The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has made our endowment a priority, supporting the preservation of our orchestra for generations to come. Our endowment was established with “The Best for Buffalo,” a campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This campaign was followed by the Secure the Future & Crescendo campaigns, major campaigns that brought the BPO’s endowment past the $50 million mark, strengthening Buffalo’s musical movement and helping to transform the BPO into a world-class institution right here in Western New York.

AJL Fund
Lawrence M. Appleby Fund at the CFGB
Cameron Baird Fund
Benderson BPO Endowment Fund
Virgil A. and Margaret L. Black Memorial Fund
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc. Endowment Fund
Philip & Joyce Celniker Fund
Irwin H. Cheskin Fund at the CFGB
Mildred Bork Conners & Joseph E. Conners Fund
Grace Neff Daniels Memorial
Anne Catt Filer Fund at the CFGB
Howard F. Gondree Fund
Joan Hetzelt Hanifin Memorial Fund
D. Bruce and Gail Johnstone Fund at the CFGB
The Herbert & Ella Knight Family Charitable Fund
John and Carol Kociela Fund at the CFGB
Janet K. Larkin & John D. Larkin III Fund
Albert H. Laub Bequest
Donald I. MacDavid Charitable Trust
Marie A. Marshall Fund
MPZ Endowment Fund
Mary Louise Olmsted Fund
Susan Harvey Prentis Fund
Margaret Frank Rofot Charitable Lead Trust
Natalie Kubera Roth Fund
Martin and Barbara Schechtman
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
William Kenneth Schmitt Fund
Dr. & Mrs. Roy E. Seibel Philanthropic Fund
Joseph and Loretta Swart Fund
Nellie B. Warner Endowment Fund
Charlotte Potter Whitcher Trust

Crescendo Campaign (2013-2017)

The Crescendo Campaign was a fundraising initiative that helped us raise over $32.5 million. This campaign designated $10 million to the Next Generation Education Fund to support key growth strategies for our education programs.

$2,500,000 +
Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation
Carol & Angelo Fatta
John & Carolyn Yurtchuk

$1,000,000 – $2,499,999
Anthony J. & Barbara Cassetta
Cullen Foundation
Constance Greco
Joan* and Wilfred J.* Larson
Bradford Lewis, Ph.D.
M&T Bank
Joseph and Carole Sedita
The Stenclik Family
Tower Family Fund
Jim & Michal Wadsworth

$500,000 – $999,999
Anonymous (4)
Catherine M. & Paul William* Beltz
Fund for Artistic Excellence and Innovation
Estate of Richard Garman
Estate of Marie Marshall
Montgomery Family Foundation
Moog, Inc.

$250,000 – $499,999
Anonymous (3)
The Baird Foundation
Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio Charitable Trust
Estate of Bishop Hines, Jr.
John & Maureen Hurley
Carl & Carol Montante/Uniland Development

$100,000 – $249,999
Cindy Abbott Letro & Francis Letro
Clement & Karen Arrison
Jerry* and Barbara Castiglia
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Mr.* & Mrs.* John Drenning
Patricia and William Frederick
Hodgson Russ
Monte Hoffman
Mr. Philip H. Hubbell in memory of Jayne T. Hubbell
Martha & Tom Hyde
Rosalind and Michael Kochmanski
Father Russell Newbert
Sanford and Margery Nobel
Ms. Betty Schultz
Drs. Stephen and Monica Spaulding
Steve & Nicole Swift
Estate of Betty Ann Withrow

$25,000 – $99,999
Anonymous (7)
Doug Bean and Elisa Kreiner
James & Linda Beardi
The Family of William and Ida Christie
Dr. Sebastian* & Marilyn Ciancio
Estate of William Clarkson
Estate of Ruth Cohen
Rev. Raymond G. Corbin
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Eliopoulos
JoAnn Falletta & Robert Alemany
Judy Fisher
Estate of Susie Flickinger
Susan Grelick
Daniel & Barbara Hart
Mr. and Mrs. George G. Herbert
Dorea Holmes
The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc
Estate of Margaret Martin
Estate of David Menzel
Marrano/Marc Equity Corporation
Mrs. Susan Potter
Estate of Evelyn Ramsdell
Mr. Samuel Savarino
George G. & Elizabeth G. Smith Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Tzetzo
Vogt Family Foundation
Estate of Bernard Wakefield
Mr. John Walsh III, in memory of Constance Walsh
Wayne* and Janet Wisbaum, in honor of Louis Ciminelli and Ange Fatta

Gifts under $25,000 (267)


Secure the Future (2005-2008)

The Secure the Future campaign brought the orchestra’s endowment from $7 million to $32 million. In addition to the $100,000+ Secure the Future donors listed below, we also gratefully acknowledge the many donors with gifts under $100,000.

$1,000,000 +
The John R. Oishei Foundation
The Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation
Charles Balbach
Angelo and Carol Fatta
Peter* and Elizabeth* Tower
The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
Elizabeth and John Angelbeck
Louis P. Ciminelli Family Foundation
The Garman Family Foundation
The Koessler Family
M&T Bank and Anonymous Friends of the Bank

$500,000 – $999,999
Clement and Karen Arrison
Margaret W. Henry Trust
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Skerker
Jim and Michal Wadsworth, as trustees of the Mulroy, Heath, and Colby Foundations
The Baird Foundation
Benderson Family Foundation and Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems
Anthony J. and Barbara Cassetta
Sally and Don Dussing
Inez Koop Estate
Carl and Carol Montante

$100,000 – $499,999
Gary and Willow Brost
The Buffalo News
Jerry* and Barbara Castiglia
Anthony J.* & Carmela M. Colucci
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Charles* and Nancy* Dowdell
Neil* and Doris* Farmelo
Mr.* & Mrs. John B. Fisher
Mr.* and Mrs.* Peter B. Flickinger
Ruth Geiger Estate
Gordon* and Gretchen* Gross
Grigg-Lewis Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. George G. Herbert
Bruce and Gail Johnstone
The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.
The Patrick P. Lee Foundation
Moog Inc.
Phyllis W. Pierce Charitable Lead Annuity Trust
Western New York Foundation
Wayne* and Janet Wisbaum