“I still get a thrill visiting a BISON school and seeing those faces filled with hope.”

Thomas R. Beecher, Jr.

BISON is an excellent steward of the funds they receive. As evidenced by the sixth consecutive year of a 4 out of 4-star designation by Charity Navigator, BISON continues to strive in efficiency.  Less than 7% of charities nationwide achieve this remarkable ranking!

Betsy & John Sullivan

Giving all of our children an opportunity to learn is one of the most important goals of our society. It is through education and learning that we all have choices in life. Choices to prosper and help each other. 

Lisa & Bill Huntress

Change the world – one child at a time.

Why give?

Buffalo is on the verge of a great renaissance; however, our continued success is contingent upon our next generation of leaders.

Supporting BISON is a great investment – perhaps the best investment you can make in our community. Educated communities tend to be healthier, more productive, and more stable. It is because of this that we believe BISON’s mission is as important as ever. We are especially grateful to our supporters who understand the importance of our mission.

With over 90% of our budget directly program-related funding 1,800 children at 70 diverse schools across Western New York, BISON is a unique and quality investment in our city’s future. When you make a gift to the BISON Fund, your dollars go directly to scholarships that help students attend quality and safe schools.

The BISON Fund is proud to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating (4 star) for our efficiency and transparency! This is the 8th consecutive year that BISON has earned this top distinction, validating that our donor dollars directly support our mission of providing tuition assistance to low-income children in a fiscally responsible way. This “exceptional” designation differentiates the BISON Fund from our peers and demonstrates to the public BISON’s commitment to WNY’s future leaders is ingrained in everything we do and represents the top 5% of rated charities nationwide.

The BISON Fund is honored to be a partner of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), a national K-8 scholarship organization. CSF matches contributions to BISON ($1 for every $4 contributed). Gifts to BISON are matched, first by CSF, then by the scholarship families, highly leveraging your investment. Since 1999, CSF has invested nearly $5 million into the WNY community.


Ways to give


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Please make check payable to:
“The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund”

Please mail check to:
The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund
Attn: Amy E. Popadick
284 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Stock or wire transfer:

Please contact Amy E. Popadick at 716.854.0869 or apopadick@bisonfund.com to request instructions.

Planned Gifts:

There are many ways to provide for future donations to BISON. We can work with your attorney or tax advisor to find the giving solution that best meets your needs. Please contact Amy E. Popadick at 716.854.0869 or apopadick@bisonfund.com.

Corporate Giving & Matching Gifts:

Besides a direct contribution to fund BISON scholarships, there are several ways to get involved with BISON:

  • Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees. For more information, please inquire with your company. BISON Federal Tax ID#: 16-1477288
  • Sponsor a BISON Scholar outing such as a field trip to a local museum or baseball game
  • Be a fundraising event sponsor
  • Organize a volunteer day for your employees, or
  • Have one of your business executives join a BISON board.

For more information, please contact Amy E. Popadick at 716.854.0869 or apopadick@bisonfund.com.

United Way:

The BISON Fund is eligible to receive donor designated funds through the United Way. BISON’s code is 1299.

Donor Privacy Policy

The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by a community of committed donors who are passionate about education. Your donation is tax deductible and every cent of every dollar donated goes directly to helping these children get the education they deserve.

Change the world – one child at a time.

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