Helping Our Communities Thrive

At M&T Bank, we believe in the power of making sustained investments in our customers and the communities we serve. The 30 & 30 Giving Initiative celebrates the 30th anniversary of the M&T Charitable Foundation.

The 30 & 30 Giving Initiative

Founded in 1993, the M&T Charitable Foundation works in partnership with non-profit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for the bank’s customers, employees, and neighbors. Awarding nearly $40 million in grants each year, the Foundation has given more than $534 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations throughout its 30-year existence.

In celebration of the M&T Charitable Foundation’s 30th anniversary, 30 organizations throughout the company’s footprint received $30,000 to support their efforts to build and develop affordable housing and to fight homelessness in underserved, low-to-moderate income, and/or communities of color.

More than 90 organizations supporting affordable housing and homelessness prevention in their communities were nominated by M&T in each of the company’s regions. Of the nominees, employees in each region voted for their charity of choice, assisting in the selection of the 30 organizations. The M&T Charitable Foundation also worked with the Impact Genome Registry and OutcomesX to verify the organizations’ achieved outcomes and to ensure it met M&T’s criteria. The 30 grant-recipient nonprofits will receive unrestricted funds so that they can allocate resources where it’s needed most, enabling them to respond to evolving community needs and challenges.

30 Recipient Organizations

Learn more about the 30 recipient organizations and how the funding will support their important work.

Community Services for Every1, Inc. (Western New York)
Since 1989, Community Services for Every1, Inc. (CSE1) has strived to realize its mission: to partner with individuals of all abilities to reach their fullest potential, protecting their rights and promoting their independence and inclusion in our community. CSE1's Domestic Violence (DV) Program helps individuals and families to (re)discover safety, self-determination, and healing after experiencing domestic abuse in Erie and Niagara Counties. To empower domestic violence survivors to create stable and self-sufficient homes, the program offers intensive casework, advocacy, safety planning, economic empowerment, and housing navigation services as well as scattered-site transitional housing opportunities. Additionally, the program trains local nonprofits and governmental agencies to address the accessibility needs of survivors with disabilities.

Pathstone Corporation (Rochester, NY)
PathStone’s Housing Counseling Program offers pre- and post-home purchase education and counseling, rental counseling for tenants, landlord education as well as mortgage delinquency and default resolution counseling. Through one-on-one counseling and education, life-long financial management skills including establishing and maintaining a budget, understanding credit, and debt management are possible. Information on fair housing, mortgage, and other subsidy programs are shared, along with other rental counseling topics and programs.

The Interfaith Nutrition Network Inc., (INN), (Long Island, NY)
The INN’s Center for Transformative Change (CTC) in the Village of Hempstead is a social service center which is co-located with the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen, Long Island’s largest soup kitchen. The CTC offers services which are designed to assist guests to improve their health, wealth and well-being. Services provided at the CTC include individual case management, access to ID documents, income/employment, housing/housing security, transportation, health insurance/health services, emergency shelter, mail service, legal services and use of a computer lab. Emergency clothing and showers are also available to those in need. The CTC has established partnerships with external organizations which provide specialized services such as onsite healthcare, employment counseling and access to cell phones. All services are provided at no charge in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. In the past twelve months, the CTC has supported 3,929 individuals with services.

Metro Interfaith Housing Management Corporation (Southern New York)
Metro Interfaith Housing Management Corporation is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency that provides homebuyer education, budget/credit counseling, renters assistance, homeowner preservation assistance and services for the homeless. Metro Interfaith has a robust first-time home buyer course in the Binghamton region for all income levels. Metro Interfaith also collaborates with area municipalities and non-profits to help eligible homebuyers obtain down payment and closing cost, home repair and energy improvement funds. After closing, Metro Interfaith works with new homeowners to maintain their budgets and improve their credit, helping them create equity, net worth, and an estate for their families.

Affordable Housing Partnership of the Capital Region (Albany, NY)
Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania’s (AHCOPA) housing counselors assist low and moderate-income households in the city of Philadelphia and Delaware County in achieving or maintaining homeownership. Through our engagement clients access financial services enabling them to have the credit and income history necessary to be mortgage eligible. The impact of redlining has caused communities of color to have a cautious and distrustful outlook on the financial services industry, counselors serve as guides and advocates, helping them navigate the complexities of the mortgage process and to help them access available homebuyer grants.

