Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

$250,000 Awarded to Wyoming County Health Care Programs Through the William F. Thiel Fund

Apr 19, 2017 | Posted in Home Page, News

William F. Thiel, a long-time philanthropist in Wyoming County, left a significant legacy through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation to benefit his community forever

The William F. Thiel Fund, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently granted a total of just over $250,000 to four Wyoming County nonprofit organizations in the health services sector for the 2017 grant cycle.

The nonprofit organizations to receive grants from the William F. Thiel Fund are as follows:

  • Geneseo Migrant Center $38,000
  • Spectrum Human Services $49,000
  • Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc. $55,338
  • Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation $107,885

The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment. Since the Community Foundation originally commissioned the Assessment in 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2.5 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updated the Assessment in 2012 and the most recent outcomes indicate that one in three Wyoming County residents have benefited from Thiel funding.

William F. Thiel was a long-time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to provide financial supports to Wyoming County Community Hospital and other health related community organizations throughout the County.

The William F. Thiel grants process opens annually in mid-November. For more information on the William F. Thiel granting process, please visit

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