August 23, 2017

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and First Niagara Foundation Partner to Strengthen and Grow Mentoring across Western New York

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and First Niagara Foundation Partner to Strengthen and Grow Mentoring across Western New York $2.4 million grant to support collaborative of nine mentoring programs in the region   Buffalo, N.Y. (Aug. 23, 2017) – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the First Niagara Foundation, in partnership with KeyBank, […]

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June 29, 2017

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo unveil ‘State of Play’ report on youth sports in the region

More than 1,000 local voices informed Aspen Institute analysis, which reveals the bright spots, gaps and opportunities to get more kids in the game

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