about the Aquino Family Foundation

The Aquino Family Foundation was founded by Michael Aquino, M.D. a Western New York native, and his wife Cheryl, a Johnstown, New York native. They currently reside in New Jersey with their 2 sons, Gabriel and Nathaniel. Both Michael and Cheryl have fond memories of growing up in New York supported by their devoted families.

Both are forever grateful to the areas where they were raised. To express their gratitude and to carry on their families' values, they established the Aquino Family Foundation in 2010.

The Foundation focuses on the Western New York and New Jersey communities, however other areas have benefited over the years. The Foundation primarily gives to individuals and organizations, with a specific emphasis on youth and disabilities. Additionally, the organization supports individuals with financial hardships caused by unanticipated medical difficulties.

To date, the Foundation has made financial contributions to individuals and organizations in excess of $750,000. Less than 1% of the Foundation’s finances are allocated to administrative expenses.

If you’re interested in donating to the foundation, visit our donation page.

If you’d like to apply for funding, please visit our application page.



Wanting to give back to the communities he calls home, Michael Aquino, MD established the foundation in 2010.

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Donations exceed $250,000

As of 2014, more than $250,000 have been donated to charitable organizations.

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Donations exceed $500,000

In 2018, total charitable donations exceeded $500,000.

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Aquino Family Foundation gym is named

In 2019, The Depew Lancaster Boys and Girls Club named their gym in the foundation’s honor.

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mission statement

The Aquino Family Charitable Foundation (AFF) is a family-based not-for-profit corporation that provides financial assistance and empowerment to efficient charitable organizations, as well as to individuals pursuing education, mission work, research or those facing a health crisis.

current board members

Chairman and President 
Michael Aquino M.D.


Board Members

Rose Aquino

Pamela Aquino

LuAnne Brown

Jamie Hypnarowski

Joseph Karaszewski

Vice President
Cheryl Aquino


Advisory Board Members

Nicholas Aquino, M.D.

Donna  J. Aquino

Julie Aquino

Michael J. Brown

Elsie Dawe

Mark Aquino, Esq.

Patrick A. Cipolla

asset allocation