NCCF welcomes new LED Coordinator
Please join the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation as we welcome Jamie Thompson in her role as Coordinator for the Local Economic Development Initiative (LED). She will provide management support for the LED Committee. This volunteer committee is comprised of local business leaders working together to support NCCF’s vision of a northern Chautauqua Region with a vibrant economy, providing excellent opportunities for investment and employment.

Scholarship Opportunity for Foster Children
Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to announce that a new scholarship is available for Chautauqua County residents. The Rev. Clifford K. Cliver and Lucy Cliver Sumsky Scholarship is designed to assist Chautauqua County continuing education students who have been in foster care.

NCCF Announces Community Grants Deadline
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) will be accepting “Letters of Interest” to their Community Benefit Grant program until March 1, 2015.



NCCF Videos
2014 NCCF Footprints Award
2014 NCCF Footprints Award
Learning to Save
Learning to Save
Learn from the beginning
2013 Footprints Award
2013 Footprints Award
Stephen & Susan Cobb
NCCF on Access Channel 5
NCCF on Access Channel 5
Reed Powers interview with NCCF's Diane Hannum and Ida Klahn
NCCF Philanthropy in Action
NCCF Philanthropy in Action
Celebrating NCCF's 25th Anniversary

 Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

                        . . . enriching the area in which we live and work. 


NCCF - Building a Brighter Future

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is a charitable organization created through gifts from many generous people. Community foundations operate in perpetuity, meaning the gifts made to the NCCF will continue to grow and provide resources for generations to come.

In addition, we identify current and emerging issues, stimulate resources to address those needs and help our community prepare for the future. Because our funds are held as endowments, contributions our donors make to  NCCF are never spent. Our grants and awards come from the interest or income of our earnings, guaranteeing that our donors make a difference for generations to come. 

Let us help YOU grow our community!

Applebee's Flapjack Breakfast & Basket Raffle Fundraiser

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is holding is 3rd Flapjack Breakfast & Basket Raffle Fundraiser on Saturday, March 28, at Applebee’s, 3908 Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk. The event includes a flapjack breakfast, “Be a Philanthropist” $250 grant contest, and a basket raffle. From 8 to 10 a.m., NCCF volunteers will be “serving up short stacks of pancakes for a TALL cause.” Tickets for the breakfast are $5 each. The Basket Raffle tickets are $1 for 1 ticket or 10 tickets for $5. This fundraiser supports the NCCF Service Learning Mini-Grants Program that is offered in all Northern Chautauqua County school districts.

This program currently offers mini-grants to teachers in local school districts that encourage teaching and learning strategies that include meaningful community service for students. So far, four school districts have benefited from the Service Learning Mini-Grants totaling over $7,500 and impacting more than 700 students and community members. In addition, NCCF recently awarded 14 new grants to 6 school districts for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year.

NCCF is giving away eight free tickets for the Flapjack Fundraiser! Go to our Facebook page -  - complete the contest form. You must also LIKE the NCCF Facebook page and SHARE the contest post on your wall.

Upcoming Deadlines and Training


George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award

Nominations due March 26, 2015
Click here for more information.

Webinar Training

Project BICEP (Building Institutional Capacity and Engaging Partnerships) Social Media Webinar series available to all non profit organizations and is free of charge.

  • "How-To” Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits - March 17 - 1:00-2:15 p.m.
  • The Math and Science of Social Media: 20 Tips and Tricks - April 2 - 2:00-3:15 p.m.

All webinars are held at the SUNY Technology Incubator, located at 214 Central Avenue in Dunkirk. For more information or to register for the webinars, please contact Eileen Dunn, at 366-4892 or edunn@nccfoundation.org.

Foundation Directory Online Database Workshop

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, in partnership with the Anderson-Lee Library and the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System, is offering a free Foundation Directory Online Data Base training on Tuesday, March 10. The workshop will be held at Anderson-Lee Library at 43 Main Street in Silver Creek.

Two Sessions of the workshop will be offered.

Session 1 will be held from 9 - 10:30 a.m. for laptop users. Participants of Session 1 will be required to bring their own laptop computers.

Session 2 will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Computer Lab.  All participants will learn how to search for grant sources via the Foundation Directory Online database.  

The Foundation Directory Online Database is a fully searchable database which includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of grants recently awarded by the nation’s top funders.

Contact Eileen Dunn to reserve your seat at this important workshop, edunn@nccfoundation.org or by phone at 366-4892.
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