As the most comprehensive private foundation in the region, The John R. Oishei Foundation empowers our partners to drive change and transform lives throughout the community. Here are a few of their stories.
Daybreak Program in expanded facility pairs social services with basic needs for those in crisis
Early intervention for expectant moms and young children leads to positive outcomes
Mobile Health Clinics connect students with health and medical needs and so much more
Funders Collaborative Complements New York State Investment in Revitalization Strategies
A unique workforce development program creates a pipeline of workers skilled in the construction trades
Programs move to an online format in fun and meaningful way to keep kids engaged and connected during pandemic shut down
Oishei Foundation a Founding Member of the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund, Contributing Staff Resources and $2 Million
Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum has welcomed more than 100,000 people to the waterfront attraction since opening last spring with a focus on bringing children and families together for play - including those with developmental or learning disabilities.
Mobile Safety-Net Team Collaborates with Catholic Charities to Host Hubs
to Connect Residents with Services
Nearly 200 students, representing a diversity of ethnic backgrounds from 13 local private high schools, chose to participate in the full-day conference designed to help students better understand issues of DEI and the role that they can take to help everyone feel a sense of belonging.
A new facility that promotes physical activity and offers a safe afterschool space is welcome in a neighborhood that has been neglected.
An initial idea to lease space and share it with other craftsmen in an Eastside warehouse has evolved into a community where entrepreneurship meets education that is attracting attention, funding and awards.
For many veterans, returning home from the battlefield can be a difficult transition with few loved ones understanding the trauma they have gone through. All too often, this results in strained relationships, addiction, PTSD, depression and more.
The multi-year effort to create diverse, equitable and inclusive schools is unique in that it includes collaboration among competing local private high schools
In the mid-2010s as the opioid crisis was beginning to take hold and opioid overdose deaths were climbing, most emergency rooms treated overdose patients as they always had: stabilize the patient and discharge them with some phone numbers where they might seek help.
Adding fresh fruit and other healthy options to neighborhood corner stores may seem like a smart and relatively simple prospect. For many small stores that serve urban neighborhoods, it may be trickier than it seems which is why the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI) was formed in 2016.
Gerard Place strives to break the cycle of poverty by providing support and housing for single-parent families who are experiencing homelessness, poverty and/or domestic/substance abuse, primarily in the Bailey-Delavan area. The agency provides services designed to empower individuals through education, employment, vocational training, life skill classes and counseling.
The Oishei Foundation was instrumental in the creation of the Coordinated Refugee/Asylee Legal Services Project (CRLS) that aims to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate legal services to Refugee and Asylee communities. Begun in 2014, the project grew out of Oishei’ s initial connection between Journey’s End Refugee Services and the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo to address a need for legal services for the refugee community.
Since 1998, The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded local eighth-grade students scholarships to attend private high schools in the area. Administered in partnership with the Education Collaborative of WNY (EdCo), the program was designed to provide financial assistance to talented and yet economically disadvantaged students who aspired to attend private high school. To date, the Foundation has funded scholarships for nearly 300 students, totaling $10 million in education funding.
The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is one of Western New York’s most important success stories and the Oishei Foundation has been a significant contributor to capital projects, research and bridging connections between organizations, people and locations on Campus.
The Oishei Foundation has been a partner and supporter of the Jericho Road Community Health Center from the earliest days of the health center’s existence. The Foundation helped the nascent medical clinic receive its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status by funding a consultant to guide the organization through the process and helping them meet and document a stringent set of requirements.