Working in the 14215 zip code on Buffalo’s east side, Buffalo Promise Neighborhood (BPN) is a unique public/private partnership bringing together local business, the community, and philanthropic leaders to help build and sustain stronger communities within the city of Buffalo.
- Provide opportunity, support and resources to help parents achieve the best for themselves and their children; and
- Build a strong educational foundation that carries children from cradle to career.
In our name is a promise — a promise to children and families that we believe in them, a promise that their community cares; a promise that we — the community — will help them achieve a bright future.
BPN operates three schools and provides innovative programming to support and enrich the lives of families, both inside and outside the classroom.
Where We Began
In the early 1990s, M&T Bank Chairman, Robert Wilmers, was concerned about the state of education in Buffalo’s public schools. This led to the idea: if M&T were to adopt a struggling school and invest in it, could we make a difference?
In 1993, that idea was put to the test when Mr. Wilmers led a group of M&T Bank employees to help revitalize Buffalo Public School 68 — at the time, one of the city’s lowest performing schools. The group brought a new perspective, viewing it through a business lens, in addition to education. As School #68 transitioned to Westminster Community Charter School and achieved success, M&T ultimately brought the national Promise Neighborhood model to Buffalo in 2012, officially creating Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.