Hudson River Housing (Hudson Valley, NY)
Hudson River Housing’s River Haven Transitional Living Community (TLC) provides up to 2 years of transitional supportive housing for homeless youth/young adults under the age of 25 as they advance basic life skills and pursue goal-related activities (school/work) in preparation for discharge to appropriate, stable housing. A TLC Care Manager (CM) works with residents to develop/implement a service plan tailored to their individual needs and goals. The CM helps youth improve life skills and supports them as they take incremental steps toward self-sufficiency.

A Tiny Home for Good (Central New York)
A Tiny Home for Good's Permanent Supportive Housing Program is for homeless individuals and families in Syracuse, NY. Tenants qualify for housing with A Tiny Home for Good (ATHG) once they are documented in the local coordinated entry system. A Tiny Home for Good maintains ownership of its properties allowing for its 32 units to be maintained as permanently affordable rentals by a responsive landlord. Tenants receive personalized support for the duration of their time in ATHG housing and their is no limit on length of stay.

East Brooklyn Congregations (New York City)
Co-founded by East Brooklyn Congregations and Queens Power, Public Land for Public Good is a grassroots movement that is demanding a real solution for the housing affordability crisis in New York City by calling on state and city officials to use under-utilized public land for the development of 100% affordable communities. From their track record of constructing over 7,000 affordable units, EBC is organizing this movement by engaging thousands of residents to create the citizen demand to secure land that leads to the development of thousands of affordable homes over the next 3 to 5 years.

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (Hartford, CT)
Since 2015, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) has led the Be Homeful Project which focuses on preventing and ending family homelessness through shelter diversion/rapid exit funds for families with minor children who are experiencing literal homelessness, at risk of becoming homeless, or fleeing domestic violence and being assisted through the state’s coordinated access networks. The Be Homeful Project provides emergency assistance for expenses to families to ensure they are able to remain housed, rather than entering the shelter system.

The Housing Collective (Bridgeport, CT)
The Opening Doors Fairfield County (ODFC) is a regional movement that exists to prevent and end homelessness in Fairfield County by serving low- to moderate-income households experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability. Through a collective impact approach, ODFC coordinates housing loss prevention by rapidly rehousing unhoused households and providing housing stability and housing retention services to ensure episodes of homelessness and housing insecurity are rare and non-recurring. ODFC tracks all program/beneficiary outcomes in the "Homeless Management Information System", starting with initial encounters until exited from programs.

Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (Eastern Massachusetts)
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance’s STASH First-Gen Home program is a first-in-the-nation matched savings program for low- to moderate-income, first-generation (those whose parents or guardians did not own a home) homebuyers. The program educates participants on financial literacy topics while empowering them to save $2,000. Once clients graduate from the program and purchase a home, participants are granted a $20,000 match to put toward their down payment or closing costs. STASH helps to level the playing field for first-generation homebuyers by providing the support of the "Bank of Mom and Dad." In the past twelve months, 97% of program participants identified as people of color.

Webster House (New Hampshire)
Webster House’s Independent Living Program provides housing and wraparound supports to residents aged 14-21 who are unable to remain safely placed in their home. The staff at Webster House foster good study habits, time management skills, financial literacy, budgeting, cooking, how to drive a car, etc. to ensure residents are well-prepared for independent living. The Program is an integral part of building a resident's confidence and feelings of self-worth. Residents carry these skills into adulthood, allowing them to live independent, successful, financially secure lives. As children age out, Webster House helps them secure safe housing and community resources.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland (Portland, ME)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland's Critical Home Repair program provides holistic low-cost home repairs to homeowners throughout Cumberland County. These repairs can include, but are not limited to, roof replacement or patching, accessibility modifications, structural fixes, and repairs to unsafe mechanical systems (electrical, heating, plumbing, etc). By offering affordable repairs, Habitat is able to preserve homeownership for low-income families who would otherwise continue to live in unsafe and unhealthy conditions. The program primarily services low-income older adults (49% are 65+).

