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Say Yes Buffalo: A Scholarship Promise and Cradle-to-Career Support

Since our founding in 2011, Say Yes Buffalo has raised close to $84 million ($30 million in first ten years to support scholarships, and $54 million towards a $65 million goal for the Say Yes Buffalo Endowment, an effort to fund postsecondary success for Buffalo students in perpetuity.

To all of our partners, investors, friends, colleagues, and supporters, we are in deep gratitude for the talents, energy, and funds you have invested to make this promise real for thousands and thousands of students in our city.

This investment in the young people of our city promises an exponential return as we equip the next generations of leaders in our community with the tools they need to be economically self-sufficient and successful.

This is just one piece of the relevant economic data that supports our mission. When we launched in 2011, the graduation rate for Buffalo Public Schools was 49%. It has grown by 30 points to 79% in 2022. This means that 4,386 MORE students graduated during this period than would have graduated in previous years. With high school degrees, their spending power increases collectively to $39.2M per year, averaging an additional $1.2 billion in lifetime earnings.

Your investment in the Say Yes Buffalo endowment will reverberate for generations to come, making our city a national model for what one community can do for its young people. Thank you for your support!

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