Friends and Supporters

When local leaders work together to build nonprofit governance in their communities, amazing things happen.

Strong and vibrant nonprofit leadership starts with the community.

BoardStrong applies a unique model to support better nonprofit governance practices. We work to build hardworking coalitions of regional funders, United Ways, chambers of commerce, higher education, and businesses who collaborate to foster a vibrant board recruitment culture in their communities. Often times, these organizations are already working on their own board recruitment initiatives – we just bring them together and use the BoardStrong platform as a way to unify their efforts and measure their progress on a local and regional scale.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of our cities and neighborhoods. Nonprofit board service is an amazing way for community members to give their time, talent and resources to support the greater good. Citizens often aren’t aware of board leadership opportunities, or if they are, don’t see themselves as “board material.” However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The more our community leaders raise awareness of the importance, and benefits, of board service, the more talented, dedicated and diverse candidates we will see lining up to dedicate their time and energy to a cause they believe in.

We are incredibly grateful to our friends and supporters for their continued enthusiasm for BoardStrong’s mission.

    Our Funders

    AEO Foundation
    Altman Foundation
    Central New York Community Foundation

    Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
    Council Services Plus
    First Nonprofit Foundation
    Mass Mutual
    New York Community Trust
    United Way of Greater Rochester

    Regional Advisory Councils

    Western New York

    Althea E. Luehrsen, Chair
    CEO, Leadership Buffalo

    Molly Anderson
    Executive Director, Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
    University at Buffalo School of Management

    Rachael Herrmann
    Learning & Development Consultant, Rich Products

    Carolyn Human
    Public Relations & Media Relations

    Alicia Dziak
    Communications Content Manager
    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

    Patricia Johnson
    CPA, CFE, Adjunct Faculty/Consultant

    Jennifer Pauly
    President, Niagara River Region

    Daphne Ross
    Say Yes Buffalo

    Annise Celano
    The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

    Karen Lee Spaulding
    Vice President of Philanthropic Support
    The John R. Oishei Foundation

    Jen Swan
    Executive Director, Arts Services Initiative of WNY

    Lynn Waclawek
    Assistant Vice President, M&T Bank

    Michael Weiner
    President & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

    Liz Zulawski
    President & CEO, Leadership Niagara

    Katie Pieri
    Director of the WNY Nonprofit Support Group

    Central New York

    Nancy Eaton, Chair
    President, United Way of Central New York, Inc.

    Rob Simpson
    President & CEO, CenterState

    Peter Dunn
    President & Ceo, Central New York Community Foundation

    Frank Ridzi
    VP, Central New York Community Foundation

    Jonathan Snow
    President, John Ben Snow Foundation

    Robert Falter
    Trustee, Dorothy & Marshall M. Reisman Foundation

    Karen Goetz
    Executive Director, Richard S. Shineman Foundation

    Pam Brunet
    Executive Director, Leadership Greater Syracuse

    Lisa Mondello
    VP of HR & Communications, SRC

    Karen Macier
    Executive Director, United Way of Cayuga County

    Jessica Wrench
    Education and Resource Coordinator, Leadership Cayuga

    Denise Laube
    Executive Director, United Way of Madison County

    Patrick Dewine
    Executive Director, United Way of Oswego County

    Christella Yonta
    Executive Director, United Way of Cortland


    Cicely Strickland-Ruiz, Chair
    COO, United Way of Greater Rochester

    Simeon Banister
    Rochester Area Community Foundation

    Holli Budd
    Farash Foundation

    Todd Butler
    Causewave Community Partners

    Carlos Carballada
    M&T Bank

    Kristina Dengler
    Bank of America

    Shannon Ealy
    Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

    Melinda Goldberg
    Council of Agency Execs

    Michelle Kraft
    United Way of Greater Rochester

    Nancy Lopez
    Community Leader

    Jacqueline Marciniak
    MVP Health Foundation

    Jaime Saunders
    United Way of Greater Rochester

    Joseph Searles
    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

    Holly Snow
    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

    Sheila Strong
    United Way of Greater Rochester

    Robert Thompson
    St. John Fisher College, Center for Community Engagement

    Greg Soehner
    East House, retired

    Gwen Van Laeken
    Leadership Rochester

    Janine Wagner
    United Way of Greater Rochester