Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Inc.

In 1978, Eugene Struckoff, a national expert on community foundations, was invited by a group of concerned citizens to investigate the possibility of endowing a community foundation for Jamestown and the surrounding area. Mr. Struckoff concluded that, although the area was smaller than what was normally desired to support a community foundation, the resident's support of existing charitable organizations led him to believe that such an effort would survive and grow.

Armed with Mr. Struckoff's findings, the initial steering committee approached the Gebbie Foundation for assistance. After reviewing the facts, the Gebbie Foundation pledged $300,000 to seed the newest member of the Jamestown foundation family.

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Assets and Giving for Chautauqua Region Community Foundation


2019 - 110,976,451
2018 - 92,728,451
2017 - 100,375,389
Domestic Grants

2019 - 3,607,444
2018 - 3,265,959


Recent News from Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Fund Supporting Media Arts Seeks To Inspire Local Art Students
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

When Aaron Perez died in 2023 at the age of 38, he left behind a legacy that now includes an award in his name for a student in the media arts at New York's Jamestown Community College. Perez, a...more

Kudos To Committee Members Working To Finish Underground Railroad Tableau
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Those interested should reach out to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. This is a project that should be completed. Newsletter....more

Elite Kreations Partners With The Suicide Prevention Alliance Of Chautauqua County
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

... Community Foundation. Money is used for mental health and suicide prevention programs, including training, awareness events, school...more

Rebecca Ann Capitano Award Carries On Legacy
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

When Rebecca Ann Capitano died in a car accident in 2023 at the age of 24, she left behind a legacy that her family and friends hope will live on. The Buffalo News reports the 24-year-old's...more

Fundraiser To Honor Memory Of Local Musician | News, Sports, Jobs - Post Journal
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Peggy Rothwell and Brenda Rissel said the family has recently begun working with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to set up a fund...more

Harry Brown
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Harry Brown, 75, of Jamestown, NY, died July 28. He was the son of Clifford and Leota Brown and served in the US Army from 1967 to 1969. He was awarded Good Conduct and National Defense...more

Jcc Board Recognizes Former Trustee for Years of Service
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Gebbie Foundation

After more than 20 years on the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees, Lillian Vitanza Ney has decided it's time to move on. "I had a big birthday and I thought it was an appropriate time...more

Community Foundation Provides Funding For Falconer Region | News, Sports, Jobs - Post Journal
Foundation: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation recently awarded grants to 12 organizations in the Falconer region thanks to funding from the...more

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