$250,000 in funding from the William F. Thiel Fund benefits four county nonprofits
Four Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector were recently awarded a total of just over $250,000 in funding from the William F. Thiel Fund for the 2017 grant cycle. The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment.
• Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation -- $107,885;
• Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center Inc. -- $55,338;
• Geneseo Migrant Center -- $38,000; and
• Spectrum Human Services -- $49,000.
Since the Community Foundation For Greater Buffalo originally commissioned the Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2.5 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updated the Assessment in 2012 and the most recent outcomes indicate that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited from Thiel funding.
William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, he left a significant legacy to the residents of the county through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health-related community organizations throughout the county.
The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the granting process, visit www.cfgb.org/thiel.