Changing lives takes much more than funding. It takes open minds, original approaches, a focus on building relationships, and a commitment to supporting the holistic needs of the nonprofit community.
At The Oishei Foundation, we understand that funding is just one piece of the picture. Even the most outstanding nonprofits can benefit from expert advice, capacity building tools, and opportunities to connect with others.
Effective leadership is at the core of any successful organization. We believe that investing in leadership pays significant dividends for our nonprofit community, which is why we have created programs to develop future leaders.
Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. We take pride in our role as a community convener, bringing together nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and other foundations to achieve far more than any one organization could accomplish on its own.
The Mobile Safety-Net Team (MSNT), an initiative of the Oishei Foundation, works within communities throughout Erie and Niagara Counties to strengthen the safety net of human and social services, build coalitions among organizations, and promote data-informed decision-making.
What are the most critical issues in Western New York? How exactly do our grantees and partners improve lives in the community? Are we truly maximizing our impact as a foundation? These are just a few of the questions we ask as we strive to be transparent, agile, and effective through collaborative research and learning.