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New York Bar Foundation awards grants

Sixty-four organizations across New York state have received grants totaling $390,000, The New York Bar Foundation has announced.

“The foundation’s grant program assists non-profit organizations with the front-page issues of our communities,” said President Cristine Cioffi. “The Foundation is pleased to provide financial support that will benefit children and adults throughout New York state, but there is much more that can be done.”

Grants support programs that provide legal services to children in foster care, domestic abuse survivors, immigrants, the elderly and veterans. Funding comes from contributions by lawyers, law firms, corporations and others. One hundred percent of their donations are awarded to beneficiary organizations.

“The collective impact of the foundation’s donors complements the efforts of local organizations by providing representation of underserved, vulnerable people in need, and support for legal education that might otherwise not be available,” said Lucia B. Whisenand, chair of The Foundation’s Grant Committee.

Grantees include the Center for Youth Services; Empire Justice Center; Hillside Children’s Foundation; Legal Aid Society of Rochester; Legal Assistance of Western New York; Lifespan of Greater Rochester; Partnership for Ontario County; and Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County in the Seventh Judicial District.

Also Child and Adolescent Treatment Services; Genesee County CASA for Children; Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo; Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York; and Wyoming County Youth Bureau in the Eighth Judicial District.

To learn more about the foundation and supporting its charitable programs, go to, call (518) 487-5651 or email [email protected]