Homes for Heroes, Inc. (Tarrytown, NY/Connecticut)
Rockland’s Home for Heroes provides 8 apartment-style housing units in the mid-Hudson Counties of Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester for veterans facing homelessness. Each veteran in Rockland’s Home for Heroes community is provided with a range of support services including counseling, education/skills development, addiction treatment, and job-readiness training. The supported housing units also include access to a community center, garden, and recreational area to promote community-based engagement.

Rebuilding Together of Greater Burlington (Vermont)
Operating across Chittenden County, Rebuilding Together Greater Burlington provides free, critical home repairs to low-income seniors, veterans, and working families who otherwise would not have much-needed home repair work done, allowing them to live independently in their own warm, safe homes. Volunteers provide the labor to re-roof, install energy-efficient doors and windows, build safe entries, install grab bars, paint, and do yard work or cleaning. Materials are purchased from funds provided by donors. Electricians are hired to install smoke detectors and handle electrical issues to ensure the comfort and safety of residents. In the past twelve months, the all-volunteer organization was able to repair and maintain five homes.

Way Finders (Western Massachusetts)
Way Finders is a nonprofit community development corporation, headquartered in Springfield, MA, working to strengthen housing stability and economic mobility and build thriving neighborhoods throughout western Massachusetts. Way Finders is the largest nonprofit housing developer in the region and has created over 800 units of affordable housing in Hampden and Hampshire Counties. Serving over 50,000 individuals per year, Way Finders offers a variety of programs to support individuals where they are in their housing journey. From family homeless shelters to first-time homebuyers, resident leadership training and fair housing counseling, and much more.

 

Homeward (Central/Southern Virginia)
Homeward maintains the Homeward Community Information System (HCIS), a regional database used by more than 155 individual users across 14 partner agencies, to inform and improve homeless services and programs for over 6,000 people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness in the Greater Richmond Region. The HCIS database allows our regional homeless services coalition to 1) connect regional residents experiencing homelessness to resources, 2) better understand the demographics, service needs, service usage, and trends, and 3) understand the effectiveness of interventions.

Housing Alliance Delaware (Delaware)
The Housing Alliance of Delaware maintains Delaware’s Centralized Intake (CI) coordinated entry system for people and families experiencing homelessness. More than 100 people and families contact CI each day. CI staff members identify open emergency shelter beds/units in the community and refer unhoused people and families to available crisis assistance. Staff also refer homeless households to available housing help in the community, including transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and supportive housing, with a focus on quickly connecting the most vulnerable to housing help.

Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (Central/Western Pennsylvania)
Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (VOPA) is a nonprofit based in Harrisburg, PA. It is currently constructing Veterans Grove, a "village" comprising 15 tiny homes surrounding a 6,500 sq. ft. community center. This center will soon open to cater to the needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness in our area by providing housing and comprehensive, individualized wraparound services. VOPA’s innovative Veterans Grove community is specifically designed to address the unique needs of each Veteran through a Therapeutic community model that fosters camaraderie, personal responsibility, and healing. It aims to recreate the stable support network that was available to the Veterans before they left the service.

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore (SVDP) is a leading provider of community services to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the Baltimore region, operating programs under five service areas: Shelter, Supportive Housing, Child and Family Services, Healthy Food Access, and Community-Based Assistance. Under Supportive Housing, Home Connections (HC) is a Housing First, scattered-site permanent supportive housing program that addresses the immediate need for housing stability for men, women, and families with diagnosed disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness by providing permanent, stable, rent-subsidized housing coupled with intensive, in-home supportive services. At any point in time, HC serves 128 households and sets a goal to have 90% of households exit or retain housing each year.

Homes for America, Inc. (Chesapeake, VA)
Homes for America is a nonprofit housing developer and owner of affordable housing located in Annapolis, MD. At Homes for America, our mission is to create quality, service-enriched, sustainable communities that provide opportunities for all residents to enhance their lives with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to providing affordable housing and connecting residents to vital services, focusing on seniors and families in the mid-Atlantic region. Our purpose is to provide housing that increases opportunity for all.

Cornerstones Inc. (Greater Washington)
Together with our community, Cornerstones promotes stability, empowerment and hope through support, advocacy and community-building for individuals and families in need. Cornerstones’ Affordable Housing Plus Program (AHP+) operates a scattered site rental program to address housing instability and homelessness, for individuals and families who have high barriers to finding/sustaining housing, including those transitioning from homelessness or with special needs in Northern Virginia. Tenants in the AHP+ housing pay 30% of income towards rent for greater tenancy success and self-sufficiency, with voucher portability for the future. Tenants in the AHP+ program primarily come from Cornerstone’s emergency shelter through rapid-rehousing and benefit from supportive services to ensure long-term retention and success.

Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa./Southern New Jersey)
Affordable Housing Centers of Pennsylvania’s (AHCOPA) housing counselors assist low and moderate-income households in the city of Philadelphia and Delaware County in achieving or maintaining homeownership. Through our engagement clients access financial services enabling them to have the credit and income history necessary to be mortgage eligible. The impact of redlining has caused communities of color to have a cautious and distrustful outlook on the financial services industry, counselors serve as guides and advocates, helping them navigate the complexities of the mortgage process and to help them access available homebuyer grants.

 Passaic County Habitat for Humanity (New Jersey)
Since 1984, Passaic County Habitat for Humanity has served the Paterson and Passaic County area. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up, partner with Passaic County Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Combining affordable homeownership and community redevelopment efforts, Passaic County Habitat works to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and create communities people want to call home. In the past year alone, PC Habitat has moved families into 12 homes and has broken ground on an additional seven.

Bell Socialization Services (Southeast Pennsylvania)
Bell Socialization Services owns and operates an emergency homeless family shelter in York County focused on keeping whole families together while they endure the trauma of homelessness. In 2024 the Shelter is moving to a new location that will double Bell’s capacity for the number of people served to over 800/year. Bell case managers assess each family upon entry then assist them in setting and achieving their goals to overcome barriers preventing them from living independently and sustainably. Bell’s person-first approach includes personalized goal planning to address a family’s needs or areas of growth. Families could be assisted and directed in areas of job skills, earning power programs, health and dental care, mental health counseling, affordable childcare, and obtaining proper identification and birth certificates.

Bridge House Transition Shelter (Northern Pennsylvania)
Schuylkill Community Action’s Bridge House Transitional Shelter offers crucial shelter and intensive case management to homeless households in Schuylkill County. The program supports diverse groups of homeless households, including low-income individuals, domestic violence survivors, and those in substance use recovery. The 38 residents of the shelter typically stay twelve months and, after successful completion of the program, receive priority for permanent housing through a partnership with the Pottsville Housing Authority enabling them to achieve greater stability.

Rebuilding Together Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
Rebuilding Together Atlanta (RTA) implements Safe and Healthy Housing, which provides solutions-based, person-centered home modifications to low- and extremely low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities at no cost to improve accessibility, reduce falls, and facilitate aging in place. Services include accessibility modifications, fall prevention strategies, and other critical repairs. Backed by medical experts and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), RTA's work advances health equity by improving health and housing outcomes for neighbors in need across the Greater Atlanta community.

The Lord’s Place, Inc. (Florida)
The Lord’s Place’s Supportive Housing Initiative provides safe, stable housing and comprehensive wraparound services to 250 people experiencing homelessness each day in Palm Beach County. In addition to housing, the initiative connects residents to case management, benefits navigation, job training and placement, physical and behavioral healthcare and coordination, life skills instruction, and peer support. Through these services, more than 85 percent of residents who graduate from the program achieve housing stability on a long-term basis.

Esperanza Community Housing (Los Angeles, CA)
Esperanza Community Housing (Esperanza) offers an Affordable Housing Program to very low-income households and communities of color in South Central Los Angeles. The Program provides and manages nine multi-family residential properties with 165 units to house more than 550 low-income tenants. Esperanza tenants are able to report their specific needs during the application/intake phase and through regular tenant meetings to ensure they achieve financial stability and ultimately thrive. When greater social and financial needs are identified, an in-house Promotor de Salud (Community Health Promoter) is brought in to assist the families.

Proud Ground (Pacific Northwest)
As the largest Community Land Trust in the Pacific Northwest, Proud Ground provides permanently affordable housing opportunities to low-income households. In the past year, Proud Ground provided crucial down payment assistance to 60 households, benefiting a total of 208 household members, and enabling access to stable, affordable housing. Additionally, through Proud Ground programing 44 households have become mortgage-ready and another 409 individuals have been provided with comprehensive homeownership education and counseling services, equipping them with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate the complexities of real estate.