We are partnering with community development initiatives in BuffaloColumbus and San Antonio to improve the quality of schools for kids and, at the same time, build job and parenting skills for their parents.

  • Launching a financial coaching pilot program for parents in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.
  • Linking data from various public systems — such as schools, housing and labor — in San Antonio to accurately track outcomes for neighborhood kids and their families.
  • Bringing together local partners in Ohio to develop a vision and goals for their community and determine how best to serve children and their parents.

Providing grants, staff support and consulting to established local initiatives already improving outcomes and conditions for kids and families in high-poverty neighborhoods to:

From the Blog

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood's Caitlin Lenihan Talks Family-Centered Work

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood’s Caitlin Lenihan Talks Family-Centered Work

Caitlin Lenihan, director of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood's Two-Generation Programs, shares her thoughts on employing a family-centered approach. In this post, she discusses why listening to parents is important, why specific training is necessary and how her organization's family-centered practice has evolved over time.

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With support from the Foundation, Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development has expanded its offering of evidence-based programs designed to promote positive youth development to communities that want to implement rigorously reviewed programs but cannot find one that fits their particular needs. 

Our Partners on the Ground


M&T Bank, the Westminster Foundation and others lead this public-private partnership to revitalize a northeast Buffalo neighborhood of about 12,300 residents. 

San Antonio

This initiative, led by United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and the San Antonio Housing Authority, focuses on a neighborhood just south of downtown that is home to nearly 18,000 residents.


Two families share why they live in Weinland Park — a Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood at the center of a local community change initiative.