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

President’s 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.

Kristen Amigone-Sfeir
Amigone Funeral Home

Will Ciszewski
Hodgson Russ LLP

Tess Flynn
Mower

Jacqueline Murphy
M&T Bank

Jenna Regan
Performance Management Partners, Inc.

Sammy Sortisio
Praxiis Capital Markets, LLC

Kelley Van Ness
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Cara Austin
National Fuel Gas

Mary Beth Clabeaux
Lamparelli Construction

Nick Ingrassia
Gross Shuman P.C.

Thea Pecht
Catholic Health

Erin Schieb
AXA Advisors

Zach Specht
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Ben Burge
Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham

Katie Coffey
U.S. Energy Development Corp.

Amanda Meyers
Moses Insurance

Andrew Pitt
Szymkowiak & Associates

Jessica Smith
ECMC

Harry Steinwald
M&T Bank

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