Again this year the late Mildred Milliman’s legacy of selflessness and generosity lives on through 34 grants to organizations that she supported through her lifetime.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation approved $230,799 in grants to organizations that Mildred Milliman chose to support during her lifetime and after through her fund at the Foundation.

The last living of her siblings, Milliman inherited her fortune from her uncle, who was an original partner of the company that eventually became United Parcel Service (UPS).

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Still, she led a modest lifestyle, working as a switchboard operator at Olean General Hospital while making every penny count. Many of those pennies went to philanthropic causes.

There is nothing modest however, about the impact of Milliman’s generosity. Since its establishment in 2001, the Mildred Milliman Fund at CRCF has made possible over $3.2 million in grants to charitable organizations.

The main benefactor of grants from the Milliman Fund, the Olean General Hospital Foundation, received $178,341 this year.

Grants from the fund have now provided over $2.6 million in support to Olean General Hospital.

“In 2017 the Mildred Milliman Outpatient Surgery Center served 6,000 individuals through surgery and procedures,” said Steve Jackson, Olean General Hospital Foundation president. “This year’s grant will continue to positively impact the care we are able to offer through the state-of-the-art facility. It is a true honor keep Ms. Milliman’s passion for Olean General Hospital alive, her lifetime blessing has impacted generations.”

An avid animal lover, Milliman also designated a number of animal welfare organizations to receive annual grants. 10 organizations supporting animal welfare received grants this year:

American SPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Humane Society of U.S., International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Anti-Vivisection Society, National Wildlife Federation, SPCA in Cattaraugus County, SPCA serving Allegany County, World Wildlife Fund

Milliman also chose to support a number of other local and national organizations through the endowment, including:

Alzheimer’s Association; American Cancer Society; American Foundation for the Blind; American Heart Association; American Kidney Fund; American Lung Association in New York; American Red Cross; Blinded Veterans Association; Camp Good Days & Special Times; CRCF Beautification Fund for Olean Community; Cystic fibrosis Foundation; Easter Seals; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, WNY division; Muscular Dystrophy Association, Western New York; National Epilepsy Foundation; National MS Society;  Paralyzed Veterans of America; Roswell Park Alliance Foundation; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Salvation Army; Town of Olean Fire Department; United Spinal Association

 “I think Millie (Milliman) would be very proud of the legacy she left here,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “She may have been a quiet woman during her life, but her philanthropic efforts speak volumes and will continue to for many years to come.”

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).