The Grigg Lewis staff members main mission is to improve the lives of people and our community. 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.
In recent years, in addition to simply funding programs, we work to evaluate the impact each program and agency is actually having in the community. We perform follow-up reviews and work to have more involvement with the organizations. We initiate collaboration, reduced duplication, and help create awareness of the agencies in the community. We work with the agencies to help them develop their leadership, organization and sustainability. We recently dedicated staff to increase guidance through our experience in grant making.
Our staff members are passionate and interested in our community. This is reflected in our daily work. We are always searching for ways to improve our impact. We are a team in the best sense of the word. Our focus on Niagara County as a whole 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, 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, 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.
Vanessa Macek, Administrative Assistant
Vanessa oversees external and internal communications that support and advance the Foundation’s mission and vision. She is responsible for expanding the Foundation’s online presence via our website and social media. She has kept the office running smoothly since 2017 through day to day operations, scheduling and grant disbursement. She is the first friendly face you see when you walk through our doors.