As CEPA embarks upon its 40th Anniversary season, we are humbled and inspired by the important impact we are able to make in the lives of young people, artists and audiences throughout the nation.

Recognized by Michelle Obama with a 2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, CEPA’s nationally celebrated community arts programs create opportunities for children throughout Buffalo and Western New York to come together and learn in a unique and supportive arts education environment.

Now you can help CEPA continue on this trajectory, meeting the needs of artists and our community with artistic and educational programming of the highest international caliber and repute.

CEPA Gallery - Michelle Obama presents the PCAH National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Ways to Donate

Your tax-deductible gift of any amount is deeply appreciated. Unrestricted donations allow us to use the funds where they are most needed, but if you prefer, you may designate your gift towards Arts Education or the Contemporary Photography and Visual Arts program.

There are a variety of ways that you can donate to CEPA and offer your support.

Donate Online

You can donate online today through our secure form, including:

  • One-Time Donations. Make a one-time donation of any amount today.
  • Planned Giving. Recurring donations can help you make a noteworthy contribution to the arts while meeting your personal financial needs.
  • Matching Funds. Is your donation being matched? Just let us know.
  • Memorial and Honorary Donations. Make an acknowledged donation to CEPA in honor of, or in memory of, someone special.
  • Anonymous Donation. Prefer to remain anonymous? That’s just fine by us.

Donate By Mail

You can also always make donations via mail. Send your checks or money orders to:

CEPA Gallery
617 Main Street, #201
Buffalo, NY 14203

If you have any questions about donating to CEPA by mail, contact CEPA Gallery:


CEPA Membership is the best way to stay informed about CEPA’s upcoming exhibits, special events, workshops and other activities—plus Members get some great perks for their support, including discounts on darkroom and digital photo lab access, invitations to show work in the Annual Members Exhibit, and more.

Learn about CEPA Membership

Other Ways to Donate

There are also many other ways for you to support CEPA.

  • In-Kind Donations. Your support for CEPA doesn’t have to have a dollar sign. If you’d like to offer goods or services that benefit our mission, then we’d love to talk.
  • Workplace Giving. You can designate donations to CEPA through your participation in United Way, SEFA (for New York state employees), Combined Federal Campaign or other workplace-sponsored programs, including employer-sponsored Matching Gifts programs.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor. CEPA partners with businesses of all sizes. Your financial support or in-kind contribution helps us fulfill our mission and allows you to reach a wider audience.
  • Donate Stocks & Securities. Long-term appreciated stocks and securities are excellent ways to provide financial support and realize tax advantages or reductions in capital gains.
  • Bequests. Remembering CEPA in your will is a wonderful way to leave a legacy to the community.

For more information about these other ways to donate to CEPA, contact CEPA Gallery:

Fundraisers & Auctions

CEPA holds a number of fundraisers and auctions throughout the year. Check out our upcoming campaigns to find out how you can take part and help us achieve all of our programming goals.

Upcoming CEPA Fundraisers & Auctions


CEPA volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Their skills and enthusiasm give us a much-needed boost, while at the same time they gain experience with the day-to-day workings of an arts organization.

Volunteer at CEPA

Testimonials from Featured CEPA Students & Artists

Our numerous awards and accolades, including the 2013 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, is visible recognition of this collective impact and success. But our students and artists themselves best illustrate what can be accomplished when a passionate and committed organization and an energized, supportive community join together.

From a 9th-grade student:

“The most important thing I learned [at CEPA] is that everyone has their own unique perspective. This concept has changed the way I think by first allowing me to look at things the way others do and then to make my own decision about what I am seeing.”

From artist and curator Craig Smith:

“I have been working with CEPA Gallery as an artist and curator for several years on both a national and international basis. CEPA is consistently innovating the spaces and programming that can support the dynamic, contemporary environment of visual art, education, and public outreach. I have been able to work with a wide range of audiences, institutions, and exhibition formats with CEPA’s support and have always relied upon its reputation as one of the United States oldest and most forward-looking photographic galleries when making reference to their hosting of my work.”

Read other Testimonials

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