The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces Addition of Buffalo-based Elizabeth Woike-Ganga to Board of Trustees

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces New Staff Hires in 2022

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation today announced the addition of five new staff members in 2022. The new hires include two new program associates: Connie Kuo and Kate Partington; a communications associate: Mercedes Pergande; a senior learning officer: Liz Gordillo; and a grants management & operations assistant: Nena Taormino. These new hires bring the Foundation’s full-time staff total to 24 employees. The Foundation […]


The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Announces New Program Committee Members

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation today announced the appointment of Monique Wells and Dr. Thomasina R. Stenhouse as non-trustee members of the Foundation’s Program Committee. The committee, currently comprised of the Foundation’s three life trustees and three at-large trustees, reviews grant requests and provides strategic direction for the Foundation’s programmatic investments prior to final board […]


Request for Qualifications: Summative Evaluation of Parks, Trails & Green Design (PTGD) Focus Area

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation seeks to contract a firm or team of evaluators to conduct a summative evaluation of the Foundation’s Parks, Trails, and Green Design (PTGD) focus area. The objectives of the evaluation are 1) to document the grantmaking and non-grantmaking processes to date and analyze the associated outcomes of those efforts; and 2) to develop an evaluation plan to continue monitoring the progress of PTGD initiatives, including identifying metrics to measure outcomes…


Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative, Announces 12 New Grantees for 2022 Program Spanning Local Western New York Counties and Washtenaw County, MI

The program will bring together teams of local organizations to create respite opportunities for family caregivers of older adults

BUFFALO, NY, September 6, 2022 – Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative, which funds innovative collaborative projects that are reimagining and increasing respite opportunities for family caregivers of older adults, announced today that 12 new grantees have been selected to kick-off its 2022 program. The grantees include Western New York’s Catholic Health Continuing Care Foundation, YMCA Buffalo Niagara, Cradle Beach, Inc., Healthy Alternatives Through Healings Arts (HAHA), Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, American Cancer Society, St. John’s Home Foundation, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., United Way of Orleans County along with Regents of the University of Michigan – Silver Club, Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels and Chelsea Senior Center, which are based in Washtenaw County, MI.


Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy, City of Buffalo, and Partners Break Ground on Future Ralph Wilson Park on Buffalo’s Waterfront 

 $110 million of collaborative investment to fulfill community’s vision to transform the former LaSalle Park into a one-of-a-kind, world-class park serving all .

Phase I Construction includes a signature pedestrian bridge for improved access, ball field improvements and shoreline rehabilitation of the inlet area.


Buffalo Together Community Response Fund Announces Efforts to Address Community Need after Jefferson Avenue Tragedy

The Buffalo Together Community Response Fund, established in the wake of the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting at the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue earlier this month, will begin to distribute initial support to 70 Black-led organizations that have a meaningful and long-term presence in the community, and that are working on the front lines to address urgent community need in the aftermath of the tragedy. Approximately $560,000 in grants ranging from $5,000 – $20,000 will begin to be distributed in the coming days.


Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Partners Break Ground on Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park – Transformational 22-Acre Park on West Riverfront Designed for All

  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park will dramatically transform the Detroit Riverfront into one of the most beautiful public spaces in the country and is a major step forward in the Conservancy’s goal of developing 5.5 miles of revitalized riverfront
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy receives $7 million in new support for Ralph Wilson Park; DTE Energy Foundation announces $2.5 million gift

Ralph Wilson Gateway and Trail open on Belle Isle

DNR and partners complete southern trailhead for Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail and break ground on new Eugene & Elaine C. Driker Trail.

Representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation gathered today on Belle Isle for the ribbon-cutting of the first phase of the Ralph Wilson Gateway and Trail. The ceremony also celebrated the launch of construction for the new Eugene and Elaine C. Driker Trail on the east end of the Detroit island park.


Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Establishes $10 Million Endowment at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo for Trails Maintenance Fund in WNY

Funds are part of Foundation’s $100 million Parks & Trails initiative launched in 2018.