The Editorial Board: Kleinhans’ Fundraising Project Needs – and Deserves – All the Support It Can Get | Editorial

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The council hopes to raise the remaining $7.5 million, plus $3 million for an endowment, through charitable donations. The response from foundations has been overwhelmingly positive, according to the board. Indeed, the hall was the vision of Edward and Mary Seaton Kleinhans, who bequeathed their estates to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. National Grid and National Fuel have expressed interest in supporting the work.

The most urgent, according to the members of the board of directors, is to replace the roof, which requires immediate attention. The entire project, including the HVAC systems, will take several years, with much of the work taking place in the summer when the room is less used.

But work needs to be planned, with bids submitted, soon. Delays will only drive up costs, especially in a time of tight supply chains and high inflation. This makes early fundraising all the more critical.

The campaign is based on an independent study of Kleinhans’ needs, lending credibility to the fundraising goals. Beyond that, the push to build an endowment is not only wise, but essential. This will give the room a greater ability to sustain itself for years to come.

Other critical Buffalo institutions have benefited greatly from the support of governments and foundations. And this is not the first time that Kleinhans has undertaken a major maintenance programme. But it’s a do-or-die. She needs and deserves all the support she can get.

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