VISION & mission

 

Vision

Cullen Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of Erie County.

 

Mission

Cullen Foundation serves the residents of Erie County by providing funding and support that significantly enhances the education of students in grades pre-K through 12 and advances theatre and the performing arts.

 

HISTORY

 

Cullen Foundation is an independent, private foundation dedicated to enhancing education for students in grades pre-K through 12 and advancing performing arts for Erie County, New York. The Foundation was created by the late John S. “Jack” Cullen. His estate provided the funding for the foundation.

 

Timeline

 

December 2003
 

Cullen Foundation founded by John S. “Jack” Cullen II
 

September 2010
 

Death of Jack Cullen whose estate will provide the funding for the Foundation
 

October 2014
 

Sale of Jack Cullen’s company, Multisorb; proceeds of sale pass to Foundation
 

October 2014
 

Foundation staff hired; opens office in Buffalo, New York
 

March 2015
 

Adoption of Strategic Plan
 

July 2015
 

Foundation begins to accept applications through its biannual Responsive Grant Cycle
 

September 2015
 

Engages Bellwether Education Partners to facilitate education investment strategy
 

February 2016
 

Education School Investment Strategy planning complete
 

February 2016
 

Invests in Building Excellent Schools (BES) to support two BES Fellows to open charter schools in Buffalo in August 2018
 

March 2016
 

Inaugural class of Cullen Scholars named; competitive needs-based program will support scholarships to local private school students
 

August 2016
 

Initial strategic investments in local charter schools
 

January 2017
 

Engages Bellwether Education Partners to facilitate Human Capital Talent Analysis & Strategy for local charter schools and BPS
 

August 2017
 

Initial strategic investments in WNY human capital pipeline begins