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Gateway Longview Foundation

The Gateway Longview Foundation was established as a 501c3 not-for-profit organization in 1998 to manage gifts that support the mission and programs of Gateway Longview. Since it's inception, your gifts to our Foundation have allowed for more than $34 million to directly benefit children and families across Western New York.

​Click here for our 2021 Community Impact Report


If you would like to make a gift to one of our funding priority projects, or are interested in exploring additional areas of need that fit your personal giving priorities, please call us at 716.783.3220.


Legacy Makers

Lotta V. Minehan

Gateway Longview received a legacy gift 53 years in the making of more than $750,000 from a generous supporter named Lotta V. Minehan.

Throughout her life, Ms. Minehan, gave gifts to support the orphans served by the Methodist Home for Children, now known as Gateway Longview. Prior to passing in 1957, she named the Methodist Home as the sole beneficiary in her will. Her Estate included 131 acres of land in rural Pennsylvania, and in 2010 due to gas excavation in the region, the underground resources resulted in significant revenue for the children served by Gateway Longview.


Fifty-three years after becoming a church triumphant, Ms. Minehan's legacy lives on.


Joanne P. Thomas


Miss Thomas was a kind soul who cared for the less fortunate in the community. She was a faithful member of Central Park United Methodist Church in Buffalo, New York. Professionally, she served as a secretary at WIVB-TV, the Western New York CBS affiliate, for many years before retiring in 1989.


Her vocation and passion for people provided her with the opportunity to get involved in many different missions and charitable organizations, including Gateway Longview. In June 2011, Gateway Longview received a $125,000 bequest gift from Miss Thomas’ Estate.

Her generosity over the years provided critical support for the children in our care. Miss Thomas passed in February 2011, yet her kindness endures.

Evelyn Mae Mowitz


Ms. Mowitz' life’s work improved thousands of children's lives and now, even in death, her legacy of caring for disadvantaged children carries on at Gateway Longview. The native Western New Yorker generously donated a $50,000 bequest gift to support the children that rely on the charitable child and family service agency.


In 1932, after graduating from Boston University, the Town of Tonawanda native returned to her home region and began what would become an exemplary social work career at the Methodist Home for Children, located in Williamsville, New York. Her years of dedicated professional service at the Methodist Home held a special place in her heart throughout her life.


Ms. Mowitz outlined provisions in her trust that a bequest in the amount of $50,000 be given to Gateway Longview, the former Methodist Home for Children, at the time of her death.


In June 2010, at the age of 100, Ms. Mowitz entered eternal rest peacefully in her home in Ojai, California. Ms. Mowitz' family says she should be remembered for her passion for caring for children and dedication to helping the disadvantaged.

If you would like to discuss a legacy giving program for yourself or your family, and how to include Gateway Longview Foundation in your will, trust, or estate plans, please call us at 716.783.3220.

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Get Involved

Whether you're able to give two hours during a one-time visit, or two hours once a month to spend time with youth in care, you can be sure that your time is invested well. So much of what volunteers accomplish at Gateway Longview would not be feasible without the donated time, passion, and commitment of our community.



Unrestricted gifts provide for moments that mean the most. As part of Gateway Longview Foundation's yearly pledge to support Agency programs, your donation helps with needs like winter coats, bus tokens, bike helmets, art supplies, cots for preschool, finding safe homes for kids in foster care, events for kinship families, parent training programs and more. 

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