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Giving Back Looking Forward

Advancing Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Excellence

Buffalo Toronto Public Media has concluded the Giving Back Looking Forward campaign successfully raising $9,021,771 from individuals, corporations and foundations. Thank you for supporting our mission to engage our communities through exploration and entertainment – everywhere.


Thank you to our Campaign Chair and Cabinet who led our efforts!


Karen Arrison, Campaign Chair


Campaign Cabinet

Don Boswell
Stephen Dunnett
Ken Friedman
Phillip Glick
Don Ingalls
Ron Luczak
Alphonso O’Neil White
Dennis Penman
Jenae Pitts
John Reinhold

The best thing about public media is our members. Individual donors made up 46.5% of our capital campaign contributions. Your support is the engine that keeps BTPM running strong. 

Securing the Future

Your generous support allowed Buffalo Toronto Public Media to continue our transition to a new digital age with content delivery on multiple platforms-wherever our audiences are watching and listening. Campaign funds were also used to strengthen our relationships with PBS, NPR and other program distribution entities.

Digitized Music Library
The library collection of CD’s and albums was digitized for quicker and easier use and improved sound.
Digital Video Media
New equipment purchased to improve presence on all social media platforms
Stadium Seating
Stadium seating purchased for increased public rentals and seating for Buffalo Toronto Public Media events.

New Production and Equipment 

Because of your campaign support, Buffalo Toronto Public Media was able to purchase new equipment and make necessary building enhancements. These upgrades allow our talented production team to continue to create original programs that spotlight our region(s) and tell stories of all individuals in Western New York and Southern Ontario.

A new generator purchased for the building.
The former classical Library is transforming into a performance space for public and school events.
A baby grand piano for the performance space.


Campaign dollars directed to The WNED Foundation increased the principal of the endowment fund that generates an annual distribution to Buffalo Toronto Public Media operations.


The assets of the Foundation are strategically invested in stocks, bonds, and other marketable securities under the watchful eye of an Investment Committee composed of a group of Foundation Board members with investment, financial planning, and business expertise. The Foundation Board annually approves a distribution of a portion of the income generated by these investments to be used to support the activities of BTPM.

Giving Back, Looking Forward Donors

Visionary: $1,000,000+

Louis & Ann Louise Ciminelli 

Innovator: $750,000 - $999,999

Bequests (2)

Executive Producer: $250,000 - $499,999

Bequests (1)

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, The

Artistic Director: $100,000 - $249,999 

Bequests (4)

Clement & Karen Arrison 

Charles Balbach

Bell Fund, The 

Cameron & Jane Baird Foundation, The

Delaware North

Kevin Keane

Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, The

Moog, Inc. 

Mulroy Family Foundation

NYS Repurpose Grant 

Rich Family Foundation 

Robert & Patricia Colby Foundation, The

Jim & Michal Wadsworth

Wilson Foundation, The 


Editor: $50,000 - $99,999                              

Bequests (3)

Carlos & Elizabeth Heath Foundation, The 

First Niagara Foundation, in partnership with Key Bank 

Hodgson Russ

James H. Cummings Foundation, The

Joy Family Foundation 


Patron: $5,000-$49,999

Bequests (7)

Anonymous (3)

John Amershadian & Denise Hanlon

Baird Foundation, The

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Tom Beecher

Cindy Bennes

Donald & Marilyn Boswell

Barbara Bunker 

Carol & Carl Montante Family Foundation via CFGB

Jerry & Barbara Castiglia

Stephen Dunnett

Frank & Mary Eberl

Ange Fatta

Bill* & Mary Gisel

Drs. Phil* & Drucy Glick

Grant Golden & Deborah Goldman

Robert & Catherine Greene*

Peter Grogan & Christye Peterson

Paul & Nancy Hammond

Paul & Barb Harder

Tim Hoover & Amy Martoche

Hurley Family Endowment, The

Tom & Martha Hyde

Bruce & Gail Johnstone

Kathryn Larsen

Anne Lindsey

Joseph & Penelope McDonald

Russell Newbert

Alphonso & Marcia O'Neil-White*

Dennis Penman*

Diana Jane Philbrick

Phillips Lytle

Jenae Pitts*

Kevin & Merle Pranikoff

Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Victor & Corinne Rice

Nancy Schmid

Spaulding Family Foundation 

Susan Howarth Foundation

Gerald K. Thomas

Cynthia Vance* 

Ted Walsh

Nancy Ware*

Michael & Cynthia Winter


Under $5,000 (182)

Bequests (5)


*BTPM Board of Trustees Member

BTPM Building

To learn more about how you can support this effort, please contact Sylvia Bennett at:


Phone: 716-845-7005

Mail: 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202

Attn: Giving Back Looking Forward