Your Donation Has BIG Impact
On the morning of September 20, our West Side Bazaar on Grant Street suffered a horrific fire that caused it to close. We're thankful no one was at the Bazaar when the fire broke out and no one was hurt. We are grateful for the outpouring of community love and support we have received since it happened. Your support in all ways is appreciated as we navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.
To make a contribution to help our West Side Bazaar entrepreneurs, please donate here.
Akec and Garang of Nile River survey the damage.
We are assessing and working with our small business owners to establish what they need to recover and reopen. Their businesses are vital to their families' economic security and to the cultural life of our city. The new West Side Bazaar at 1432 Niagara Street will not be open until fall 2023. Immediately, we are looking for below-market-rate commercial kitchen and retail space for our current Bazaar businesses. Financial donations to WEDI are gratefully accepted as we work with our businesses to come back better than ever. To make a contribution to help our West Side Bazaar entrepreneurs, please donate here.
If you can offer restaurant and retail space to our entrepreneurs, please contact Yanush Sanmugaraja, Senior Director, Economic Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions on donations, please contact Erin Kelly, Director of External Relations, at email@example.com.
When you donate to WEDI programs or our capital campaign for a new and expanded Bazaar, you join a wonderful community of generous and purposeful individuals just like you.
Now, more than ever, it is vital for Western New Yorkers to succeed and thrive in a culturally inclusive community.
Ways to Donate to Programs and to the Capital Campaign
Online with a Credit or Debit Card
Mail a check to the WEDI at P.O. Box 99, Buffalo, NY 14213. Indicate in the memo line if you intend it to be for the capital campaign or the annual fund for programming. Checks must be postmarked by 12/31/2022 to be counted for this tax year.
ACH Direct Bank Transfers
Contact Finance & Administration Coordinator Dan Conneely for ACH information.
Be a Dreammaker
Dreammakers is a circle composed of charitable and dynamic recurring donors who are determined to create a more equitable Western New York. Dreammakers allow WEDI to efficiently forecast and budget to maximize impact. Become a sustaining donor here.
"WEDI's mission is important to me, and a great way to show that something is important to you is to vote for it with your dollars."
"I consider my monthly donation a vote for the WNY that I want to see, one where business owners from all economic backgrounds are able to get the financial and educational resources to make their dreams a reality, one where kids from all walks of life have equal access to quality education and the support that they need to succeed." - Emily Oaks, Board Member and Dreammaker
Extraordinary Giving for Ordinary People
What impact would you like to leave in the world? Naming Westminster Economic Development Initiative as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, IRA, life insurance policy, or bank or brokerage account is a generous way to make a legacy gift and ensure equity for all Western New Yorkers. If you would like to make a gift of stock or mutual funds please download stock transfer instructions here. Please contact Finance Coordinator Dan Conneely with questions at 716-393-4088.
Donor Advised Funds
A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a donor-advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to this nonprofit directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF's sponsoring organization is participating). Contact your financial advisor or our office for more information. Our EIN or federal tax ID number is 20-4230463.
If your company makes matching gifts, you can double the impact of your contribution to WEDI.
You can support WEDI by shopping at Amazon * or iGive. Login into your account, choose Westminster Economic Development Initiative as your charity choice, and shop away. You still have the same variety of products and online shopping convenience as any customer, but a portion of your purchase will then be donated to WEDI at no cost to you.
*To raise money through Amazon, it is recommended you bookmark the Amazon Smile page to your favorites bar desktop computer or mobile web browser.
We love it when community members fundraise for our cause! Please reach out toDevelopment Coordinator Elizabeth Lovria or by calling 716-800-2280 so we can support you in your camapign.
Hosting a Facebook fundraiser is easy and fun to do! Login to your Facebook account and on the left, click fundraisers, and then raise money. Click Nonprofit and scroll down to select or type Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) in the search bar. On the left-hand side, enter the goal amount of money you want to raise and click create to share on your Facebook page. You can learn more here. You can also start a campaign with the social media tools that are offered immediately after you donate.