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Distinguishing the Social Sector: Panel Discussion and Lunch

Presenter(s): Kristin Ksiazek, Rusty Weaver, Sam Magavern, Franchelle Parker, Katie Pieri, Curtis Robbins, Tommy McClam
Date: September 19, 2019, 12-1:45 pm
Distinguishing the Social Sector: Panel Discussion and Lunch

Report Finds Social Sector is Fast-Growing Part of the Buffalo-Niagara Economy: Panel to Discuss Findings on September 19

Buffalo, September 13, 2019.  On September 19, 2019, the Partnership for the Public Good and Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab will release a report that sheds light on employment in the social sector – which includes government and nonprofit jobs.

Kristin Ksiazek, Collaboration and Research Specialist, and Rusty Weaver, Regional Economic Geographer for the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab will speak on the findings at a panel discussion which will take place in the Buffalo Commons Classroom at 617 Main Street, Buffalo, Floor 3R at 12pm-1:45pm on September 19. They will be joined by local experts for a discussion about what is being done to prepare people for roles in the social sector, what additional capacity is needed and how the impact of the organizations and entities can be measured. The other panelists will be:


• Sam Magavern, Senior Policy Fellow, Partnership for the Public Good

• Franchelle Parker, Executive Director, Open Buffalo

• Curtis Robbins, Director of Strategy, Research, and Evaluation, John R. Oishei Foundation

• Katie Pieri, Director, Western New York Nonprofit Support Group

• Tommy McClam, Say Yes Buffalo Director of Boys and Men of Color Initiative


The study focuses on the two largest parts of Buffalo-Niagara’s social sector: nonprofit and government employers. Some of the findings include:


• In Buffalo-Niagara there are 5,500 registered, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit corporations. Of these, 2,890 have paid employees.

• Job postings in Buffalo-Niagara require more education, but fewer technology and data skills, than national averages.

• 39.2% of nonprofit workers and 36.7% of public workers are college graduates, compared to 26.7% of all workers.

• More than 23% of social sector workers are persons of color, compared to 12.6% of all workers.

• More than one third of nonprofit workers earn less than $1,250 per month.


The report will be posted on the Partnership for the Public Good website, in the Buffalo Commons digital library:

This workshop is free and open to the public; food is provided, so register by emailing