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The John R. Oishei Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-09-02

At A Glance

The John R. Oishei Foundation

726 Exchange Street, Ste. 510

Buffalo, NY United States 14210

Telephone: (716) 856-9490


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $267,696,000

Total giving: $21,581,000






Incorporated in 1941 in NY - Founded by the late John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation, a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of integrated wiper systems and electronics. After the car Oishei was driving on a rainy night hit a cyclist, though not seriously, he vowed to improve driver visibility during inclement weather to prevent such accidents. His company introduced the first windshield wiper, the Rain Rubber, to the automobiles of the early 20th century.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Building Livable, Stable Neighborhoods

Through the program, the foundation strives to build livable, stable neighborhoods by championing the creation and sustainability of neighborhoods and communities that support local business and have access to meaningful employment, healthy food, transportation, healthcare, housing, public safety and quality of life elements (e.g. arts, culture and entertainment).

Enhancing Options for Self-Sufficiency

The foundation seeks to enhance options for self-sufficiency in the Western New York region by creating access to meaningful employment supports and supporting organizations and efforts that provide basic human needs such as clothing, food, shelter and transportation.

Expanding the Role of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Regional Development

The program supports efforts that increase the number of local visitors and tourists at cultural, natural and heritage sites throughout the region in order to expand their role in regional development.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has mabe PRIs in the form of loans for a food service organization and for a senior care organization. The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan for the establishment of a community blood bank. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to purchase and renovate property for art space, and for the purchase of property for a medical campus.

Promoting Health and Improving Systems

The program works to promote health and improve systems of care in Western New York by supporting programs that provide access to primary care, health insurance, and preventative care for all residents.

Strengthening the Education Continuum

The program works to strengthen the education continuum by developing, cultivating and sustaining a solid, consistent and supportive education pathway from birth to career for area.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Health
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Science
  • Secondary education
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $267,696,000 (market value)

Expenditures: $24,246,000

Total giving: $21,581,000

Qualifying distributions: $21,581,000

Giving activities include:

$21,581,000 for grants

$500,000 for loans/program-related investments