July 22, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The foundation created by late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will deliver $1.2 billion over the next 20 years to causes in western New York and southeastern Michigan.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is funded with proceeds from the sale of the Bills after the death of the franchise's founder in 2014.

A mission statement released Wednesday said grants will go to causes that resonated with Wilson. The Hall of Fame owner's priorities included supporting healthy lifestyles, early childhood and youth development, caregivers, community development and economic growth.

Wilson directed the foundation to spend down its fund within 20 years in order to complete its work within the lifetimes of those who knew him best.

Wilson was 95 when he died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

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