Here are just a few of the charities we've helped over the years. We proudly continue to support their missions through our events....


Cure childhood cancer association - Rochester, NY

CURE Childhood Cancer Association was formed in Rochester, NY in 1976 by a group of parents who lost their children to cancer. They wanted to provide support to parents going through the same experience, as well as raise money for cancer research. Today, CURE is the only organization in Rochester focused solely on meeting the emotional, social, financial, and educational needs of children diagnosed with cancer and chronic blood disorders.

“Your child has cancer.” Families who hear those words live in a world transformed by disease. Daily life is filled with fear, confusion, stress, and emotion. No medical treatment can cure these afflictions. World-class medical care is available in the Rochester area, but patients and families need more than medical care to cope with chronic, life-threatening, and terminal childhood diseases. CURE is there to help and meet the very specific needs of families who are caring for a chronically ill child.

Since 1976, CURE has been the forerunner in developing the concept of parent advocacy, long-term educational assistance and peer-to-peer support. CURE encourages and assists children, young adults and their families in Rochester and the surrounding region to realistically face diagnosis and treatment cope with their fears and believe in the possibility of life after cancer.


Causewave Community Partners - Rochester, NY

Causewave Community Partners (Formerly the Ad Council of Rochester) was originally founded based on Founder, W.B. "Pete" Potter's challenge to a group of Rochester, NY advertising professionals.

“Advertising has become, in America, the greatest single means of mass communication, information, and persuasion which has ever been seen in any society, anywhere, at any time. In Rochester, we are the people who control that force. How will we use it for the betterment of the community in which we live?”
— Pete Potter

From that challenge, The Advertising Council of Rochester was born. And for over six decades, Pete’s vision has resonated within our community. 

Our new name, Causewave Community Partners, represents what we've always been about – putting the cause first in everything we do. It represents movement – because momentum is necessary to find solutions for tough problems. And it represents collaboration – because we can't – and don’t – do this work alone.

Together with all of our partners and supporters, we will continue to make waves by carrying Pete Potter’s legacy forward as a powerful force for good in our community

the community place of greater Rochester - Rochester, NY

The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.(CPGR) is a nonprofit agency founded on the belief that everyone should enjoy the same health, economic, and social opportunities no matter who they are or where they live…

Born from the merger of the Lewis Street Center, Genesee Settlement House and Eastside Community Center; The Community Place serves residents of Northeast Rochester. We deliver a wide range of social, developmental, and educational programs delivered through our facilities in the northeast sector of the city of Rochester (NY) and throughout the greater Rochester area. We are a leading neighborhood-based community center, providing a foundation for growth, empowerment and stability for those we serve.

The Community Place is proud to continue the legacy built by its former organizations and continue the settlement house movement in Rochester. We invite you to learn more about the programs and services we provide to the people of Rochester—from children and teenagers to families and seniors to individuals with developmentally disabilities.

women's foundation of genesee valley - Rochester, NY

The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley was established in 1994 to manage a permanent endowment that would create lasting social change by investing in programs that benefit women and girls. Women in our community volunteer to raise, manage and distribute the funds.  Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $1.2M to programs that have proven successful in helping women and girls achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“Women gave heart, mind, body, intellect, will, blood, sweat & tears but not their dollars. Women didn’t fund suffrage; now women are funding women. That’s historic.”

~Helen Hunt, founder of Women Moving Millions

In 2004, the Women’s Foun­da­tion of Gene­see Val­ley pub­lished the first com­pre­hen­sive study on the eco­nomic sta­tus of women in the Rochester region using data from to 2000 U.S. Cen­sus. This research has been updated using the 2010 U.S. Cen­sus data. In addi­tion, the Self-Sufficiency Stan­dard was used to explore income ade­quacy; that is, the level of income nec­es­sary for a given fam­ily to ade­quately meet basic needs. We found that women were dis­pro­por­tion­ately affected by poverty and income inadequacy.


Rehema Home - Kenya

The Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) asked career missionaries Ruth and Irvin Schwandt to start an orphanage. It was the overcrowding and horrendous conditions of the government homes that galvanized Irvin and Ruth Schwandt to provide proper, loving care for Kenya’s abandoned and orphaned children. Rehema Home was founded in 1998—starting with only four children.

Irvin and Ruth have created a dynamic where every child is known by name, receives individual attention, and is challenged to fulfill their God-given purpose. Rehema Home is committed to caring for each child, regardless of their health status, taking them into our Home and providing them with love and instilling in them a hope for a future. We have heard it from many visitors who have walked through our doors, “You are not an orphanage, you are a Home.”

Rehema Home is unique, we are not a “Western Organization” attempting to do some good in a “Third World” country. We are a Kenyan organization, led by Kenyan leaders who have responded to a need within their communities.


New York Warrior Alliance - Rochester, NY

Our Mission is to support the wounded military members and their caregivers by honoring their service with donations to aide in their rehabilitation. Our funding is supported through donations that are received from the community and other non-profit organizations.

Our organization is completely funded through donations and sponsored partners. 100% of the financial donations that are received by the NYWA goes directly to the military members and their caregivers. The Rochester, NY community is extremely generous and deeply appreciative of the U.S. Military as shown through their generous support.


Open Door Mission - Rochester, NY

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.