Our Story

Advocacy work intensifies as initiatives are begun in the areas of Transition Services, Special Education and Early Childhood Services.

2016

New 3-year Strategic Plan adopted

Expansion of services for children with special needs by funding a $260,000 grant for the recruitment and compensation of a new developmental pediatrician at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

2015

Creation of The Mildred Seegler/Children’s Guild Foundation Respite Home in Buffalo, NY with a $200,000 grant operated by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled

2014

Largest single grant ever made

$2 million gift to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo for the creation of The Children’s Guild Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the new J.R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (to open in 2017)

2012

100th Anniversary Year Celebration

Purpose & Passion $100,000 Grant awarded to SABAH for the creation of the Summer Athletes at Heart Program First Picnic Spectacular held at Cradle Beach Camp celebrating the importance of recreation and fun in the lives of children with special needs

2010

$600,000 grant made to Children’s Hospital to create The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Excellence

2009

Relocate program services to Children’s Hospital facility for future expansion needs.

The organization sells its building at 936 Delaware Ave. and reallocates funding to community nonprofits serving special needs children in the areas of healthcare, research, education and therapeutic recreation.

2006

Organization changes name to The Children’s Guild Foundation

2004

Community grant funding programs expands to area nonprofits within the 8 counties of Western New

2000

Funds $1 million expansion of Center at 936 Delaware Ave.

to support The Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center and Robert Cooke Genetic Research Laboratory.

1989

Forms partnership with Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

to take-over the medical and clinical services while continuing to fund the physical plant, capital expenditures and program services

1959

Becomes the first Outpatient Healthcare Facility in the United States

1958

National leaders and advocates in the care and treatment of children suffering from polio

1940

New York State Education Department approves funding for the first special education teacher to be based at the Center

1939

Break ground for a new home at 936 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo, NY to increase capacity to serve 200 children

1937

Creators of the first Special Event – Per Plate Fundraiser in New York State

1930

Named lead advocate in the United States for special needs children

1920

Affiliates with the Joint Charities & Community Fund and begins extensive community fundraising to support the home

1919

First Boy Scout Troop in the United States formed for boys with disabilities

1918

Within a year, demand necessitated the purchase of a larger home enabling care for 15 children.

This home was located at 497 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY

1911

The Crippled Children’s Guild was incorporated in New York State

And established a home large enough to serve 7 children year-round was purchased on the Westside of Buffalo, NY

1910

First summer respite experience for children at the summer homes of prominent Western New Yorkers

1909