The John R. Oishei Foundation has named Natalie Cook as Grants Associate for Western New York’s most comprehensive private foundation. Natalie will assist the Director of Finance and Administration and will work with grant seekers to guide them through the application process, provide grants management and administrative support to internal team members, and provide support to the Board of Directors. She will begin work at the Foundation on September 1, 2020.
Prior to joining the Oishei Foundation, Natalie served as a Community Impact Coordinator for the Mobile Safety-Net Team (MSNT), an initiative of the Oishei Foundation. In that role, she worked directly with local communities to identify and address critical needs and to identify opportunities for collaboration to expand resources. Part of the team since 2016, Natalie worked primarily with the Lackawanna, Cheektowaga, and Akron-Newstead communities.
Prior to joining MSNT, she served with AmeriCorps in Niagara Falls (with ReNU Niagara) and was the grants coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County of the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play and Creating Healthy Schools and Communities programs. She has been involved with community gardens in Niagara Falls and Buffalo since 2012 and currently sits on the board of Grassroots Gardens of WNY. She received her bachelor’s degree at Siena College in sociology and business in 2010 and holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a Community Development concentration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Robert Gioia, President of the Oishei Foundation commented, “As a critical member of the Mobile Safety-Net Team, we already know Natalie’s commitment to our community, her strong work ethic, and her understanding of the nonprofit sector. We know she will hit the ground running as grants associate and we are delighted that she will continue to be a valuable member of our team.”
The John R. Oishei Foundation is the most comprehensive private foundation in Western New York focusing on a broad range of interrelated issues and offering philanthropic support that goes far beyond funding. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.