Defining Our Work


The Children's Guild Foundation’s mission is to make financial grants and to serve as advocates to 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations serving children with special needs throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

To accomplish this mission, it strives to form working partnerships with healthcare professionals, medical researchers, educators and therapeutic recreational experts who are dedicated to meeting the ongoing challenges that affect children with special needs and their families.


With purpose and passion, The Children's Guild Foundation's vision is to be a catalyst for impactful and effective change by funding opportunities that will allow children with developmental, medical, intellectual, learning, behavioral and mental health issues achieve their highest potential.

The Foundation seeks from its grantees actions that will attain opportunities and possibilities. It values interdependency, communication and learning, innovation, collaboration to leverage greater impact, informed leadership, and inclusiveness and respect for others


Foundation trustees and staff act as trustworthy and responsible stewards of the Foundation’s funds, seeking to direct resources with wisdom and compassion.

The Foundation ensures that its grant making and advocacy efforts are not only relevant, effective and efficient, but also mindful of the opportunity gap between children and young adults with special needs and their peers.