The John R. Oishei Foundation enhances the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership, and network building.
The John R. Oishei Foundation envisions the Buffalo Niagara region as a safe, healthy, thriving, culturally rich, and diverse community with equitable opportunities for all.
Our Core Values
Respectful to Others
We treat all people and communities with honesty, integrity, and the utmost regard.
Inquisitive and Communicative
We build trust, strengthen relationships, and improve effectiveness by working in a clear and transparent manner.
We encourage partnerships and collaborations in order to produce broader results and achieve an even greater impact.
We promote knowledgeable, passionate leadership as the most effective way to address critical issues in the region.
We believe that a variety of perspectives— including (but not limited to) each person’s ethnicity, race, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity — contributes meaningfully to our work.
Agile and Innovative
Understanding that community needs often change—sometimes quickly—we need to be agile and innovative in order to make progress.
Commitment to Racial Equity
As an organization that serves the Buffalo Niagara Region on a variety of issues, we are acutely aware that not all Western New Yorkers are treated equally, or have access to equal opportunities. Too often, the color of your skin affects where you live, where your kids will go to school, and what jobs are available to you. For our entire region to thrive, we must address racial inequities head-on. We believe we need to lead by example, which is why our first steps are to examine our own practices and policies. Our intentional focus on racial equity helps ensure that our practices are committed to making life better for all. We hope that our commitment to this important work will inspire others to do the same.
> Read the Racial Equity Statement of Commitment
> Read the Racial Equity Audit Report and Goals