Jerry Reger CFO / CAO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Buffalo, NY Prioritize Equity, Shift Capital | Funding / Investment Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is working to create a separate fund to facilitate impact investing in their community. Jerry spent 30 years in the field of public accounting before joining the community foundation in the November of 2013, including 27 years with Dopkins and Company, LLP, where he was the partner in charge of the Not-for-Profit Industry Service Group. His primary focus was serving the not-for-profit and health care industries with a dedicated area of expertise in health and human services agencies. In March of 2013 Jerry left Dopkins and had been providing consulting services as a sole practitioner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) the New York State Society of CPA and is a member of the Buffalo Chapter Not-for-Profit Committee. Jerry graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BS degree in Business Administration with concentrations in accounting and finance. Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to helping donors make the most of their generosity. For more than 95 years the Community Foundation has managed endowment funds for individuals, families and organizations, and is currently home to over 750 named funds. Clients who establish their charitable named funds with the Community Foundation direct their giving in three ways: To support specific organizations To support specific issues To support the community’s changing needs Those funds that are entrusted by clients to the Community Foundation to support the community’s changing needs over time are directed by the Community Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors where they will have the greatest impact in improving lives in Western New York. A comprehensive regional analysis determined those areas of focus to include the following: Improve educational achievement for low-income students Increase racial/ethnic equity Enhance and leverage significant natural resources Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts, and culture Beyond grant-making in these areas, the Community Foundation also acts as a community leader and convener to address specific pressing needs in its region. Efforts here have resulted in significant improvements in childhood literacy rates, a coordinated collaborative of more than 150 environmental organizations resulting in implementation of a regional agenda for the environment, the elimination of lead poisoning risks for hundreds of at-risk children and the creation of a funding collaborative dedicated to strengthening the mid-sized arts and cultural organizations that anchor the community.