Our Mission

Founded in 1995, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a privately funded organization whose mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for Western New York children by helping low-income families afford the cost of private K-12 schools.

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund partners with The Children’s Scholarship Fund

In the spring of 1999, the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund commenced a partnership with the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) ), a national K-8 scholarship organization established by the late Ted Forstmann (co-founder and senior partner of Forstmann Little & Co.) and the late John Walton (former director of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.). 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 $6.3 million into the WNY community allowing us to serve significantly more children.

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