It takes a village!

In the spring of 1999, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund commenced a partnership with the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) and became part of CSF’s national network of scholarship granting organizations. CSF and its partner programs are committed to empowering families in need with the ability to choose the K-8 schools that best meet their children’s needs, regardless of their ability to pay or where they live.

Through BISON’s partnership with CSF, donations received can be matched. For every $4 donated, CSF matches another $1, bringing the total to $5 to help WNY children, highly leveraging your investment. Since 1999, CSF has invested nearly $5 million into the WNY community allowing us to serve significantly more children.

To learn more about the Children’s Scholarship Fund, click here

Presidents Council

The President’s Council is BISON’s next generation of leaders. They are young professionals who are concerned about our education system and are passionate about BISON’s mission that children have the best chance at a bright future when families have a choice in selecting the education that best fits their child’s needs.

The President’s Council seeks to raise awareness about BISON’s work; financially support BISON scholarships; and provide additional learning and mentoring activities for BISON Scholars.

Tess Alberts
Eric Mower & Associates

Katie Coffey
U.S. Energy Development Corp.

Dan Greene
43North

Jamie Lockhart
Lawley

Nicole Neary
M&T Bank

Mike Popadick
Cobham

Jessica Smith
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

Benjamin White
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman

Amanda Zafur
LoTempio Law Group

Kristen Amigone
Amigone Funeral Home

Ryan Ganzenmuller
Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens

Siobhan Hanley
Wilmington Trust

Kristin Lonergan
Key Bank

Mai Nguyen
M&T Bank

Jenna Regan
Performance Management Partners

Zach Specht
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Lizzie White
Buffalo Public School

Benjamin Burge
Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham

Abbie Gowen
Lawley

Mary Beth Lamparelli
Zaepfel Development

William Miller
Bill Miller Law

Andrew Pitt
Szymkowiak & Associates

Kevin Sheehan
M&T Bank

Kelley Van Ness
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Nick Williams
OSC

To get involved with the President’s Council, please email Amy E. Popadick  or call 716.854.0869

Local Partnerships

The BISON Fund partners with members of our community in a variety of ways to help raise +  money and awareness for BISON!  Some ways to get involved with the BISON Fund include:

  • Sponsor a Student
  • Visit a BISON Fund partner school
  • Volunteer at a BISON partner school
  • Host an event for BISON
  • “Donate” your special occasion
  • Use a special occasion to inspire others to give
  • Instead of a traditional gift, ask loved ones to donate to BISON
  • Do something physical like run a marathon, bike, swim all to raise money for BISON
  • Become a BISON Fund Intern

For more information on how you can get involved or to share your own idea, please contact Amy Popadick