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How to support the Buffalo community

The Arizona Community Foundation is saddened by the mass shooting that targeted the Black community at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York this past weekend. We condemn any actions that undermine our commitment to safe and inclusive communities.

If you would like to support the Buffalo community, we ask that you consider donating to one of the following organizations supporting the victims and their families:

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County: Comprised of local philanthropic organizations, this collaborative effort is built upon a collective desire to take action and to work to address immediate needs in the Buffalo community, long-term community rebuilding, and systemic issues that have marginalized communities of color. While still in the early stages of development, the group will listen and learn from communities of color to develop specific guiding principles and processes for directing the fund's resources.

  • Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund: For those looking to directly support the survivors, Tops, in partnership with the National Compassion Fund, has established the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund to provide financial assistance to the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy.
  • Buffalo Together Community Response Fund: The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, in partnership with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and dozens of philanthropic partners, has initiated a coordinated philanthropic response to listen and respond to the broader community needs in the coming weeks and months.

Black Love Resists in the Rust: Black Love Resists in the Rust provides mental health services and access to fresh foods in the Buffalo, New York area.

Every Bottom Covered: Every Bottom Covered ensures underserved families receive clean basic hygiene supplies. They inform, engage and mobilize the community to take action and raise funds that support the provision of necessary resources and programs to uplift one another and create opportunities that enrich us, one and another.

Feed More WNY: Feed More WNY provides nutritious food, friendship and skills training to Western New York neighbors in need.

National Action Network: National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.

The National Compassion Fund: The National Compassion Fund provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime, such as a shooting or terrorist attack. It was developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime in partnership with victims and family members from past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and 9/11.

Rooted in Love: Works to provide the people in the Western New York Community, who are homeless/less fortunate or those who find themselves in need from time to time, with fresh produce, nonperishable food items, and personal care hygiene items free of cost. Their roots are to be a beacon of light within the community and sharing good will with the ‘City of Good Neighbors.’

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