The Grigg Lewis staff supports the Foundation’s mission to improve the lives of our community members and to improve our community as a whole. We develop relationships with other foundations and community organizations to assist us in helping our non-profit agencies fulfill their missions through funding and research.

We evaluate local charitable programs and agencies,  and identify how the Foundation can help to improve their impact in the community. We perform follow-up reviews and strive to be more involved with local organizations. We initiate collaboration through the Lockport Family Focus Group and reduce duplication through networking. We help to increase community awareness of the services and agencies available locally, by promoting our nonprofit partners on social media and engaging in direct conversations with community members. We work with local agencies to help them identify resources that will further develop their leadership, organization and sustainability. We have dedicated staff to increase guidance to all local non-profits through our experience in grant making.

Our staff members are passionate about our community. We continue to search for ways to improve our impact. Our focus on Eastern Niagara County may be general, but it is important. By keeping our geographical focus local, we are able to keep the relationships with our agencies current and productive.

Chris Smith

Chris Smith, Executive Director

Chris has worked with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the Foundation’s vision and strategies through long standing programs and new initiatives since 2003.  She maintains relationships with our area nonprofit organizations to enhance the effectiveness of the Foundation’s work from grant making to grant follow-up.  She oversees our finance, accounting and grants management programs.

Brooke Burrows

Brooke Burrows, Grant Support Specialist

Brooke provides support services to Niagara County non-profits when applying to the Grigg Lewis Foundation and other possible funders.  She concentrates on linking agencies and residents to volunteer services, internships and other grant opportunities.  Her knowledge and relationship building skills are beneficial when working with our local non-profits and other funders.  She has been with the Foundation since 2013.

Stacey Stoll, Program Administrator

Stacey is the first friendly face and voice you encounter as you contact the Foundation. Stacey provides office communication, grant disbursements, and social media announcements. She is the administrator of the Workership Program. Her involvement in our local community on various boards and committees, volunteer work and love for Niagara County have made her a valuable asset to our team since 2019.