Our mission is to improve the health and health care of the people and communities of western and central New York.

Based in Buffalo, NY with a second office in Syracuse, NY, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is an independent private foundation that serves 16 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York, as well as Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties in central New York.

Our vision is that older adults lead a dignified, independent, high quality life in their community; all young children impacted by poverty are physically, socially and emotionally healthy as they enter kindergarten; and our communities are able to plan for and meet the health needs of the most vulnerable.

To achieve outcomes that last, we work together with our community partners to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable programs that make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young children and older adults in our regions.


From our early years to where we are today, find out how we’ve evolved and grown as a foundation

Our work:


Improves the quality of life for the most vulnerable people


Builds skills and capacity to sustain long-term improvements


Uses data and evidence


Reflects innovation and creativity


Involves working closely with community partners


Represents an environmental and systems perspective

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Contributes to health care and philanthropic dialogues in the region, state and nation


Supports effective advocacy and policy change