Buffalo City Mission

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With the strengths of our brand new Community Center, The Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise, and our shelter for women and children, Cornerstone Manor, Buffalo City Mission provides comprehensive recovery programs to help homeless men, women and children rebuild stable, healthy, productive lives.

We believe Jesus calls us to open our arms wide as the need grows. We will continue to expand our services and develop innovative programs as the complexities of homelessness change.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Buffalo City Mission
100 East Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203

Website: buffalocitymission.org

Phone: (716) 854-8181

Email: buffalocitymission.org/contact-us/

Organization details

EIN: 160743965

CEO/President: Stuart L. Harper

Chairman: Paul Kazmierczak

Board size: 8

Founder: Billy Sunday, Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


The purpose of Buffalo City Mission is to proclaim and demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of men, women and children who are homeless or in need of hope.

Buffalo City Mission's vision is to restore hope to the homeless and hurting of Western New York. We provide emergency shelter and nourishing meals to thousands of homeless men, women and children. But we don't believe that's enough.

Mission statement

The Buffalo City Mission exists to restore hope and dignity to the hurting and homeless through the transforming grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority.
We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead.
We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God.
We believe in the fall of man and his need for redemption.
We believe in the Deity, incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe in Christ's vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
We believe in Christ's bodily resurrection from the tomb and His Ascension into Heaven.
We believe in Jesus Christ's personal, imminent return.
We believe in the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the justification of the believer by grace through faith.
We believe in a literal Satan who is our adversary.
We believe in a literal Heaven for the redeemed and a literal hell for the lost.

(Adopted in 1917, from the Statement of Christian Faith by the founding committee and used by the Board of Directors as the foundation for work.)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating970 of 1022154 of 160
Fund acquisition rating946 of 1024155 of 160
Resource allocation rating920 of 1024143 of 160
Asset utilization rating679 of 1022121 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,046,180$2,978,546$5,112,487$1,790,660$335,965
Short-term investments$717,858$180,888$195,516$134,027$135,288
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,566,971$8,536,666$10,249,820$5,656,026$5,418,560
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$17,693,942$9,796,765$1,446,976$1,369,501$1,114,208
Other long-term assets$635,993$1,563,186$1,701,312$1,731,430$1,778,625
Total long-term assets$18,329,935$11,359,951$3,148,288$3,100,931$2,892,833
Total assets$24,896,906$19,896,617$13,398,108$8,756,957$8,311,393
Payables and accrued expenses$855,014$1,864,201$480,255$347,016$426,813
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$855,014$1,864,201$480,255$347,016$426,813
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$380,311$23,772$158$7,955$49,792
Total long-term liabilities$9,993,918$4,066,526$523,758$563,911$616,290
Total liabilities$10,848,932$5,930,727$1,004,013$910,927$1,043,103
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,550,011$5,750,586$6,725,930$5,437,168$5,426,463
With donor restrictions$9,497,963$8,215,304$5,668,165$2,408,862$1,841,827
Net assets$14,047,974$13,965,890$12,394,095$7,846,030$7,268,290
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Total contributions$10,207,313$10,219,481$12,727,530$8,581,044$7,704,109
Program service revenue$401,898$615,907$595,939$527,119$546,094
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($215,731)$137,541$80,482$120,581$78,587
Other revenue$10,727$180,998$374,505$10,260$10,058
Total other revenue$196,894$934,446$1,050,926$657,960$634,739
Total revenue$10,404,207$11,153,927$13,778,456$9,239,004$8,338,848
Program services$6,811,542$6,462,276$6,445,792$5,974,511$6,447,898
Management and general$760,144$752,318$603,700$591,059$580,586
Total expenses$9,920,211$9,417,619$9,291,370$8,709,233$8,740,199
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$483,996$1,736,308$4,487,086$529,771($401,351)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$483,996$1,736,308$4,487,086$529,771($401,351)


Stuart HarperExecutive Director$173,740
Amy ThewChief Financial Officer$57,000

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


June 29, 1917

Baseball hero-turned-evangelist Billy Sunday makes a contribution of $8,400 to the Buffalo Evangelistic Association, directing them to open a rescue mission. Rev. and Mrs. Edward Clark initiated City Mission Society that fall.


City Mission Society's board of directors purchase Fenton's Pekin Cabaret, a former nightclub, using Billy Sunday's gift as down payment. The Mission opens its doors June 11 to provide chapel services and meals for the homeless.


City Mission Society expands its services to include clothing and sheltering the homeless.


Women from 20 Western New York churches form a women's auxiliary to raise funds, improve housekeeping, formalize clothing distribution and coordinate holiday events. In addition to cash, donations during this time include gifts of milk, farm produce, meat and other foods for the Mission's dining tables and community food pantry.


With drug use and domestic violence on the rise, family homelessness becomes a nationwide concern. In 1981, the Mission opens a shelter and safe house in a Victorian house on Linwood for families victimized by fire, violence and other crises.


City Mission Society (now known as Buffalo City Mission) moves into a new facility at 100 E. Tupper, where administrative offices and the Men's Community Center are located.


The Mission would go on to raise $1.3 million to build the initial Cornerstone Manor Women and Children's Shelter located at 45 Carlton Street. This facility opened in October 1990 and provided emergency shelter, recovery programs and an on-site school satellite for homeless children.


In 2001, a campaign to build a new and larger facility for Cornerstone Manor begins in response to the growing number of homeless women and children in Western New York.


August 18, 2006, the new building opens its doors for its first year. Foundations, corporations, churches and individuals provided the means to raise $15 million dollars to build Buffalo City Mission's new Cornerstone Manor for Women and Children.


The Buffalo City Mission celebrates it's 100 Year Anniversary serving those in need in the Western New York area.


The Buffalo City Mission holds it's Groundbreaking Ceremony on September 19th to officially begin the construction of the new Men's Community Center.


The Mission holds it's Topping Out Ceremony on April 16th, where the Board, Staff, Dignitaries and Guests were invited to sign a ceremonial white beam that was then hoisted into place to complete the steel structure of the new Community Center.


The Buffalo City Mission opens it's new Community Center, the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise. March - The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is held on March 26th to officially open the doors of the brand new facility, offering many more programs and services to Buffalo's most vulnerable neighbors.

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