Appeal Facts


Founded in 1923, Catholic Charities of Buffalo is the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, reaching all eight counties with 61 professionally staffed locations. Catholic Charities serves Western New Yorkers without regard to age, race or religious affiliation.

Believing all persons are created by God, we empower individuals, children and families to achieve and maintain meaningful, healthy and productive lives. We advocate for those in need — particularly those who are poor and most vulnerable.

Basic Overview

Number of Sites: 61
Number of Programs: 70
Number of Western New Yorkers Served: more than 130,000
including Children 46,532
Teens 7,592
Seniors  10,488
Percentage of non-Catholics served: 
*Numbers based on 2012 data

Our Focus

  • Basic emergency assistance
  • Children: foster care, adoption, and prevention and treatment of family issues
  • Counseling and mental health services for all ages
  • Educational and employment services
  • Immigration and refugee assistance
  • Parish outreach and advocacy
  • Senior services

Marks of Quality Service and Stewardship

  • Re-accredited for 4 years by the Council on Accreditation, attesting to adherence of highest national professional standards and delivery of the best quality services.
  • Ranked as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, a non-profit charity evaluator. (

Efficient Stewardship of Donor Dollars
Program Expenses:                               83.6%
Administrative Expenses:                     13.1%
Fundraising Expenses:                           3.3%

*These 2011 figures based on total Catholic Charities budget only.

Plus, for every dollar donated, Catholic Charities is able to leverage up to $3 from other funding sources.

Catholic Charities is currently recognized as a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, a non-profit charity evaluator.

A Sampling of Outcomes

Reducing Poverty of Knowledge through Closing the Gap
 - Full service community school program embedded in eight Buffalo schools

  • 84% achieved a passing Grade Point Average
  • Achieved a 97.7% average attendance rate
  • 80% decreased or maintained occurrence of discipline referrals
  •  84% decreased or maintained occurrence of informal suspensions
  • 97% decreased occurrence of formal suspensions

Reducing Poverty of Basic Need through WIC
 - Federal nutritional program for women, infants and children

  • Served 20,730 people per month
  • 47.3% of participants initiated breast feeding, exceeding the goal
  • Recognized by the New York State Department of Health for “implementing the largest, most comprehensive changes to address obesity in WIC program history” with a highly successful food package program.

Reducing Poverty of Relationship Skills through Incredible Years Parenting 
 - Educating and assisting parents in application of discipline and communication skills

  • 84 parents received a certificate of completion.
  • Of those surveyed, 86% would recommend the program to family and friends, and would use the program again in the future if they needed to.

Reducing Poverty of Spirit through Counseling Services
 - Individual and family counseling and mental health services

  • In client satisfaction surveys among Catholic Charities’ counseling and mental health programs:
    •   95% of respondents affirm that the services they received helped them
    •   95% would recommend our services to family and friends
    •   97% would turn to Catholic Charities again if needed.

*Numbers based on 2009 data

Positioned for the Future
The agency continues to creatively partner with parents, schools, administrators, public agencies, corporations and government to bring new initiatives and cutting edge approaches to the challenges placed on individuals, families and our future.

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