"Schools at a Crossroads: Interviews with Buffalo School Board Candidates" airs Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and The Buffalo News are collaborating to present a series of in-depth, individual interviews with candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education. "Schools at a Crossroads: Interviews with Buffalo School Board Candidates" will air Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and be rebroadcast Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. The program will air on WNED-TV leading up to the election and the interview segments will be available on wbfo.org and buffalonews.com.

Published in Press Room
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:34

HSBC Water Programme



HSBC Water Programme - companion to "If Our Water Could Talk"

For HSBC, being sustainable means managing our business across the world for the long term. That means achieving sustainable profits for our shareholders, building long-lasting relationships with customers, valuing our highly committed employees, respecting environmental limits and investing in communities.

Protecting and preserving the environment is a key focus of our philanthropic and volunteer efforts. We are committed to finding ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce our impact on the environment and make our communities healthier places to live. We support varied initiatives and organizations that focus on environmental policy development, public awareness and education, and scientific research to improve the sustainability and resilience of eco-systems. 

Water is critical to eco-systems, and water is a huge and growing global challenge. It is essential to all human activity and a fundamental driver of socio-economic growth but, as a resource, it is under strain from population growth, development and climate change. It is because water is vital to building healthy communities and developing national economies that HSBC has chosen to invest its time and resources in the HSBC Water Programme. Launched in 2012 and backed by an investment of US$100 million over five years, the HSBC Water Programme is a partnership with three NGOs – WWF (World Wildlife Fund), WaterAid and Earthwatch. The programme will benefit communities in need and provide information for more efficient management of vital freshwater resources. To learn more, visit thewaterhub.org.


Published in Water Talk

WNED ǀ WBFO Media Contact: Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
(716) 845.7155 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


WNED ǀ WBFO to Begin Multifaceted Initiative Focusing on Area Waterways
“If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources.  WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.

“Very few cities in our country have the rich waterfront heritage that Buffalo is fortunate to have,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The goal of this initiative is to bring vital topics of information and conversation surrounding water resources to the forefront.”

“If Our Water Could Talk” will include a television documentary and additional discussion on WNED-TV airing Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m., radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, educational materials, an extensive companion website and community engagement. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues including conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development and economic growth.

“Our water defined our history and it will define our future,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking area water photos from the public to possibly be used in the upcoming television event and on the project website, wned.org/ifourwatercouldtalk. Photos can be submitted through social media using the hashtag #wnywater.

“People love the renaissance,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of Buffalo River Fest Park, LLC.
“Everybody’s got a new hope for Buffalo and it’s all about water.”

Funding for “If Our Water Could Talk” is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance.


Facebook: Send your best photos of area waterways for WNED ǀ WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk” using the hashtag #wnywater!  http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

Twitter:  Send your best photos of area waterways for @WNEDTV ǀ @WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk!” Use the hashtag #wnywater http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

Published in Water Press
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:19

Capital Campaign Administrator

      Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

WNED is currently accepting applications for the position of Capital Campaign Administrator.  The job description is attached.  Interested applicants may submit cover letter & resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR mail to: WNED HR Dept., 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202.  WNED is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Position Title:  Capital Campaign Administrator         

Reports to:   Sr. Vice President for Development & Corporate Communications

Status:  Full-Time, Exempt

Date:    March 2014


Responsible for all administrative functions related to Capital Campaign with expected duration of 3-5 years. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Overall Capital Campaign administration and organization including prospect tracking, task assignment and maintenance of timelines.
  •  Scheduling meetings, preparing talking points, assembling presentations, and preparing materials for Campaign Cabinet and Campaign staff meetings in Western New York and Southern Ontario. Maintaining master Capital Campaign Calendar.
  •  Overseeing acknowledgement of all Capital Campaign gifts and pledges. Managing and/or creating Capital Campaign correspondence including meeting requests, scheduling and meeting action items. Assisting in the creation and editing of cover letters and proposals for individual donor prospects. Drafting and sending thank you letters to donors to the Capital Campaign, with live signatures from appropriate volunteer leaders.
  • Organizing and monitoring Campaign Cabinet assignments and follow-up, and assisting in all aspects of high-level volunteer-led activities.
  • Support Campaign Cabinet as they conduct lead gift cultivation and solicitation activities through communication, coordination and attending strategy meetings when appropriate.
  • Attend Campaign Cabinet meetings in Western New York and Southern Ontario, as well as creating and distributing meeting minutes. 
  • Update spreadsheets/prospect lists with information regarding each strategy and outcome of cultivation and solicitation activities. 
  • Compile Campaign solicitation packets with cover letters, proposals, pledge cards, named opportunities and other associated documents.
  • Provide coordination and administration of Campaign events.
  • Assist with the administration of donor stewardship programs including named opportunities/acknowledgments.
  • Assist in the management, organization and maintenance of all confidential donor records.
  • Research prospective donors to the Capital Campaign in Southern Ontario.
  • Create all Capital Campaign reports [i.e. for pending & realized gifts, budget tracking, status updates, etc.].
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Seasoned, responsible, focused individual, with outstanding organizational skills and high level of accuracy.
  • Excellent written, verbal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent phone etiquette.
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, strategic and professional.
  • Experience managing timelines.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience in and knowledge of Capital Campaigns and/or Fundraising Development.
  • Social media and on-line fundraising experience.
  • Experience working with confidential donor data.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Flexibility in work hours.
Published in Jobs

 Bugs Bunny?  Founding member Bill Kanengiser explains to WNED's Peter Hall some sources of inspiration for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet 's unique sound.  The LAGQ comes to SUNY Fredonia's Rosch Recital Hall for a Masterclass on Thursday and a formal concert Friday, April 4th at 8pm.

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